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Saatchi Gallery and Google+ Launch Motion Photography Exhibit

Saatchi Gallery and Google+ Launch Motion Photography Exhibit

With the ubiquity of smart phones and rise in photo-sharing services, the world has recently exploded with photographers from all backgrounds who are embracing new technology to tell their stories in innovative ways.
Motion photography has emerged as a new trend, but until now required special tools and know-how. Google+ allows users to effortlessly and automatically animate a series of still photographs and turn them into motion photography.
In recognition of the exciting potential of this new technology, the Saatchi Gallery and Google+ today announce a new prize, the Motion Photography Prize, inviting photographers all over the world to celebrate this new creative art form.
The Motion Photography Prize, which will have six unique categories, will be judged by a panel of forward-thinkers including film director Baz Luhrmann, artists Shezad Dawood and Cindy Sherman among others. Winners will have their works showcased in a special exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery in London launching on April 16th, with one overall winner getting the opportunity to go on the trip of a lifetime with a photographer or filmmaker of their choice.
The exhibition will also be featured online on Saatchi Art, the world's largest online gallery for emerging artists.
The competition opens for submissions today - 5th February - and the first category is Landscape. A new category will be introduced week by week. All details are found at www.saatchigallery.com/mpp or on Saatchi's Google+ page,www.google.com/+SaatchiGallery
"We are thrilled to be collaborating with Google+ on an initiative that will provide a global platform for exciting new motion photography and highlight the potential of the very latest technology to encourage creativity" Nigel Hurst, CEO Saatchi Gallery
"If a picture can tell a thousand words, motion photography can tell a whole story. We're excited about enabling anybody with a smart phone to tell their story in a new creative way." Cristian Cussen, Head of Marketing Google+ EMEA
This initiative follows on from the success of the Google Photography Prize, a collaboration with the Saatchi Gallery in 2012 to find the photography stars of the future, which received nearly 20,000 entries from 148 countries.
1) Google+ will be celebrating its third anniversary in June this year. There are currently 540 million users actively using the features of Google+ and 1.5 billion photos are uploaded to Google+ every week. It is currently the only platform on the web that is able to analyze uploaded photos, stabilize them and turn them into motion pictures.
2) The Saatchi Gallery was founded in 1985 with the aim of bringing contemporary art to as wide an audience as possible and make it accessible by providing an innovative platform for emerging artists to show their work. Over the last four years the Saatchi Gallery has hosted ten out of the top 15 most visited exhibitions in London, according to The Art Newspaper's survey of international museum attendance, and is also ranked amongst the world's top three most liked museums on Facebook and Twitter by Museum Analytics. The Saatchi Gallery's website has become a global meeting place for people interested in contemporary art. www.saatchigallery.com. Entry to all exhibitions at the Saatchi Gallery is free.
3) Saatchi Art is the world's leading online art gallery, connecting people with art and artists they love. Saatchi Art offers an unparalleled selection of paintings, drawings, sculpture and photography in a range of prices, and it provides artists from around the world with an expertly curated environment in which to exhibit and sell their work. Based in Los Angeles, Saatchi Art is redefining the experience of buying and selling art by making it easy, convenient and welcoming for both collectors and artists. www.saatchiart.com
Opening and Closing Date of Categories
Landscape 5th February - 25th February
Category 2 12th February - 4th March
Category 3 19th February - 11th March
Category 4 26th February - 18th March
Category 5 5th March - 25th March
Category 6 12th March - 1st April
Entrants will have the opportunity to submit one motion photograph to each of the six categories, which will be announced on a weekly basis. Entries for each of the categories will be accepted during a period of three weeks. Anyone above the age of 13 can enter the competition. To find out about future categories as they are announced and full terms and conditions, visitwww.saatchigallery.com/mpp

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