PHmuseum 2021 Mobile Photography Prize - PHmuseum

PHmuseum 2021
mobile photo prize
The Shortlist

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Thank you to all the applicants of this 3rd edition! All the submissions are still under consideration for our curated photobook, our partners' prizes and the exhibition at PHmuseum Lab. Stay tuned!

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1st Prize

Poulomi Basu
£1,000

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.


"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."

Poulomi Basu, judge of the PHM 2018


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Collective Feature on BuzzFeed News /

Kate Bubacz, Photo Director 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.

RESULTS ANNOUNCEMENT / THURSDAY 29 JULY

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Online Publications on C41 Magazine /

C41 Magazine will pick its favourite photographs from the contest submissions and share them in a collective feature on their website.

RESULTS ANNOUNCEMENT / THURSDAY 29 JULY

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Collective Feature on The Smart View /

TSV is an independent magazine showcasing the works of international mobile photographers. Editor and founder Rosa Roth will select up to 10 images among all of the submissions who will be granted a group feature on their Instagram channels.

RESULTS ANNOUNCEMENT / THURSDAY 29 JULY

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Online Collective Feature on GUP Magazine /

Since 2005, GUP Magazine aims to connect communities around contemporary art and documentary photography. Their Editorial Team will choose up to 10 photographers among all of the applicants who will be granted an online collective feature on their Magazine.

RESULTS ANNOUNCEMENT / THURSDAY 29 JULY

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Collective PhotoBook /

PHmuseum's Team will select up to 200 images that will be published in a limited edition photobook. The publication will be the third title of a series of volumes aimed at exploring mobile photography. Here you can see the first and second volumes, published with images from the previous calls.

RESULTS ANNOUNCEMENT / SEPTEMBER 2021

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Collective Exhibition in Italy /

PHmuseum's Team will curate a collective exhibition at PHmuseum LAB in Bologna, Italy in January 2022 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.

RESULTS ANNOUNCEMENT / NOVEMBER 2021

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What we did in the last years

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 during the last 2 editions.

INSIDE Opened A New Cycle Of Exhibitions At PHmuseum Lab

Last week we inaugurated the second show arising from our Mobile Photography Prize. It documents the first wave of the pandemic from an introspective point of view and it marks the re-opening of our gallery in Bologna, Italy.

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Our second book on mobile photography

Featuring 200 images from the 2021 open call, INSIDE is the result of that collective visual reflection on the pandemic. Published in March 2021 with original texts by PHmuseum Director's Giuseppe Oliverio and Vogue Italy photo editor’s Francesca Marani, the volume is the 2nd of the series of publication on mobile photography. All the images of the current open call will be considered for the next volume, to be published in March 2022.

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A collective exhibition in Bologna, Italy during art week

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).

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Our first book on mobile photography

Familiar Stranger is our first photobook on the subject, featuring 200 images from the 2019 open call. Self-published in January 2021 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.

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General Info

The online self-representation began with texts. Blogs, messaging platform, tweets. Later, social media posts started to support a certain need to express ourselves and engage with larger audiences. A clear visual shift, which started soon after mobile devices became the main vehicle through which we document our everyday life and shape our digital representation.

With part of the Generation Z (born 1997-2012) and the whole Generation Alpha (early 2010 - mid-2020s) being the first people in human history to have full consciousness of their image and own portrayal since a very young age, how mobile phones and the digital environment are influencing the perception of the self and the way we live? How mobile phones are mediating our identity through images or simply shaping our persona? What does it mean “to be present” in a digital world base on representation?

With this open call, we wish to reflect on these relevant aspects and find images on identity, representation and self-representation in the era of mobile devices. We are looking for photographs that could help us document and understand this constantly evolving phenomenon and provoke new reflection to understand how the millenary human fascination for representation and self-representation is approaching this digital age.

© Elena Haliczer Elena Haliczer

Winning the 3rd prize in the Mobile Picture of the Year gave me a major confidence boost in my artistic vision, gave me some excellent exposure, and (more prosaically), helped me pay for my graduate school. I also got to see my photograph in print in the new book of mobile photography, 'Inside', which was a true thrill. Elena Haliczer, 3rd Prize Mobile Photos of The Year 2020

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