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You may remember back in January when the World Photography Organisation announced a new Mobile Category would be joining this year’s Sony World Photography Awards. Well, after 96,000 entries, a judging panel of photography experts, 20 shortlisted photographs & a public vote, this week finally marked the winning Mobile Category announcement – along with both the Open and Youth groupings.

The winning smartphone image, ‘A Day of the Beach’, taken by Turi Calafato was chosen by the public via the World Photography Organisation’s website with a staggering 6,718 votes, followed by Janos M Schmidt in second place and Ako Salemi in third.

Each of the winners of the Open, Youth and Mobile competitions will see their photographs showcased at Somerset House in London as part of the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards exhibition from 24th April – 10th May. The final winning announcements will take place at the SWPA Gala Ceremony on the 23rd of April in London – so stay tuned!

From photographers to filmmakers…

Last week we introduced you to the first set of extraordinary ‘Never Before Seen’ short films captured by our friends over at Action Cam.

The creative instalments were made in collaboration with a range of influential filmmakers, animators, artists and musicians with the aim of showcasing interesting, exciting stories hidden beneath the ordinary.

Check out this week’s new instalment by Greg Hackett entitled ‘TKO’ highlighting the rhythm that drives the heart of every boxer as they make their way to the ring.

It’s not just Action Cam that have been keeping you entertained this week as we also announced Sony’s newly introduced music destination PlayStation Music. The new service comes courtesy of a partnership with the good folks over at Spotify as we work together to bring their award-winning digital music service to new audiences through the PlayStation Network.

The new partnership offers the best combination in music and gaming meaning all PlayStation Network users will soon have the ability to sync all of their gaming experiences with some of Spotify’s 30 million song collection. So, whether you’re after some old school hip-hop whilst taking the field in Madden NFL or something hard and heavy for an intense Destiny Raid we’ve got you covered!

And if that’s not enough to get all you gaming fanatics excited, you’ll be pleased to hear that PlayStation Store are also celebrating the Easter weekend by offering up to 70% off across PS4, PS3 and PS Vita games.

The Easter Sale is running from 25th March until 15th April and includes Far Cry 4, Rayman Legends, Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warefare and many more – it’s the perfect excuse to ditch the Easter eggs and spend the long weekend immersed in your favourite games.

This week marked the beginning of April – which can only mean one thing… April fools.

To the unsuspecting few, it could have just appeared that April 1st marked the release of a new unbelievably innovative piece of wearable tech, in the form of PlayStation Flow – a underwater gaming device that allows players to play underwater sections of video games actually underwater.

The new device operated via four sensor pad arm bands that tracked your swimming, sending real-time updates of body movements back to your PS4 via Remote Play, whilst streaming live game data via Bluetooth through a pair of goggles.

As you can probably imagine this ‘watershed moment in wearable tech’ was unfortunately a prank orchestrated by our friends over at PlayStation, we applaud their ingenuity.

That’s it from us, have a great Easter weekend! 

Anthony Devenish

PR Manager

Wearables, software and digital PR geek. Northerner (trying not to be a hipster) in London.