MPA 2011 Summary

The Mobile Photo Awards had the largest response to a paid open-call in the short history of Mobile Photography. With over 100,000 page views and 17,000 unique visitors from 114 countries, the awards had over 2200 image entries. The competition was designed to celebrate the explosive growth of mobile-phone photography and art. The winning 25 entries will be part of a traveling exhibit alongside images from the jury and a select few honorable mentions. The exhibit will premiere with a three month engagement at San Francisco’s prestigious ArtHaus gallery beginning in April of 2012.

Indifference by Stefano Pesarelli – Grand Prize

“Thanks to the advancements in lenses and image sensors for mobile phones, and the eco-system of developers who have created photo processing applications, the creativity of mobile photography knows no bounds,” said Daniel Berman, founder of the Mobile Photo Awards and a noted mobile photographer known as Reservoir_Dan. “With this competition and open gallery call, we now give mobile photographers and artists the chance to take that creativity even further and show the art world and public just how inspiring these images can be.”

The awards partnered with 12 of the most popular iPhone photo apps including Filterstorm, FX PhotoStudio, CrossProcess, ShakeItPhoto, ScratchCam, and Juxtaposer. Archival prints for the gallery shows are courtesy of FotoMoto canvasses for the gallery shows courtesy of Canvas POP. Keepsy provided free photo books to winners in three categories and Life In LoFi featured showcases for three of the winners.

Awesome Sauce by Sara Tune – 2nd Place winner

Entries were judged based on originality, creativity, and adherence to the contest theme. The jury was comprised of 15 of today’s most celebrated mobile photographers and includes widely published and well-known iPhoneographers such as Aik Beng Chia, Alan Kastner, Robert-Paul Jansen, and Nettie Edwards. A complete list of the jury can be seen at Mobile Photo Awards

The Winners

Photo Categories:

Architecture/Design: Image Pic #35 by Souichi Forusho
Appstracts/Graphic Art: Red Dot by Erik Beck
Digital Art/Collage: The Visitation of Mr. Horatio by Robert Herold
Beach Life: Co-Winners Waiting for the Perfect Wave by Cindy Patrick and The Day After Irene by Haida Nguyen
Plants/Flowers: Curvaceous by Heather Craig
Music/Entertainers: Subway Singers by Erin McCann
Black & White: Indifference by Stefano Pessareli
Waterscapes: Tidal Impressions by Patrick Shourds
Self-Portraits: Conflict by Emily Rose
Landscapes: Into the Wind by Deb Evans Braun
Sunlight: One More for the Bronx by Jordan Miles
Fashion: Catwalk by Robin Sweet
Wildlife/Pets: Highland Cow by Gilles Perroud
People/Portraits: Dandelion Wishes by Anthony Docherty
Street Photography: Double Dutch Nuns by Jose Chavarry

App Categories:

Juxtaposer: Awesome Sauce by Sara Tune
ScratchCam: You, Too by Giuseppe Capozzo / Krapoz
Color Splash: This Way by Robson Santos
FX Photo Studio: Lunar by Laura Conomy
Perfect Photo: The Gentleman by Cindi Hobgood
ShakeitPhoto: Horizontally Vertical by Eric Einweiler
CrossProcess: IronMan by Kert Gartner
Percolator: Gingered Torso by Shane Robinson
MonoPhix: Caught in the Headlight by Chan Kar Mun
Filterstorm: Goodnight, Irene by Unruly_e
Diptic: Beauty and the Beast by Poh Ling Ng

A gallery of the winning images can be seen here

Click here for a complete gallery of the images on the gallery tour, including the Founder’s Choice Honorable Mentions.

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About the MPA

The Mobile Photo Awards were founded to promote the global phenomenon of mobile photography and art.  The awards are committed to presenting the art-form in galleries and exhibits. The MPA is the world's largest open gallery call and competition of its kind.
The Mobile Photo Awards were founded to promote and celebrate mobile photography and art. With fine-art exhibits, competitions and open gallery calls, the MPA is the world's largest event of it's kind.