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Huawei launched 1st Annual NEXT-IMAGE Awards

Smartphone/mobile phone photographers alert! I would like to bring your attention to the first annual NEXT-IMAGE Awards organised by Huawei in partnership with International Center of Photography (ICP). With the launch of the Huawei P9 back in April 2016, Huawei took the smartphone photography market by storm with its Leica dual-lens camera on its Huawei P9, I had the opportunity to review it and I decided to own the Huawei P9 after reviewing it. A few months back, I had the opportunity to review the Huawei P10 Plus and I had a even better experience with the new Huawei P10 Plus! I am really looking to upgrading from Huawei P9 to Huawei P10 Plus if the opportunity arises!

Smartphone technology and devices penetration are growing bigger and faster, that applies to the mobile camera technology too, that is now more advanced, with Huawei leading the way in their Leica powered dual-lens camera smartphones. The expansion and growth of smartphone photography is huge and still growing. With this NEXT-IMAGE Awards, Huawei is stepping up to engage this group of smartphone photography users, with many activities, competitions, exhibitions and collections, as well as photographing and sharing of visual content.

I run a small photography business, I am an avid smartphone photographer, they complement each other perfectly. My smartphone photography with my Instagram account is care free without putting any and/or too many restrictions on how I want to do my photography with my smartphone. It’s not hipster, it’s not curated deliberately to showcase, it’s about me as a carefree photographer.

Personally, I am excited and looking forward to see how Huawei NEXT-IMAGE movement is going to impact, engage and maybe revolutionise smartphone photography. For a start, let’s all take a look at the NEXT-IMAGE Awards!

Let me share with you more information and details of the Huawei first annual NEXT-IMAGE Awards, in partnership with the International Center of Photography (ICP)-

Press Release 9th September 2017

Huawei launched the first annual NEXT-IMAGE Awards today with the International Center of Photography (ICP). The Vice President of Huawei Smartphones, Li Changzhu, and the Executive Director of ICP, Mark Lubell, signed an MoU at the launch ceremony, officially kicking off the NEXT-IMAGE Plan in locations around the world.

“Huawei’s innovation in domains like AI, VR/AR, holographic imaging, and optics are given new forms of physical expression in our smartphones,” Li said at the signing ceremony. “These technologies also give rise to endless new possibilities in visualexpression, making the creative process more enjoyable than ever before.”

Back in April 2016, Huawei released the P9 series with its ground-breaking Leica dual-lens camera. The company later released the Mate 9 series in November of 2016, and the P10 series in February the following year. In September 2017, Huawei announced the release of the Kirin 970, the world’s first smartphone chipset with a dedicated Neural Processing Unit (NPU) that supports on-device AI processing. Moving forward, Huawei will redefine visual culture together with hundreds of millions of smartphone users around the world, while continuing to build on its foundation of next-generation visual imaging and optical technology.

As smartphone penetration grows and mobile camera technology becomes more advanced, more people are using their phones to create compelling visual content – content that is far more expansive and diverse than ever before. In effect, smartphone photography is no longer just a form of entertainment, but a new and impactful phenomenon in visual culture. The NEXT-IMAGE Plan is the culmination of Huawei’s efforts to redefine visual expression and culture with more professional and intuitive smartphone cameras. With the right technology and a unique style, Huawei wants to explore the next-generation of visual expression together with smartphone users around the globe.

Together with ICP, Huawei will hold a series of cross-media activities, including competitions, exhibitions and collections, and educational opportunities designed to enrich visual expression based on three core elements: technology, style, and culture. Through NEXT-IMAGE, all Huawei smartphone users will rediscover the joy of creating and sharing visual content.

The annual NEXT-IMAGE Awards are an important component of the overarching NEXT-IMAGE Plan. Starting in 2017, the awards will provide smartphone users from around the world with a gallery where they can showcase their best work.

“The International Center of Photography is the world’s leading institution dedicated to photography and visual culture. I am thrilled that the NEXT-IMAGE awards and future projects with Huawei will scale up ICP’s reach and impact, and allow both ICP and Huawei to find new ways to activate smartphone technology to increase visual literacy globally and across generations. The synergy between ICP and Huawei will inspire and increase our connections to each other through presenting new ways of learning and innovative ways for creating and sharing visual content,” says ICP Executive Director Mark Lubell.

The “NEXT” in NEXT-IMAGE refers to the next generation of photographers using thenext generation of tools to create and spread the next generation of visual content – all with new forms of interaction and feedback. The “IMAGE” part of the name refers to both static images and new forms of dynamic visual expression. The 2017 Awards are broken down into seven different categories:

  • @All
  • Me, Myself & I
  • Hello, Life!
  • Check-In
  • Citizen Witness
  • 3×3
  • Timeline

The Plan will also include an act of collective creation initiated by ICP to be activated during the awards and for the months immediately following aimed to encourage and sustain participation from imagemakers who are utilizing smartphone technology. All in all, the competition takes a fresh approach to traditional contest elements like category design, submission, and judging. Visual creatives from around the world will compete to become NEXT-IMAGE finalists, ultimately contending for best-in-category awards and the grand prize – a cash award for the NEXT-IMAGE creative champion.

Call for entries officially began on September 9, 2017, and winners will be announced on December 19. For more details, please refer to the official award website:http://gallery.consumer.huawei.com

The ceremony was also attended by Erin Barnett, the Director of Exhibitions and Collections at ICP; Christopher Phillips, Curator of the Walther Collection; Jane Cui, President of Leica Asia; and Liu Heung Shing, the Pulitzer prize-winning founder of the Shanghai Center of Photography (SCoP).

* Information and picture courtesy of Huawei and Allison+Partners *

LG G2 Mobile Photography Workshop with Aik Beng Chia

Mobile Phone Photography, a recent rise and phenomenon, with the availability and rapid expansion of the smartphone markets, camera, photography apps and social media connectivity that makes mobile phone photography easy to use, upload and share with friends and followers around the world. I had been an avid user in mobile phone photography, using my iPhone 3, 4 and 5 with my Instagram camera application and Here’s my Instagram account! While I am using iPhone for my mobile phone/street photography, there are other smartphone brands and models that have great capabilities too, for mobile phone and street photography!

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There was a LG G2 Mobile Photography Workshop with Aik Beng Chia, one of my photographer friends that I know personally, worked with him before during a recent photography assignment together with a few other photographers. I was there to try out the LG G2 smartphone and also to support Aik Beng too! The LG G2 smartphone is is the latest flagship smartphone by LG Electronics, that pushes boundaries, setting a new standard in the smartphone industry and it promises to change the way we smartphone owners use our smartphones.

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During the LG G2 Mobile Photography Workshop, we were given a quick introduction of the LG G2 smartphone and its capabilities by staff from LG Singapore. Thereafter, Aik Beng took the stage and shared with us about his mobile phone / street photography stories and techniques with the LG G2 and his workflow with the LG G2. At the end of the session, we had a hands on session with the LG G2 smartphone and testing it out around the meeting room located in Suntec City Convention Centre. I loved the rich colours 5.2-inch Full HD IPS (1080 x 1920 pixels / 423 ppi) of the LG G2 smartphone, along with the 13 megapixels and Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS) technology inside the LG G2 smartphone, which frees users from the problems of taking blurred photos, allowing them to take clear photos in moving objects such as cars and trains. The super resolution of the phone also provides clearer and more detailed zoom quality. When we finished taking photos with our LG G2 smartphone, we were also able to try out LG portable NFC-enabled photo printer and printed out small mini photos for us to bring home.

Here are some photographs taken by Aik Beng using the LG G2

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Photograph Courtesy of Aik Beng Chia

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Photograph Courtesy of Aik Beng Chia

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Photograph Courtesy of Aik Beng Chia

The LG G2 is a good and powerful smartphone packed with many features. The LG G2 camera capability gives it the added edge if you love mobile phone photography!