'Double Dutch Nuns' by Jose Chavarry, last year's winner.
Every art form gets its beginning somewhere. For Daniel Berman, founder of the Mobile Photography Awards (MPA), now is the time for mobile phone photography and art to have its time in the spotlight.
“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.”
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.
For more information, visit the Mobile Photography Awards