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Sony World Photography Awards launch new mobile phone award for 2015

Press release   •   Jan 28, 2015 16:48 CET

The World Photography Organisation today launches a new award dedicated to mobile photography at the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards.

The latest camera technology within mobile phones has created increased accessibility for photographers. Moments can be captured in just about any circumstance or location and everyone with access to a phone can visually document day-to-day life. The mobile phone category at the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards recognises this new creative freedom and how mobile photography has helped redefine the way in which photographers approach their art.

Photographers of all abilities have just one month from today to submit their best image which answers 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.

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.

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.

Astrid Merget Motsenigos, Creative Director, World Photography Organisation comments: “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.”

Judge Anthony Lepinay, a French street photographer who regularly shoots using his mobile adds: “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.”

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

Images by Anthony Lepinay shot with the Sony Xperia Z3 are available via the World Photography Organisation press centre at

For all press enquiries please contact:

Jill Cotton at World Photography Organisation

+44 (0) 20 7886 3043/


Anna Dickson, Director of Photography, Huffington Post

Anna Dickson’s career spans 10 years working in the industry for both print publications as well as online.

Anna started her photo editing career at Netscape in 2004, moving a year later to New York City to pursue a career in print. She worked at publications such as Guitar World, Revolver, Future Music, Rolling Stone and Popular Photography prior to heading back to the digital world for iHeartRadio where she oversaw 850 websites and large scale events including the iHeartRadio Music festival. In 2012, Anna helped launch Huffington., the iPad Magazine before moving to Photography Director for the organization.

Chris Hudson, Group Art Editor, National Geographic Traveller, UK

Chris is the Group Art Editor at National Geographic Traveller and has headed up the art desk since the magazine’s inception back in January 2011. Passionate about travel photography, he regularly judges photography competitions and is the head judge of the magazine’s very own annual competition.

Anthony Lepinay, Photographer and Creative Director

Anthony is a creative director and photographer based in Paris, France. Although not a photographer by trade, his work is no less thoughtful.

Anthony photographs every day and is almost compulsively drawn to lines, as well as traditional street photography, with an ongoing project of his focusing on the underground life of our cities.

Alvin Soon, Associate Editor, HWM and

Alvin is an associate editor with HWM and, having covered camera trends and hardware for the last 8 years. He fell in love with photography as a design student in the late 1990s and hasn't looked back since. He is the co-author of the book HWM MegaGuide to Digital Photography 3.0, and has covered major tech events throughout the world. His latest online work is a photographic travelogue of old Japan.

Evgeny Tchebotarev, CPO and Co-Founder, 500px

Evgeny Tchebotarev is a professional photographer and the co-founder of the 500px, the premier photo community for discovering, sharing, buying and selling the highest quality photography. Fuelled by his passion for photography and helping photographers succeed, Tchebotarev founded 500px in 2009. The website is currently a source of inspiration to millions of viewers around the world and boasts some of the world’s best photographers as members.

As co-founder and Chief Photography Officer (CPO), Tchebotarev is responsible for bringing the 500px vision to life through community engagement and maintaining a strong link between photographers and the 500px team. An accomplished professional photographer whose work has been exhibited around the world, Tchebotarev has been on the jury for several prominent international photography competitions, including the 2013 Red Bull Illume; The Best of Russia Photography Contest 2013; 2013 Picture Dignity Photo Contest; 2014 Life Framer Photography Competition; and 2014 Mobile Photography Awards.

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