Public voting open for inaugural Mobile Phone Award winner at 2015 Sony World Photography Awards

Public voting opens today to decide the winner of the first Mobile Phone Award at the Sony World Photography Awards.  Members of the public can choose from 20 spectacular shots shortlisted by an expert judging panel at

The Sony World Photography Awards is the world’s biggest photography competition and this year it launched a new competition dedicated to mobile phone photography.  The Mobile Phone Award was introduced in recognition of the increased accessibility the latest camera technology within mobile phones has given photographers of all abilities and the creative freedom this has allowed.

Photographers had just one month from 27th January to enter their best shots taken with any mobile phone.  The competition received a staggering 10,293 entries from across the world in this short time.

A shortlist of 20 images has been compiled by the following experts from across the photographic industry:

  • Anna Dickson, Deputy Director of Photography, Wall Street Journal, USA
  • Chris Hudson, Group Art Editor, National Geographic Traveller, UK
  • Anthony Lepinay, Photographer and Creative Director, France
  • Alvin Soon, Associate Editor, HWM and, Singapore
  • Evgeny Tchebotarev, CPO and Co-Founder, 500px, Canada

The 20 shortlisted photographers are:

  • Craig Atkinson, UK
  • Salvatore Calafato, Italy
  • Monica Coteriano, Portugal
  • Emanuel Faria, Portugal
  • Henny Gylfa, Iceland
  • Weronika Kaźmierczak, Poland
  • Olga Nazarova, Russia
  • Luca Laghetti, Italy
  • Hamed Nazari, Iran (shortlisted for two images)
  • Nuno Perestrelo, Portugal
  • Atle Rønningen, Norway
  • Ako Salemi, Iran
  • Janos Schmidt, Hungary (shortlisted for two images)
  • Gerard Trang, France
  • Mijail Vallejo, Ecuador (shortlisted for two images)
  • Carla Vermeend, Netherlands
  • Helen Whelton, UK


 The winner is now to be chosen via public vote at

How To Vote

Members of the public simply go to to view all 20 shortlisted images and “Thumbs up” their favourite image.

The image with the most “Thumbs ups” will be named the winner and will be revealed at the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards gala ceremony in London on Thursday 23 April.

The winner will receive:

  • A trip to London to attend the Sony World Photography Awards gala ceremony on 23 April
  • Will be included in the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition at Somerset House, London from 24th April – 10th May
  •  A Sony Mobile product bundle including the flagship Xperia™ smartphone and tablet.

Joanne Carter, creator of the world’s most popular mobile photography and art website—— 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 - 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: [email protected]