FilmNorth is sad to report that we did not receive nearly enough submissions to mount the competition and exhibition this year. We have made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s competition. We are studying our outreach strategies and would welcome your suggestions and thoughts.

FilmNorth’s Mobile Photography Competition debuted in 2017 to celebrate mobile photography artists and their work. This biennial competition features a gallery exhibition in our Marsden/Gustafson Gallery, which also hosts gallery exhibitions throughout the year, showcasing the work of emerging and established artists including Tia-Simone Gardner, Lisa Nebenzahl, Keith Taylor, Teo Nguyen, Luke Erickson, Wilson Webb, Scott Streble, and Michal Daniel.
FilmNorth’s Mobile Photography Competition does not have a theme–rather, it celebrates all artistic voices. “Find Your Voice” is FilmNorth’s guiding principle, so we encourage all artists to submit images that represent their unique point of view.
25-30 works will be selected for exhibition in our Marsden/Gustafson Gallery January 30th-February 27, 2020. Selected images must be matted and framed up to 16” x 20” to professional standards, white mat with simple black metal or wood frame and shipped to/dropped off at FilmNorth by January 16, 2020. After the show we will either return the print to you (we cover shipping), you may pick it up in person, or you may choose to donate the image to FilmNorth. 
If you prefer, FilmNorth will print and frame your photographs for you upon acceptance for $15 per image. After the show we will either return the print to you (we cover shipping), you may pick it up in person, or you may choose to donate the image to FilmNorth.
1st place: $250
2nd place: $150
3rd place: $100
JUROR: Andy Adams
SUBMIT: All entries must be submitted via the upload module

Competition juror Andy Adams is an independent producer and publisher whose work explores current ideas in photography and visual media. He is the Director of FlakPhoto Projects, a digital/arts lab focused on promoting photography in all of its forms. Adams is a pioneer in the field of online arts exhibition and has collaborated with the RISD Museum of Art, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and numerous other organizations. In his spare time he hosts the FlakPhoto Network, an online community focused on conversations about photo/media culture. Find him on Instagram, @FlakPhoto.

Guidelines for the FILMNºRTH Mobile Photography Competition
  1. Photography must be taken with an iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Windows phone, Android phone, or Android tablet.
  2. Photography must be in its original size ideally not smaller than 2400 pixels on either dimension.
  3. Photography must not be edited or enhanced using a desktop computer, but may be edited only on the mobile device using any combination of apps.
  4. Desktop computers may be used ONLY to change file titles, or upload submission via the web.
  5. Photography must be submitted by the Artist who took the photo.
  6. Artist retains 100% of Copyright
  7. Submission cost: $25 for up to 5 images.
  8. Judging is blind (judge will view submitted images without information on the photographer).
  9. Submissions Open: October 1, 2019
  10. Submission Deadline: 11:59pm, December 6, 2019
  11. Open to all professional and amateur photographers 18 years or older at the time of entry. Individuals affiliated with FilmNorth, including employees, board members, interns, and their immediate families (children, siblings and spouses), and others living in their households are not eligible for any prize. FilmNorth will determine winners’ eligibility in its sole discretion.
  12. All entries must be submitted via the upload module.

Sales: FilmNorth encourages sales during exhibitions and retains a 40% commission on work sold. The artist receives 60% of the sale price. If a print is sold it will be ordered from the photographer at the time of sale. 

Copyright: Artist retains all copyrights to their own images. Artists whose work is chosen for exhibition inclusion grant FilmNorth permission to use images for promoting the exhibition, artist, or FilmNorth and its programs, and current and past exhibitions. Images may be placed on social media for promotion and features. Artists grant usage as stated without further compensation.

Entrant acknowledges and agrees as follows:
All submitted images have been shot and/or edited (processed with apps) or otherwise created with any and all known mobile phone and tablet devices. No desktop software is permitted. Entries which do not conform to these rules will be disqualified. Entrant has the right or authorization to submit your images to FilmNorth Mobile Photography Competition and that the images you submit are your original work and do not infringe on any copyrights or any other rights of any third parties. Entrant holds FilmNorth and its respective management, judges, subsidiaries, agents, sponsors, vendors, and affiliates harmless from any and all claims of liability resulting from your entry. Entrant grants FilmNorth the right to print selected image(s) to its own standard and may use submitted image(s) on its website (, in an exhibition in the Marsden/Gustafson Gallery (if selected), and for promotion of the exhibition, artist, or FilmNorth and its programs. Entrant agrees to be bound by all terms and conditions as established herein.

FilmNorth reserves the right to adjust these rules within reason and within accordance with standard practices associated with similar competitions and open gallery calls.


Contact FilmNorth at 651.644.1912, ext. 1
e-mail: [email protected]