PHmuseum 2019
mobile photo prize
Extended Deadline

© Kenta Nakamura

Prizes

£8,000 in cash

and we'll make a book out of it!

Select and upload photos from your mobile phone, Instagram account or laptop library.

  • Extended Deadline

    20 June

  • Entry fee

    £10 to £40

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General info

How much have the practice and art of representing ourselves and the surrounding changed since each one of us has the opportunity to take a photo from a mobile phone?

Acknowledging the historical importance of the phenomenon, PHmuseum has decided to launch a prize exclusively dedicated to mobile photography. The call will be open to photographers of all levels and nationalities and it will represent the beginning of a research path to be continued on an annual base until 2024. Every year we will analyse different aspects of the phenomenon with the most significant images awarded with £ 8,000 in cash prizes and published in a photographic book. Placing on paper what is born in a digital way will be indeed a provocation to nourish the reflection on the whole phenomenon of mobile photography and its historical importance.

This initiative aims to reach not only professional photographers but also a wider audience. The contribution of non-photographers will, in fact, be fundamental to analyse the phenomenon and understand its dynamics. So browse the archive of your mobile library and contribute to our initiative with your most impressive, iconic or simply lucky shots!


Categories

  • Wanderlust

  • (Self) Portrait

  • #Love

  • Fashion

  • Documentary

Prizes

200 Images Photo Book /

PHmuseum's Team will select around 200 images that will be published in a limited edition book. The publication will be the first one of a series of volumes that will be released on an annual basis with the aim of immortalize on paper the ephemeral images describing the phenomenon of the last few years.

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Collective Exhibition in Italy /

PHmuseum and Spazio Labo’ teams will curate a solo show with a selection of images handpicked among all the submissions. The exhibition will be held at Spazio Labo’ gallery in Bologna, Italy in January 2020 during ArteFiera, one of the most important art fairs in Europe.

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Mobile Photo Of The Year /

What can stimulate more conversations, controversies and reflections than an image pretending to summarize the issues, trends and energy of a year? To your mobile devices and to the judges' opinion the difficult sentence.

£1,000

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(Self) Portrait /

From the first uses in sculptures and paintings to modern selfies, the evolution of representing ourselves coincided with the evolution of the techniques and technologies used. The portrait and the self-portrait as a means of investigating and reflecting on ourselves.

£1,400

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1st Prize /£1,000
2nd Prize /£250
3rd Prize /£150
Up to 5 mentions

#Love /

It was the most used hashtag on Instagram in 2018, with an all-time count of 1.5 billion posts. The concept will be analysed in its broadest meanings, trying to answer a simple yet non-banal question: what is love in the age of social media?

£1,400

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1st Prize /£1,000
2nd Prize /£250
3rd Prize /£150
Up to 5 mentions

Wanderlust /

The idea of travelling, images of landscape, people and animals. Photos that represent vacations and visits to faraway places, but also the concept of travelling from a metaphorical point of view. The mobile phone has become the main tool for telling and representing our innate desire for exploration and escape.

£1,400

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1st Prize /£1,000
2nd Prize /£250
3rd Prize /£150
Up to 5 mentions

Fashion /

Social media and fashion have influenced each other's growths. Nowadays fashion houses guide users' habits and customs, but it is also ordinary people with their "social" shots that affect the the way brands communicate. Where do we stand after more than 10 years of digital interaction?

£1,400

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1st Prize /£1,000
2nd Prize /£250
3rd Prize /£150
Up to 5 mentions

Documentary /

The constant presence of the mobile phone in our daily lives, its simplicity of use, and its discretion have made the phone one of the most widespread tools to tell not only personal moments but also collective stories and daily news.

£1,400

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1st Prize /£1,000
2nd Prize /£250
3rd Prize /£150
Up to 5 mentions

5 Photographers Featured on TSV_ZINE /

Awarded by The Smart View

Rosa Roth, Founder & Editor​ of​ The Smart View​​ ​will select 5 images from all the submissions to be published ​in​ TSV_ZINE Edition​ ​Issue n°4, a new printed photo zine which will be released in September 2019.

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3 Online Publications on GUP Magazine + Yearly Subscription /

Awarded by GUP Magazine Editorial Team

GUP Magazine Editorial Team will choose 3 photographers from all the submissions to receive each an online portfolio feature plus a yearly subscription to their printed magazine.

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Mobile photography or the possibility of communicating with each other with images - of sending images instead of words to each other - marks a fundamental change in contemporary language. Language will never be the same after the violent irruption of photography as a central component in every day human communications.

Marcelo Brodsky, Judge
© Hiro TanakaFabiola Cedillo

Judges

Entry Fee

1 Photo£10
Up to 5 Photos£20
Up to 10 Photos£30
Up to 20 Photos£40

How it works

  • 1

    Click on
    Apply Now

    Simply click on Apply Now to start your submission and follow the guided process. You will be asked to create an account or login.

  • 2

    Upload
    your photos

    Upload between 1 and 10 photos. You can select them from your Instagram account, mobile or desktop library. Images shall have been taken from a mobile device (cellphone, tablets, etc..), be in JPG or PNG format and not weight more than 10MB each. All the resolutions are welcome. Images will be judged individually so there is no need to order them.

  • 3

    Review
    and submit

    Check all the info and submit your project, being aware that you will not be able to modify it after submission. The judges will review all entries, with winners to be announced in August 2019. To submit another project simply click again on Apply Now.

Apply now

Learn more

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    The judges of this first edition share their thoughts on the mobile phenomenon and offer useful insights to help you prepare your application.

    What Judges Expect from the Mobile Photography Prize Submissions
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    The Rainbow is Underestimated started out as a simple Instagram account before evolving into an involuntary anthology of Piero Percoco's surroundings and daily life in his southern Italian hometown.

    Smartphone Daydreaming in Southern Italy
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    Contributing to our research project, taking advantage of an unprecedented number of opportunities, and challenging yourself to do more with your mobile photography are among the many reasons to join, and enjoy, our latest open call.

    7 Reasons to Apply to our Mobile Photography Prize
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    Having grown up between Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the US, and now currently living in the UK, Laura El Tantawy tells us about her work Beyond Here Is Nothing and why she used her smartphone to reflect on the notions of heritage, belonging, and the idea of home.

    The Camera Phone as a Medium for Collecting Memories
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    Considering the influence evolving technologies and daily habits have on how we tell visual stories today, we speak with Michael Christopher Brown about his experiences documenting a raging conflict with a mobile phone.

    Using Mobile Photography as a Powerful Documentary Tool

Mobile photography continues to grow and develop at a phenomenal rate and has changed the way we take, make and display photographs in the modern age. It's an exciting moment in the history of photography. For this competition, I'll be looking for creativity, originality and emotion. I enjoy viewing images that allow me to connect on an emotional level as well as those that are simply beautifully and artfully created.

Caroline Hunter, Judge
© MitikafeFabiola Cedillo

Extended Deadline

20 June

Apply now

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