Mobile Photography Awards

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The Mobile Photography Awards & Sixteen Mile Arts present Shadow Stories Vol. 2: a juried Exhibit for Black & White Mobile Photography.

In the digital era, photographers are no longer limited by technology, darkroom costs or film choice and yet the allure of Black & White is as strong as ever. It’s been said that when we photograph people in color we capture their clothes, but when we shoot them in Black & White we capture their soul. When we eliminate color we are left with light, shadow and contrast: the very heart of photography.

Use any and all apps on your phone and/or tablet device to create monochrome images.

In the words of American photographer Robert Frank:

“…Black and white are the true colors of photography. To me, they symbolize the alternatives of hope and despair to which mankind is forever subjected.” Robert Frank

Shadow Stories Vol. 2 is now accepting entries through March 17, 2016. The exhibit will be juried by photographer Christopher Wahl and Sixteen Mile Arts owner/curator Daniel Berman. One hundred images will be showcased for the exhibit, at the Sixteen Mile Arts Photography Gallery in Milton, Ontario. Thirty (30) chosen images will be printed on museum quality paper and seventy (70) will be in rotation on our digital screen. The exhibit will run April 15th through May 16th, 2016. You may enter directly through the MPA site with your MPA sign-in credentials. Fees range from $15 for one image to $100 for 15 images.

  • Images must be monochrome (black & white)
  • Images must be shot & edited on mobile phones or tablet devices.
  • Fees range from $15 for one image to $100 for 15 images.
  • Exhibit runs April 15-May 16, 2016.
  • Artist retains 100% of copyright
  • Chosen images will be announced prior to March 31, 2016.
  • DEADLINE EXTENDED: MARCH 20, 2016 at 11:59pm PST





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.

mpacatresFRONTThe Mobile Photography Awards has 20 photo categories. 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.

Our entry fees have remained unchanged since 2011. $20 for three (3) images, $30 for five (5) images, $50 for nine (9) images and $100 for twenty images. The MPA Photo Essay has it’s own entry fee of $30.

The Grand Prize Winner receives $3000US. The winner of the MPA Photo Essay is awarded $500US.

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