Google+ seeks innovative photographers

10 Nov 2011


Google+ might be relatively new, but already the photography community is starting to thrive on the platform, with more than 3.4bn photos uploaded in the first 100 days. That’s why Google is now launching the Google Photography Prize, so inspired photographers from Irish universities can get innovative.

On its Google Blog today, the search engine giant said it is teaming up with Saatchi Gallery, London for the Google Photography Prize.

“We challenge you to come up with photographs that will make us laugh, cry, listen, hop on a plane, start a conversation, or start a revolution,” says Google on the official competition site.

Competition criteria

The competition is open to those who are 18 years old or older, and who are in a higher education institution.

On its site Google says that the “contest is open to students at higher education institutions … who are residents of the 50 United States, the district of Columbia and worldwide, except for Brazil, Quebec, Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Syria, North Korea, Sudan, Libya, Liberia, Zimbabwe, Myanmar (Burma).”

University students who are allowed enter from around the globe will have the opportunity to showcase their photos on Google+ and have their work exhibited at a major art institution.

“We’re really excited about this, and think great art deserves great exposure. The contest is open to university students around the world … *From far-away places to up-close faces, there are 10 different categories to spark your imagination,” posted Obi Felten, director of Consumer Marketing, Google EMEA, on the Google Blog today.

*Some exceptions apply, so check out the official competition site.

Google has created 10 categories for people to choose from:

  • Me
  • Food
  • Travel
  • Fashion
  • Action
  • Street
  • Sport
  • Night
  • Sound/Silence
  • Point of View

So what prizes are up for grabs?

  • The 10 finalists chosen by a jury of renowned photographers will show their work at Saatchi Gallery, London for two months in 2012 alongside Out of Focus, a major photography exhibition.
  • The finalists will also win a trip to London to attend the exhibition opening event with a friend.

Google said today that the eventual winner will also “go on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to an amazing destination with a professional photography coach.”

Students can enter by picking a category (see above), uploading their photos to Google+ and sharing them with the world as a public post.

“Then visit the submission form on by January 31, 2012 to enter,” said Felten.

Saatchi Gallery, London will share updates on their  Google+ page for the contest.

Carmel Doyle was a long-time reporter with Silicon Republic