FIPA TheAppWhisperer Special Award – Gates of Paradise – LIVE EVENT

It’s with huge excitement that we bring you details of FIPA/The Gates of Paradise live event from Florence, Italy. Dilshad Corelone will be reading out a speech I have written for the presentation of this award. Giancarlo Beltrame, Vivi Hanson and Jennifer A Thomas, are sending in these images as the event unfolds – stay tuned – keep refreshing this page for more up to date information…

It is with huge pleasure that I confirm the winner of the FIPA/The Gates of Paradise award is Carolyn Hall Young – please see the speech that Dilshad has just read out that I prepared:

Speech for the Gates of Paradise Award – FIPA – 18 June 2015 – to be read by Dilshad Corleone

“The theme of Gates of Paradise was selected by Joanne Carter of TheAppWhisperer to honour the gilded bronze doors of Florence’s Baptistery of San Giovanni and to provide a backdrop of inspiration for mobile artists to reflect on their lives, experiences, feelings of love and tranquillity.

The artist that we have selected for the Gates of Paradise Award graduated from one of the most exclusive Art Schools in the world and following graduation completed further study to gain a Masters of Fine Arts.

This artist has embarked on a lifetime of professional and personal achievements. Hugely successful, this artist juggled working in both film and design. Simultaneously, working with art direction, set design, props for films and television commercials. In addition to food styling, wardrobe, makeup and signage; building her own successful freelance art career and enabling her to enjoy the trappings of success.

At 34 years old this artist was diagnosed with advanced stage non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and told there was slim chance of survival beyond six months. 26 years later, this artist creates mobile digital art every single day, usually from her bed, for others. This artist has spent over 17,000 hours in the past 4 years working on digital mobile art specializing in portraiture, with the unique ability to utitlise all their skills with precise execution to create incredible art.

The winner of the FIPA Gates of Paradise Award is Carolyn Hall Young and although she can’t be with us today, she’ll be watching this presentation and enjoying every single moment. Carolyn created this image ‘Reflection of 40 Years Ago’ and there is no question, it is the most appropriate reflection of the criteria for the Gates of Paradise Award. She has captured the very essence and as Carolyn herself said ‘each moment has been a Gateway to Paradise, to the Stunning Goodness of now’.

We are proud to present Carolyn with this incredible iPhone case created by the most talented and unique silversmith of Florence, Pampaloni. In addition to this we are honoured by the generosity of Digital to offer a physical 5” x 7” TinType of one her digital mobile images (of her choosing) as a wonderful keepsake

Please join us in congratulating Carolyn Hall Young on receiving the highest achievement award that we could bestow, well done Carolyn”.




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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:


  • Carolyn Hall Young

    Thank you Joanne. I am more grateful than I can express. I am stunned, and happy, beyond words.
    Thank you for your support and encouragement, over the years. Thank you for this honor, I do no quite know how to think about it, but I am savoring it. I am moved.
    Thank you for the inspiration and education I get here, from the artists and the art you showcase. Thank you for the motivation, camaraderie, and intelligence you foster right here, every day. It is such a gift. A thousand thanks.

  • Dada

    Fantastic speech
    Congrats Carolyn, really happy you won this first edition of FIPA in Florence.

    • Carolyn Hall Young

      Thank you, Dada. I am at a loss, right now, to know who you are, but I appreciate your kind comment.