Saatchi Gallery and Google+ introduce motion photography as an art form for everyone

Saatchi Gallery and Google+ introduce motion photography as an art form for everyone
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Simon McCheung, An Underwater Spell Image courtesy of the Saatchi Gallery, London

Simon McCheung, An Underwater Spell
Image courtesy of the Saatchi Gallery, London

With the ubiquity of smart phones and rise in photo-sharing services, the world has recently exploded with photographers from all backgrounds who 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+ have launched a new prize, theMotion Photography Prize, inviting photographers all over the world to celebrate this new creative art form.
The Motion Photography Prize, which will have six unique categories, will be judged by a panel of forward-thinkers including film director Baz Luhrmann, artists Shezad Dawood and Cindy Sherman among others. Winners will have their works showcased in a special exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery in London launching on April 16th, with one overall winner getting the opportunity to go on the trip of a lifetime with a photographer or filmmaker of their choice.
The exhibition will also be featured online on Saatchi Art, the world’s largest online gallery for emerging artists.
The competition opened for submissions on 5th February with the category Landscape. A new category has been introduced week by week. The five categories are: Landscape, Lifestyle, Action, Night, People, and Urban. All details are found or on Saatchi’s Google+ page,
“We are thrilled to be collaborating with Google+ on an initiative that will provide a global platform for exciting new motion photography and highlight the potential of the very latest technology to encourage creativity” Nigel Hurst, CEO Saatchi Gallery
“We’re excited about enabling anybody with a smart phone to tell their story in a new creative way.” Cristian Cussen, Head of Marketing Google+ EMEA
This initiative follows on from the success of the Google Photography Prize, a collaboration with the Saatchi Gallery in 2012 to find the photography stars of the future, which received nearly 20,000 entries from 148 countries.
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  • Orion Brown

    This was cool too!!!
    A glimpse at Jim Campbells “Rythms of Perception” show that is now taking place at The Museum Of Moving Image in Astoria New York. This video shows some inventions and toys from early motion picture history and then morphs to the Jim Campbell show, a show that explores a very contemporary experience of motion imaging. This video in two and a half minutes explores the past one hundred plus years in motion image. All the art in this short video including the audio, with exception to the early forms of motion image were created by Jim Campbell. The video was shot and edited by Orion Brown.

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