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For all you budding smartphone photographers there’s some big news today from the Sony World Photography Awards, in the form of a new awards category dedicated to mobile phone photography.

If you want to enter, you have one month from today to submit your best image in response to this brief: You get out of life what you put in.  Push past the obvious and see the inspiration all around you.  Discover the extraordinary by using your mobile phone to view the world through a different lens.

Entries are free at and must be made before the closing date on 27 February*.

“It is a real pleasure to see how photography is evolving with new technologies and new uses.  Immediacy changes the way we think photos.  We have to be ‘always on’ to catch the perfect moment.  And I hope to find some perfect moments with this award.”

– Judge Anthony Lepinay, a French street photographer who regularly shoots using his Xperia Z3

The 20 best images will be shortlisted by a judging panel including:

  • Anna Dickson, Director of Photography, Huffington Post, US
  • Chris Hudson, Group Art Editor, National Geographic Traveller, UK
  • Anthony Lepinay, Photographer and Creative Director, France
  • Alvin Soon, Associate Editor, HWM and, Singapore
  • Evgeny Tchebotarev, CPO and Co-Founder, 500px, Canada

The shortlist will be showcased on the World Photography Organisation website,, and one winner will be chosen via a public vote running on the website from 10-17 March.

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The photographer of the public’s favourite picture will be flown to London to attend the Sony World Photography Awards gala ceremony on 23 April and will receive a Sony Mobile product bundle including the flagship Xperia™ smartphone and tablet.

With today’s incredible technology at our fingertips we have ability to capture the everyday events that actually form part of the unique fabric of our lives.  Most of us document our own history every day with our mobile phones and think nothing of it.  This category allows us to look a little closer at those otherwise ordinary moments.” 

– Astrid Merget Motsenigos, Creative Director, World Photography Organisation

Further details about the Sony World Photography Awards and the World Photography Organisation can be found at


*Images must be taken between Wednesday 1st January 2014 and Friday 27th February 2015. Entries should address the theme as outlined, information on which can be found on the SWPA Website