Mobile Photography Awards 2018


Mobile Photography Awards

Mobile Photography Awards

Deadline: December 9, 2018
Entry fee: $15 for 1 Photo, $30 for 3 Photos, $50 for 6 Photos, $100 for 15 Photos
Prizes: $500, $3,000, valuable prizes

The Mobile Photography Awards were founded in 2011 to recognize and celebrate the talent and imagery of the mobile photo & art communities. Alongside our annual competition (October-December), we produce themed exhibits with international open calls throughout the year.

If it’s true what Henri Cartier-Bresson says, that our first 10,000 photos will be our worst, then it’s safe to say that mobile photography has given people an historic opportunity to get past 10,001. The MPA is a showcase for photographers and artists who have embraced this decisive moment.

Since 2011, the Mobile Photography Awards has produced more than a dozen successful exhibits in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Toronto, Melbourne, San Jose, and more.

The MPA Exhibits are a feature for the winning images from the annual competition and are chosen from thousands by a jury of twenty photographic professionals, journalists, teachers, artists and leaders of the photography, mobile photography and art worlds.


  • Eyes Of The World
    We are all the eyes of the world. This is especially true for the mobile photographer as we document the world around us, at all times, as we see it & encounter its immediacy
  • Architecture & Design
    Our surroundings are full of visually interesting buildings, structures, designs and patterns from the countryside to the city
  • Black & White
    In the digital era, photographers are no longer limited by darkroom costs or film choice and the allure of Black & White is as strong as ever
  • Digital Art / Photo Illustration
    This category is for manipulated and altered images using additional elements like textures, multiple exposures, and app effects to create an image from the imagination of the artist
  • Landscapes
    In many ways, landscapes are the most difficult kind of photos to produce with a mobile phone camera. Most landscape shots taken with a DSLR have the advantage…
  • Macro / Details
    When you magnify a subject, you bring your viewers into a world impossible to witness with the naked eye
  • Nature & Wildlife
    We are all drawn to natural color and beauty. Plants and flowers, the emotions and expressions of animals, the majesty of meadows at magic hour, the unfolding of a rose
  • People
    The People category is always the busiest in the MPA because it’s about everybody’s favorite subject: our species!
  • Photo Journalism
    Photo journalism is a medium that tries to document life as it is and often serves as a vehicle for political, social and personal statements
  • Portraits
    The simplest definition is that portraits are artistic representations of the likeness of person
  • The Darkness
    Think shadows, mystery, low key exposures, night shots, deep, rich, dark colours and misty, cryptic Black and Whites
  • Travel/Adventure
    Travel photography is about conveying through images an area’s landscape, people, cultures, customs, architecture and history
  • Still Life
    It’s been said still life photographers make pictures rather than take them
  • Self-Portraits
    People say that artists do self-portraits as it solves the problem of having to find a model
  • Silhouettes
    Silhouettes create such powerful images, due to the simple isolation of subject. They remove all distractions and all you see is the a perfectly sharp black outline against a beautiful background
  • Street Photography
    A mobile phone is perhaps the perfect tool for the street photographer unobtrusive, light, and relatively simple to use
  • Transportation
    Cars, Trucks, Trains, Planes, Skateboards, Bicycles, Busses, Boats, Jet-Skis, ATV’s, Tractors…
  • Visual Fx
    Visual FX & Layers is all about graphic design, abstractions, typography, juxtapositions using photography as a base
  • Waterscapes/Snow/Ice
    Water, in all it’s forms, is an endlessly inspiring photographic subject
  • The Photo Essay
    The Photo Essay category is a sub-component of the MPA and awards it’s own prize of $500 separate from all other categories

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Mobile Photography Awards 2017 Winners

Fairy Isles, © Nan Deng, Travel & Adventure Winner, MPA Grand Prize, Mobile Photography Awards
Fairy Isles
© Nan Deng
1st Place Travel & Adventure Winner
MPA Grand Prize


Srebrenica-Potocari, Bosnia & Herzegovina, © Michal Leja, 1st Place Photo Essay Winner, Mobile Photography Awards
Srebrenica-Potocari, Bosnia & Herzegovina
© Michal Leja
1st Place Photo Essay Winner

In 1991, there were 37,213 people living in Srebrenica, of which roughly 75% were Bosnian Muslims & 25% Serbs. During the civil war in Bosnia & Herzegovina (1992-1995) the city became a UN-supervised security zone that was supposed to shelter thousands of Muslims from surrounding areas controlled by Bosnian Serbs.


Image of Structure, © Joshua Sarinana, 2nd Place Photo Essay Winner, Mobile Photography Awards
Image of Structure
© Joshua Sarinana
2nd Place Photo Essay Winner

The Stata Center, designed by Frank Gehry, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, is seemingly alive. The reflective & angular elements of this structure are simultaneously sharp, definitive, & convoluted, & thus the building’s image can change moment-to-moment.


Sending Grandma to the Heavens, © Tee Lip Lim, 3rd Place Photo Essay Winner, Mobile Photography Awards
Sending Grandma to the Heavens
© Tee Lip Lim
3rd Place Photo Essay Winner

My Grandma had a long battle dealing with her burnt skin & stroke which made her wheelchair-bound for as long as I can remember. She was trying to save her own house from a fire in Singapore, that lead to her condition. It is typical of her, the bold and irrational woman of the household, she was the alpha female.


Crossed Lines, © Joao Batista Sousa, 1st Place Architecture & Design Winner, Mobile Photography Awards
Crossed Lines
© Joao Batista Sousa
1st Place Architecture & Design Winner


Nordic Saga, © Douwe Dijkstra, 1st Place Black & White Winner, Mobile Photography Awards
Nordic Saga
© Douwe Dijkstra
1st Place Black & White Winner


Sharde, © Helen Breznik, 1st Place Digital Fine Art Winner, Mobile Photography Awards
© Helen Breznik
1st Place Digital Fine Art Winner


Love, © Jill Hamilton, 1st Place Eyes Of The World Winner, Mobile Photography Awards
© Jill Hamilton
1st Place Eyes Of The World Winner


Red Peak, © Nan Deng, 1st Place Landscapes Winner, Mobile Photography Awards
Red Peak
© Nan Deng
1st Place Landscapes Winner


Morning Dream of a Butterfly, © Natalya Peshkova, 1st Place Macro & Details Winner, Mobile Photography Awards
Morning Dream of a Butterfly
© Natalya Peshkova
1st Place Macro & Details Winner


Walking in the Cloud, © Yongmei Wang, 1st Place Nature & Wildlife Winner, Mobile Photography Awards
Walking in the Cloud
© Yongmei Wang
1st Place Nature & Wildlife Winner


Born to be a Nomad, © Yongmei Wang, 1st Place People Photos Winner, Mobile Photography Awards
Born to be a Nomad
© Yongmei Wang
1st Place People Photos Winner


Election Fury, Nairobi, © Neha Wadekar, 1st Place Photo Journalism Winner, Mobile Photography Awards
Election Fury, Nairobi
© Neha Wadekar
1st Place Photo Journalism Winner


Affection, © Ag Ya, 1st Place Portraits Winner, Mobile Photography Awards
© Ag Ya
1st Place Portraits Winner


The Gourmand, © Antonia Andritch, 1st Place Silhouettes Winner, Mobile Photography Awards
The Gourmand
© Antonia Andritch
1st Place Silhouettes Winner


Make Peace with Yourself, © Paola Ismene, 1st Place Self-Portraits Winner, Mobile Photography Awards
Make Peace with Yourself
© Paola Ismene
1st Place Self-Portraits Winner


Not Just Another Digit, © Laurence Bouchard, 1st Place Street Photography Winner, Mobile Photography Awards
Not Just Another Digit
© Laurence Bouchard
1st Place Street Photography Winner


Half and Half, © Song Han, 1st Place Still Life Winner, Mobile Photography Awards
Half and Half
© Song Han
1st Place Still Life Winner


Sub 42, © Rodrigo Rivas, 1st Place The Darkness Winner, Mobile Photography Awards
Sub 42
© Rodrigo Rivas
1st Place The Darkness Winner


A London Moment, © Cara Gallardo Weil, 1st Place Transportation Winner, Mobile Photography Awards
A London Moment
© Cara Gallardo Weil
1st Place Transportation Winner


The Seamstress, © Jane Schultz, 1st Place Visual Fx Winner, Mobile Photography Awards
The Seamstress
© Jane Schultz
1st Place Visual Fx Winner


Iridescence of Youth and the Pink Swimming Togs, © Claire Doyle, 1st Place Water/Snow/Ice Winner, Mobile Photography Awards
Iridescence of Youth and the Pink Swimming Togs
© Claire Doyle
1st Place Water/Snow/Ice Winner


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