First of all, thank you for entering the Mobile Photo Awards – the world’s largest competition and gallery call for mobile photography and art. The sheer volume of amazing images from nearly 40 countries proves that our community is extremely talented and truly global. The quality of entries this year was really staggering.
For nearly a month now, our jury has been assessing, studying and selecting images from the thousands of entries we received. We thank you for your patience!
Our process for awarding each category is as follows:
1) the lead judge for each category narrows his/her images down to shortlists of between 15-30 by scoring each photo and then selecting the top images (the shortlist number changes depending upon the quantity of entries.)
2) Each judge is joined by two other members of the panel where a top 5 is determined. That top 5 consists of a winner, a runner-up and three honorable mentions. The winner and runner up will both be included in the gallery exhibits.
The shortlists of 15-30 for every category will be published as clickable thumbnail galleries on Friday January 25th – this will include the announcements of our winner, runner up and three honorable mentions. You will be able to see all of the images as thumbnails which then open to fullscreen. A link will be sent to you via email – the link will also be prominently displayed on our Facebook page, Twitter, the Mobile Photo Awards submission site and right here on the MPA Blog.
The MPA Photographer of the Year and the ArtHaus Photo Essay will be announced in early February, approximately 10-14 days after the category winners are revealed. More info to follow…
Cheers and good luck!
Daniel and the MPA Team
Along with our partners at Canvas Pop’s LTD Program, The Mobile Photo Awards is pleased to offer a limited edition canvas of Souichi Furusho’s Endless Blue at 12×12 and 20×20.The canvas edition will be available for 7 days only from January 3-10, 2013 at $49 (12×12) and $99(20×20). The LTD program from Canvas Pop is a seriously great way to directly support an artist and discover remarkable art, available for a limited time at a great price every week! Like what you see? Get it before time runs out.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Mobile Photography Award Winning artist Souichi Furusho lives in Japan, and works as a graphic designer in the field of advertising media. He got an iPhone 3GS in January, 2011, and began to use it to take photos. His work expresses his vision of the creative world by combining various images.
Like so many others, we at the MPA shake our heads at the originality and power of Souichi Furusho’s iphone images. There is a dreamlike narrative running through Furusho’s work and we love his thematic use of umbrellas. Why umbrellas? We asked him about this and his answer is included below. It is with great pleasure that we offer Endless Blue from his “Umbrella” series as part of the Canvas Pop LTD Program.
“The umbrella has become a symbol essential to my work. For me, the umbrella embodies the thoughts and dreams of people; the umbrella is a vehicle which carries a dream.”
Readers of the MPA blog will no doubt remember Souichi’s photo essay The Umbrellas of Furusho – one of the highlights of 2012.
“With my iPhone I produce one work from many” says Furusho.
“I imagine, while looking at a photo I have taken with an iPhone: continue walking along the blue ground which goes…to where? Even if a wind blows and it is struck by rain, I will continue to walk with an umbrella of hope. To find the answer for me. I walk with hope that the future is bright.” – Souichi Furusho
Endless Blue is printed on Giclée archival quality canvas print on 1.5″ deep stretchers, includes a digitally-signed certificate of authenticity and supports the artist directly. For 7 days only – January 3-10, 2013 at $49 (12×12) and $99 (20×20).
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