San Diego, CA—The World Photography Organization added a new award dedicated to mobile photography for the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards.
Noting that the latest camera technology in mobile phones has created increased accessibility for photographers, with the ability to capture moments in just about any circumstance or location to visually document day-to-day life, the award organizers added the mobile phone award category. The award recognizes how mobile photography has helped redefine the way photographers approach their art.
“With today’s incredible technology at our fingertips, we have ability to capture the everyday events that actually form part of the unique fabric of our lives,” said Astrid Merget Motsenigos, creative director of the World Photography Organization. “Most of us document our own history every day with our mobile phones and think nothing of it. This category allows us to look a little closer at those otherwise ordinary moments.”
Photographers of all abilities have until February 27, 2015 to submit their best image that answers this brief: “You get out of life what you put in. Push past the obvious and see the inspiration all around you. Discover the extraordinary by using your mobile phone to view the world through a different lens.” Entries submissions are free at worldphoto.org.
The 20 best images will be short listed by the following judging panel: Anna Dickson, director of Photography, Huffington Post, USA; Chris Hudson, group art editor, National Geographic Traveller, UK; Anthony Lepinay, photographer and creative director, France; Alvin Soon, associate editor, HWM and HardwareZone.com, Singapore; and Evgeny Tchebotarev, CPO and cofounder, 500px, Canada.
The shortlist is showcased on the World Photography Organization website, worldphoto.org, and one winner will be chosen via a public vote running on the website from March 10–17, 2015. The photographer of the public’s favorite picture will be flown to London to attend the Sony World Photography Awards gala ceremony on April 23 and will receive a Sony Mobile product bundle that includes Sony’s flagship Xperia smartphone and tablet.
WPO supports professional, amateur and student photography, lending a global platform for the photographic industry to communicate, converge and showcase current trends in photojournalism, fine art and commercial photography. Currently included within the WPO portfolio are: the Sony World Photography Awards; the World Photography Student Focus Competition; and Youth on Assignment. worldphoto.org