Mobile Photography/Art Competition – FIPA/TheAppWhisperer Special Award – ‘Gates of Paradise’ – How To Enter

I’m very excited about this wonderful competition, the NEM Florence International Photography Awards (FIPA), of which TheAppWhisperer has been very generously given a special section.

The theme is ‘Gates of Paradise’ I selected this theme to honour the gilded bronze doors of Florence’s Baptistery of San Giovanni and as inspiration for all mobile artists to create a magnificent work of art; not depicting the literal ‘Gates of Paradise’ but to portray, what the ‘Gates of Paradise’ represent to you. Think widely a place of contentment, a garden, being with a loved one, a tranquil location to retreat in times of stress.

One question I’ve been asked quite a lot recently is how do artists submit their entries and how many images can they submit.  So, I hope I can answer those for you here. As the competition is being run in conjunction with the FIPA Award and those rules are already set, Andrea and I have agreed that there can only be three images submitted in total to both groups. So, you may wish to submit two images to the main FIPA Award and one to TheAppWhisperer – Gates of Paradise award, or vice versa, whichever combination you like but only three in total.

The next question is, “how do I enter the images to TheAppWhisperer section”.  Firstly (many thanks to Diana Nicholette Jeon for sharing this), “on a desktop you need to go to the Flickr page that has the image you want to tag. Scroll down. Beneath “groups” you will see “Add Tags” click that and then enter #TheAppWhisperer_FIPA_Award. Then add that photo to the FIPA group”.

For details on how to enter via iPhone, please scroll down.  

I have attached Diana’s images here as per her example on Facebook to our APPart group.

How To Enter via iPhone

“On the iPhone, go to the Flickr App. Go to the image in your stream. Not the public, but the ALL section. Click on the image. Click on the little “i” symbol in the right corner. Scroll down. Beneath Groups you will see Tags. Click the little pencil icon and enter #TheAppWhisperer_FIPA_Award. Then add it to the FIPA group”.

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:

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