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

17 June 2015 – Update – I have now juried this part of the fabulous FIPA competition and my decision has been agreed with Andrea Bigiarini – the announcement will take place tomorrow the 18 June 2015 at 6 PM – CEST – that’s 5 pm London Time, 12 noon New York Time. Dilshad Corleone will read out the speech that I have prepared for the presentation of the Gates of Paradise Award as I cannot attend in person. There are two beautiful prizes and it’s going to be truly wonderful!

In association with the NEM the Florence International Photography Awards (FIPA), Joanne Carter  TheAppWhisperer has created a special mobile photography/art competition, within the competition.

The theme is ‘Gates of Paradise’  Joanne 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.

Only new images will be considered, images that have previously received awards in other competitions will be disregarded.

Twenty four images will be shortlisted and Judged by the Grand Jury with one winner awarded TheAppWhisperer Special Award and exhibited at the FIPA Space at Complesso Monumentale di Santa Apollonia in Florence with prize (to be announced).

To submit your images to this FIPA/TheAppWhisperer Pro Series Group, apply to join the group here and once accepted upload a maximum of three artworks to the group, with the hashtag #TheAppWhisperer_FIPA_Award – it is essential that you include this hashtag for your image to be accepted into this Award. All other rules are the same as for the Pro Series (see here).


More About The FIPA Event

Florence, Italy, is the cradle of the Renaissance and fine art and the home of the Fratelli Alinari (1845) pioneers of photography in the world. Always in step with the times and new forms of artistic expression, Florence will once again take center stage in 2015-2016 with a series of events called the Florence International Photography Awards (FIPA) to acknowledge and reward innovations in photography and Mobile Art.

The FIPA, a collaboration between the Tethys Fine Art Gallery and the New Era Museum, aimed squarely at Mobile Art, a new frontier of visual arts, is to be held twice during the next 12 months:

  • Summer Session, June 17-18, 2015
  • Winter Session, January, 2016 (specific dates TBA)

The dates of the two events will match of those of The Florence Fashion Week

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  1. The New Era Museum Special Award, to a specific work in The Most Wanted Visionaries Collection Exhibition.
  2. The Patron Special Award, will be given by the MWV Patron, to a selected piece in the Most Wanted Visionaries Collection.
  3. The FIPA Honorary Award. A lifetime achievement award. This year’s award will go to Roger Guetta for his dedication to Mobile Photography and the radical impact of his vision and innovation on the Mobile Art Movement.


  1. TETHYS FINE ART AWARD: A Critics Award to a Pro Series piece selected by the founders of Tethys Fine Art Gallery.
  2. INNOVATOR: A Pro Series piece, selected by the International Jury, that exemplifies innovative mobile art technique.
  3. BEST IN SHOW: Pro Series work considered by the International Jury to be best in show.
  4. THEAPPWHISPERER: Pro Series – Theme ‘Gates of Paradise’ – a juried special competition (see above).


The FIPA Most Wanted Visionaries Collection will be a curated exhibition held during the semi-annual FIPA events.

The exhibition will include a selection of 20 works from The Most Wanted Visionaries Catalog, specially printed and framed for the exhibition.


Artworks appearing in the MWV Collection will represent the best of Mobile Art, selected at the discretion of the FIPA and Tethys Fine Art Gallery members in collaboration with Andrea Bigiarini, founder of the New Era Museum.

Selections will be announced on May 1st, 2015, and each artist will be notified by Andrea Bigiarini, FIPA Artistic Director.

The MWV exhibition will be hosted for 3 weeks at the Tethys Fine Art Gallery in Florence, Italy.

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]


  • Connie Rosenthal

    I am a little confused Joanne. Do we submit images for TheAppWhisperer part of the FIPA event on the same page as we submit images for FIPA? The link in the piece about your special contest took me to what I thought was the Flickr FIPA page. Are they one and the same but images for you have the added hashtag?