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Saatchi Gallery Launch #SelfExpression Photography Competition

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Art & Design Editor
Updated: 29 June 2017
After the huge success of the #SaatchiSelfie photography competition – in conjunction with From Selfie to Self-Expression – which received over 14,000 entries from around the world, the Saatchi Gallery and exhibition partner, Huawei are once again teaming up on a new open call photo competition, #SelfExpression that turns the gaze from the self, and onto the world around us.
© Matt Stuart
© Matt Stuart

Anyone over the age of 16 has the chance to enter the #SelfExpression competition with photographs that document their world, from the beautiful and intriguing to the expressive and abstract. Strictly no selfies allowed this time.

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© Alma Haser

‘We hope that this new #SelfExpression competition encourages everyone with a smartphone to realise their potential by using it as an artistic tool,’ said Nigel Hurst, CEO of the Saatchi Gallery. ‘And will inspire them to document their daily lives with even more range, diversity and creative vigour.’

© Christopher Nunn
© Christopher Nunn

As the first photo competition, #SaatchiSelfie proved such a success with entries from over 110 countries, the Saatchi Gallery and Huawei have taken the opportunity to once again explore the artistic capabilities of the smartphone. You don’t have to be an artist or photographer to enter the #SelfExpression competition, instead a keen eye, a love of photography and a mobile phone are all it takes.

© Hannah Starkey
© Hannah Starkey

A judging panel of artists and creative minds will shortlist 10 winners – each’ll receive Huawei’s newest P10 smartphone, and have their work exhibited at the Saatchi Gallery. The overall winner announced on July 19 at a special reception, will be given a solo show at the gallery.

© Matt Stuart
© Matt Stuart

Due to popular demand, the Saatchi Gallery has extended their exhibition From Selfie to Self-Expression until the end of July. Exploring the history of the selfie from Rembrandt to Kim Kardashian, the show brings together a wealth of artistic talent, established and emerging, to consider the different approaches to self-portrayal.

© Simon Roberts
© Simon Roberts

Submissions are open until July 9, 2017, to anyone over the age of 16. Entrants can submit up to six images and these must not take the form of a selfie. For full terms visit the competition page.