Home, Family and Community in a Historical Collective Moment.
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Select and upload photos from your mobile phone, Instagram account or laptop library.
Mobile devices are often the main vehicle through which we document our everyday life. Considering the current crisis, with this open call we are aiming to understand how this unprecedented situation is redefining the relationship with our home, family and community. Which are our own personal and collective feelings and expectations? Which are the defining values of this historical transition and how we can get out of it stronger and wiser? We are looking for images that can tell about these months and suggest our hope for the future. Images that together can define a collective memory and become an inspiration for the world after the crisis and the generation to come.
See the latest 50 featured photographs presented to the current open call. To be featured in this gallery or on social media, just apply and give us the permission to share them with our 500,000-person audience.View galleryApply now
PHmuseum 2020 Mobile Photography Prize /
Latest 50 Featured Submissions
What can stimulate more conversations, controversies and reflections than images pretending to summarise a moment and become somehow iconic? The judges will take care of this arduous task, assigning 3 main prizes and up to 9 mentions.
|1st Prize /||$2,500|
|2nd Prize /||$1,500|
|3rd Prize /||$1,000|
|Up to 9 mentions|
PHmuseum's Team will select up to 200 images that will be published in a limited edition photobook. The publication will be the second title of a series of volumes aimed at exploring mobile photography. Here you can see the first volume, published with images from last year's call.
PHmuseum's Team will curate a collective exhibition at PHmuseum LAB in Bologna, Italy in January 2021 during ArteFiera, one of the most important art fairs in Europe. The event will be accompanied by the book presentation and a workshop on mobile photography.
Awarded by Kate Bubacz, Senior Photo Editor at BuzzFeed
Kate Bubacz, Senior Photo Editor at BuzzFeed, will handpick a selection of photographs from the open call to be published on BuzzFeed News, a global news organization providing original online reporting and video programming across Netflix, Facebook Watch, Twitter, Snapchat, and more.
Awarded by GUP Magazine Editorial Team
Since 2005, GUP Magazine aims to connect communities around contemporary art and documentary photography. Their Editorial Team will choose 3 photographers among all of the applicants who will be granted an online individual portfolio feature plus a yearly subscription to the printed magazine.
Awarded by Francesco Rombaldi, Editor in Chief
Yogurt Magazine is a visual arts magazine and curatorial platform focused on contemporary photography. Francesco Rombaldi, Luigi Cecconi and Yogurt editorial team will select 3 photographers from all the submissions to receive an online portfolio feature.
Selected by How To Spend It Editorial Team
How To Spend It has been part of the Financial Times newspaper for more than 40 years and is now widely regarded as the benchmark for luxury lifestyle magazines. Rasha Kahil, Creative Director and Katie Webb, Photo Editor will feature a selection of photographs from the open call on the magazine's website and 100,000-follower Instagram account.
Awarded by C41
C41 Magazine will pick its 5 favourite photographers from the contest submissions and will write a dedicated article on their projects on the website.
Together with the physical show in Italy and the book presentation, in January 2021 we will aslo present an online exhibition centred around this year’s theme: Inside. Here you can see the online exhibition made with images from last year's open call.
This open call is meant to be inclusive and stimulate a reflection on how mobile photography is influencing the medium and becoming part of our everyday life. Join our collective project as many professional and amateur photographers did last year.
More than 400 people joined us for the opening of the show co-created and produced with Spazio Labo'. The show had more than 3,000 visitors and was accompanied by a book presentation with Erik Kessels and Chiara Bardelli Nonino (Vogue Italia).Read more
Familiar Stranger is our first photobook on the subject, featuring 200 images from the 2019 open call. Self-published in January 2020 with original texts by Erik Kessels and PHmuseum Director's Giuseppe Oliverio, the volume is the first of a series. All the images of the current open call will be considered for the next volume, to be published in January 2021.Read more
In a time of unprecedented crisis, we are forced to re-think the relationship with ourselves and the Other, to grapple with fears, limits and ultimate existential concerns. I am hoping to see images that allow me to reflect on the sense of belonging to a family/community in a moment of isolation and the role played by camera phones in the communication of this collective experience. Francesca Marani, Judge and Photo Editor at Vogue Italia
Simply click on Apply Now to start your submission and follow the guided process. You will be asked to create an account or login.
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.
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 July 2020. To submit another project simply click again on Apply Now.
Taking pictures with a smartphone has always been my attitude. It’s part of me, of my shy and impulsive way of doing things. However, the definition of “mobile photography” has always been a bit restrictive in my eyes: I don’t believe in categories but in intentions. I photograph with my smartphone out of necessity. It’s a narrative mode that is part of a deeply personal process, not a fashionable habit. When looking at photographs, I value the energy they convey, the story they reveal, whether it’s an impactful scene or a simple bucket on the floor. Piero Percoco, Judge and Photographer
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