The winning images from the MIRA Mobile Prize 2015 competition have recently been announced, and I’m really pleased to be able to share some of those photos here. Each year the competition has a different theme, and this year it was Street Photography. As well as seeing a selection of the shortlisted mobile photos, you’ll also hear a few words from the overall winner and extremely talented iPhone street photographer, Brendan Ó Sé.
Photo by Brendan Ó Sé – Winner of MIRA Mobile Prize 2015 Edition
We caught up with Brendan to congratulate him and ask a couple of questions about his latest award winning image.
Congratulations on having your iPhone photo selected as the overall winner in the MIRA Mobile Prize, Brendan! Can you tell us a bit about the photo you submitted?
Thank you very much! The image was created in Superkilen park in a suburb of Copenhagen. I’d seen the park before in a photograph by Thomas Toft and was excited about getting the chance to shoot an image there myself.
I had an idea of how I wanted to frame the photograph. I wanted to accentuate the curvy white lines and ideally have a human element in the image. Patience met luck, and four people entered the frame allowing me to get the shot I wanted.
This photo was recently selected by Apple to promote the iPhone 6, and has been displayed on billboards worldwide. How do you feel about getting more recognition for this image?
It’s a beautiful experience to have won. I’m particularly honored to be part of the gallery exhibition with other mobile photographers whose work I admire so much.
Unfortunately, I was unable to attend the opening of the exhibition, but am hopeful I can get there before it closes. It would be a wonderful experience to see it on display with all the other fine images that are exhibited.
In addition to Brendan’s winning image, fifty other photos were selected for the MIRA Mobile Prize 2015 shortlist. Below is a selection of these images. You can see all fifty shortlisted images, plus Brendan’s winning photo, on the MIRA website.
Photo by Agnieszka Werner – MIRA Mobile Prize 2015 Edition
Photo by Alisa Eykilis – MIRA Mobile Prize 2015 Edition
Photo by Dohmen Maktub – MIRA Mobile Prize 2015 Edition
Photo by Frederic Gochel – MIRA Mobile Prize 2015 Edition
Photo by Helen Breznik – MIRA Mobile Prize 2015 Edition
Photo by Heline Lam – MIRA Mobile Prize 2015 Edition
Photo by Jose Luis Barcia – MIRA Mobile Prize 2015 Edition
(Check out our interview with Jose Luis Barcia)
Photo by Joshua Sarinana – MIRA Mobile Prize 2015 Edition
Photo by Julia Nathanson – MIRA Mobile Prize 2015 Edition
Photo by Lisa L. Peters – MIRA Mobile Prize 2015 Edition
Photo by Mahfuzul Hasan – MIRA Mobile Prize 2015 Edition
Photo by Sheldon Serkin – MIRA Mobile Prize 2015 Edition
Photo by Tiayrra Bradley – MIRA Mobile Prize 2015 Edition
Photo by Vladka Kocvarova – MIRA Mobile Prize 2015 Edition
We’d like to congratulate all of the mobile photographers whose work has been recognized this year by MIRA Mobile Prize. Well done everyone!
Speaking about the opening of the exhibition, Manuela Matos Monteiro, director of MIRA Mobile Prize said, “The day was gorgeous, the exhibition fantastic and a lot of public attended our exhibition. It was a great idea to project the 200 photos (50 shortlisted images plus another 150) because there are so many great works worthy of being seen.”
He added, “Some mobile photographers from the UK and Spain came to participate and that was really nice. We give thanks again and again to our jury and to all the candidates. The event was great because we got splendid photographs and we feel very proud!”