Are you looking to get recognition for your iPhone photography? If so, consider entering this year’s MIRA Mobile Prize photography competition. Each year has a specific them, and this year’s theme is “Connections.” The competition is open to mobile photographers from around the world and it’s free to enter. The open call only lasts for a few weeks, and this year’s deadline for entry is February 27. Read on to discover more about the MIRA Mobile Prize and how you can enter your iPhone photos.
Photo by Brendan Ó Sé – Winner of MIRA Mobile Prize 2015 Edition
What Is The MIRA Mobile Prize?
The MIRA Mobile Prize was first conceived in 2014 by the MIRA Forum gallery in Portugal. Their goal was to reward the best images taken and edited with mobile devices.
Last year’s theme was “Streets of the World,” and the shortlist of finalists included a wide variety of stunning mobile photographs and mobile digital art.
Photo by Helen Breznik – MIRA Mobile Prize 2015 Edition
As with previous years, there were thousands of submissions from all over the world.
The winning image, by Brendan Ó Sé, was a striking black and white image featuring a bold geometric landscape pattern.
In addition to the successful exhibition that hosted the winning images, the MIRA Mobile Prize organization published a book containing all of the shortlisted images from the “Streets of the World” competition.
Photo by Lisa L. Peters – MIRA Mobile Prize 2015 Edition
The MIRA Mobile Prize 2016
The jury for 2016 is comprised of eight well-respected members of the mobile photography community who are sure to once again curate a fantastic collection of finalist images.
The full list of jury members along with their bios can be found here.
Photo by Heline Lam – MIRA Mobile Prize 2015 Edition
As can be seen when viewing the online gallery of finalists from last year, the 2015 theme of “Streets of the World” attracted mobile artists of many different styles, yet they all stayed true to the overall theme.
Therefore, it’s reasonable to expect this year’s theme of “Connections,” while quite different than last year, will also attract a diverse range of mobile photographers.
Photo by Karen Divine – MIRA Mobile Prize 2015 Edition
(Read our interview with Karen Divine)
In contrast to past years, this year’s theme of “Connections” is a bit more ambiguous.
The Mira website doesn’t offer much in terms of a thematic brief, and therefore this year’s contest seems open to broad interpretation by submitting artists.
How will you interpret the theme if you choose to submit?
Photo by Jose Luis Barcia – MIRA Mobile Prize 2015 Edition
(Check out our interview with Jose Luis Barcia)
While such a broad and open theme may not appeal to all photographers, it can be a great way to challenge yourself, even if you don’t already have a set of images that you think would fit.
There’s still time to shoot and prepare some new images for the competition.
Photo by Sheldon Serkin – MIRA Mobile Prize 2015 Edition
(Read our interview with Sheldon Serkin)
How To Enter Your Photos
The MIRA Mobile Prize is open to mobile photographers from around the world (aged 18 and above).
You can enter up to three photos in either black and white or color. The contest is free to enter.
Photos can be processed using any apps and in any style, so long as they’re 100% shot and edited on a mobile device, such as an iPhone or iPad.
Photo by Tiayrra Bradley – MIRA Mobile Prize 2015 Edition
The deadline for entries is February 27, 2016. To enter, please visit miramobileprize.com
For a full list of submission guidelines and rules, visit the following link: miramobileprize.com/en/regulamento
What Are The Prizes?
Similar to last year, this year’s winner will receive a week’s stay in Porto, Portugal (six days, five nights, including accommodation and food) and a round trip flight from any European capital.
Photo by Julia Nathanson – MIRA Mobile Prize 2015 Edition
The finalists will be announced on March 18, 2016, and the winner will be announced on March 19, 2016.
The winning photo, as well as the shortlisted finalists, will be printed and exhibited at the MIRA Forum starting on April 30, 2016 and running through to June 11, 2016.
Photo by Agnieszka Werner – MIRA Mobile Prize 2015 Edition
The deadline of February 27 is fast approaching, but you still have time to enter. With no entry fee, what do you have to lose? Good luck to all!