Mobile Photography Awards

Now open for 2017!

6th Annual MPA awards $3000 Grand Prize to social documentary photographer Giles Clarke!

The Mobile Photography Awards are pleased to announce Giles Clarke of New York as the winner of the Grand Prize 2016 MPA Photographer of the year, as chosen by members of the jury. The winner of the MPA Photo Essay is Velar Grant who will receive $500. The winners of each of our 18 photo categories, along with work from Giles Clarke and Velar Grant, will be on display for two months at the 6×6 Photography Centre in Cyprus beginning February 10th, 2017. Also to be featured in Cyprus is photographer Laurence Bouchard who racked up an incredible thirteen (13!) MPA Honorable Mentions.

View the Photos of Grand Prize Winner Giles Clarke.


View the Winners & Honorable Mentions for all 18 Photo Categories.


View the Winner & Top Three finalists of the MPA Photo Essay.



MPA2016WinnersMilanAfter the huge success of our exhibit in Cyprus, the MPA is thrilled to announce another show opening in Milan, Italy. The photo exhibition, in partnership the mobile photography stock agency Picwant will be held at Polifemo Fotografia, in the inner space of Fabbrica del Vapore, Via Giulio Cesare Procaccini 4, in Milan. The exhibit will run from March 21st to 31st, from 9.00 a.m. to 06.30 p.m., excluding the time slot 1:00 pm – 2:00p.m. and sat-sun. If you’re in or near Milan please come see the exhibit!

The Mobile Photography Awards were founded in 2011 to recognize and celebrate the talent and imagery of the mobile photo & art communities. Alongside our annual competition (October-December), we produce themed exhibits with international open calls throughout the year.

If it’s true what Henri Cartier-Bresson says, that our first 10,000 photos will be our worst, then it’s safe to say that mobile photography has given people an historic opportunity to get past 10,001. The MPA is a showcase for photographers and artists who have embraced this decisive moment.


Over the course of five years, the Mobile Photography Awards has evolved into the world’s largest annual event & competition of it’s kind. We are open to all mobile phones and tablets. The MPA offers photographers and artists opportunities for exhibits, open gallery calls, fine art sales, and annual cash prizes. We giveaway amazing products and services, and more. As an organization, we have distributed nearly $60,000 directly to artists and photographers through cash prizes and fine-art sales.

“At heart, The MPA is an opportunity for people to bring attention to their work at the same time as we bring attention to the work of the community as a whole.” – MPA Founder Daniel Berman


Since 2011, the Mobile Photography Awards has produced more than a dozen successful exhibits in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Toronto, Melbourne, San Jose, and more.

“With the MPA…phone photos reach fine art proportions” San Francisco Guardian

The MPA Exhibits are a feature for the winning images from the annual competition and are chosen from thousands by a jury of twenty photographic professionals, journalists, teachers, artists and leaders of the photography, mobile photography and art worlds.

2016coverThe Mobile Photography Awards has 18 photo categories plus a Photo Essay with it’s own prize of $500. Every image entered may be placed in up to two (2) categories. All category winners receive MPA prize packs and are included on the exclusive MPA Exhibit Tour, with further opportunities for fine art sales.

Entry fees are $20 for one (1) image, $30 for three (3) images, $50 for six (6) images and $100 for fifteen (15) images. The MPA Photo Essay has it’s own entry fee of $30 with its own award of $500.

The Grand Prize Winner receives $3000 (US)

Images above left to right: Matt Gee, Cedric Blanchon, Marie Matthews.