Winner of Saatchi Gallery and Huawei’s #SelfExpression competition announced

Saatchi Gallery and Huawei are delighted to announce that Paola Ismene from Mexico has been named the winner of the #SelfExpression competition. Paola won the competition with her entry Daydream in Blue and will be awarded a solo exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery.

Paola’s photo of a boy selling candyfloss on Tijuana beach in Mexico was selected from more than 9,000 entries from across the globe, with the other shortlisted finalists including entries from Australia, Spain, the US and the UK. The judging panel included Turner prize winner Gillian Wearing, Chris Levine, Rachel McLean, Simon Roberts and Saatchi Gallery CEO Nigel Hurst.

Paola Ismene, Winner of #SelfExpression Competition, said: “I am truly grateful for being selected…because it’s a great platform to expose the work of emerging photographers. Mobile photography has allowed me to capture countless images in my everyday life. So I find it fortunate to participate in competitions like this where the use of new technologies in the artistic field are recognized.”

Nigel Hurst, CEO Saatchi Gallery, said: “We hope that this new #SelfExpression competition encourages everyone with a smartphone to realise its potential as an artistic tool, and inspire them to document their daily lives with even more creative vigour.”

The overall winner receives a solo exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery and the ten shortlisted entrants will each receive Huawei’s newest P10 smartphone, co-engineered with Leica, which features the world’s first 8MP Leica front camera and dual Leica lens.

Photo credit: “Daydream In Blue” by Paola Ismene, 2017.

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