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As our readers will be aware, we are Media Partners to the Mobile Photography Awards 2012 so, it gives us great pleasure to pass on this latest Press Release. We’re recording an interview with Daniel Berman, founder of the MPA shortly, look out for that next week.

“The Mobile Photography Awards were designed to celebrate and focus attention on the explosive growth of mobile phone photography and art,” says Berman. “The majority of pictures these days are taken on smartphones and there are many talented people in the world who are dedicating their time to this craft, creating amazing art. We want to showcase this to the fine art world and get noticed by even more collectors.”

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2011 Winner: Double Dutch Nuns by Jose Chavarry

 

Based on the feedback and traction from the MPA’s inaugural awards in 2011, the market appears to be hungry for fresh art. Eight of the winners from last years curated exhibit sold their work for $1300 each, setting the record for fine art prices paid for limited edition mobile photography prints.

To up the ante this year, a Grand Prize of $3,000 will be awarded to the MPA Photographer of the Year, making the MPA award the biggest of its kind in the genre. Juried by the top photographers in the field, the winning 20 entries, runners-up and founder’s choices, will be part of an international gallery and exhibit tour. The 2013 tour will begin at the SOHO Gallery for Digital Art in New York City from February 22 to March 8.

“This is a passion project for me,” says Bernman. “I strive to promote mobile photography artists who really take their craft seriously. If you consider yourself an artist and want to build relationships with galleries and collectors, this is the place for you.”

The second annual awards are now open for submissions through December 15, 2012. Entry fees are $20 for 3, $30 for 5, $50 for 9 or $100 for 20.

Entries will be judged on originality, creativity and adherence to the contest theme. The 20 categories for the competition include such traditional photographic genres as Landscapes, Self- Portraits, and Street Photography as well as uniquely modern areas like Visual FX and Digital Painting. New showcase categories this year are the JUXT Photo Journalism Award for mobile photography and the ArtHaus Photo Essay – a sub-component to the MPA with it’s own award and exhibit at ArtHaus in San Francisco for one month in early 2013.

Joanne Carter, creator of the world’s most popular mobile photography and art website— TheAppWhisperer.com— TheAppWhisperer platform has been a pivotal cyberspace for mobile artists of all abilities to learn about, to explore, to celebrate and to share mobile artworks. Joanne’s compassion, inclusivity, and humility are hallmarks in all that she does, and is particularly evident in the platform she has built. In her words, “We all have the potential to remove ourselves from the centre of any circle and to expand a sphere of compassion outward; to include everyone interested in mobile art, ensuring every artist is within reach”, she has said. Promotion of mobile artists and the art form as a primary medium in today’s art world, has become her life’s focus. She has presented lectures bolstering mobile artists and their art from as far away as the Museum of Art in Seoul, South Korea to closer to her home in the UK at Focus on Imaging. Her experience as a jurist for mobile art competitions includes: Portugal, Canada, US, S Korea, UK and Italy. And her travels pioneering the breadth of mobile art includes key events in: Frankfurt, Naples, Amalfi Coast, Paris, Brazil, London. Pioneering the world’s first mobile art online gallery - TheAppWhispererPrintSales.com has extended her reach even further, shipping from London, UK to clients in the US, Europe and The Far East to a global group of collectors looking for exclusive art to hang in their homes and offices. The online gallery specialises in prints for discerning collectors of unique, previously unseen signed limited edition art. Her journey towards becoming The App Whisperer, includes (but is not limited to) working for a paparazzi photo agency for several years and as a deputy editor for a photo print magazine. Her own freelance photographic journalistic work is also widely acclaimed. She has been published extensively both within the UK and the US in national and international titles. These include The Times, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Popular Photography & Imaging, dpreview, NikonPro, Which? and more recently with the BBC as a Contributor, Columnist at Vogue Italia and Contributing Editor at LensCulture. Her professional photography has also been widely exhibited throughout Europe, including Italy, Portugal and the UK. She is currently writing several books, all related to mobile art and is always open to requests for new commissions for either writing or photography projects or a combination of both. Please contact her at: joanne@theappwhisperer.com

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