The Saatchi Gallery and Google+ announce the six finalists for the Motion Photography Prize, the first global open entry competition for artists and creative people working with animated GIFs. The Prize received over 4,000 entries from 52 countries, and the six finalists will exhibit their work at the Saatchi Gallery in London from this Thursday 17th April 2014.
The prize has six categories: Landscape, Lifestyle, Action, People, Night and Urban, which were judged by a panel of forward-thinkers comprised of film director Baz Luhrmann, artists Shezad Dawood, Tracey Emin and Cindy Sherman and Saatchi Gallery CEO Nigel Hurst.
The six finalists chosen are:
Instantdreamsnet for Landscape
Kostas Agiannitis for Lifestyle
Micaël Reynaud for Action
Matthew Clarke for Night
Emma Critchley for People
Christina Rinaldi for Urban
All the finalists’ motion photographs can be found here.
With the rise of smart phones and photo-sharing, photographers from all backgrounds worldwide are embracing new technology to tell their stories in innovative ways.
Motion photography has emerged as a new trend, but until now required special tools and know-how. Google+ allows users to effortlessly and automatically animate a series of still photographs and turn them into motion photography. In recognition of the exciting potential of this new technology, the Saatchi Gallery and Google+ launched the Motion Photography Prize, inviting photographers all over the world to celebrate this new creative art form.
The winner of the Motion Photography Prize will be announced on 16th April at the Saatchi Gallery in London, and will go on a once-in-a-lifetime trip with a photographer or film-maker as their mentor.
The exhibition will also be featured online on Saatchi Art, the world’s largest online gallery for emerging artists.
“We’ve been amazed to see how everyday photographers around the world have embraced our technology to bring their photography to life, and are incredibly excited to see some of the best of these motion photographs showcased at the Saatchi Gallery. The finalists show just how creative and engaging motion photography can be, enabling a new form of storytelling.”
Cristian Cussen, Head of Marketing Google+ EMEA
The Motion Photography Prize will be open to the public from 17th April. Entry to all exhibitions at the Saatchi Gallery in London is free. www.saatchigallery.com