HUAWEI Launches Second Annual NEXT-IMAGE Awards to Help Redefine Visual Expression through Smartphone Imagery

Press release from HUAWEI:

[Shanghai, China, and New York, USA. 13th June, 2018] Building on the huge success of last year’s global smartphone photography awards, HUAWEI, a leading smartphone brand, today launched the second annual NEXT-IMAGE Awards, with the support of the International Center of Photography (ICP), the world’s leading institution dedicated to photography and visual culture. Visual creatives from around the world are now invited to submit their entries and compete to become NEXT-IMAGE finalists with their work being judged by a panel of experts.

The annual NEXT-IMAGE Awards are an important part of Huawei’s overarching NEXT-IMAGE Plan to redefine visual expression and culture through more professional and intuitive smartphone cameras. Having started in 2017, the awards provide HUAWEI smartphone users from around the world with a gallery where they can showcase their best work to a global audience. Last year there were over 157,000 submissions to the awards from over 90 different countries, with 500 finalists chosen.

Announcing the launch of the NEXT-IMAGE Awards during his keynote speech at CES ASIA, Kevin Ho, President of Huawei’s Handsets Product Line said: “The annual NEXT-IMAGE Awards are designed to inspire smartphone users to capture and share moments in life and experience the joy of photography. With HUAWEI leading the way in advancing image taking and redefining the meaning of visual expression, the awards are also our commitment to explore alongside HUAWEI mobile users, the possibilities of next-generation smartphone photography and videography.”

“I am thrilled to once again collaborate with HUAWEI on the second incarnation of the NEXT-IMAGE awards,” says ICP Executive Director Mark Lubell. “The images that emerged from this program were powerful and provocative. We’re excited to continue this program as a way to engage imagemakers around the world while celebrating the power of mobile photography to spark conversation and increase visual literacy across generations.”

The 2018 NEXT-IMAGE Awards are broken down into six categories: ‘Good Night’, ‘Faces’, ‘Hello, Life!’, ‘Check-In’, ‘Timeline’ and ‘Story Board’. After being whittled down to 500 finalists, remaining entries will be judged by a panel composed of five industry experts including ICP’s Mark Lubell, along with five up-and-coming young visual storytellers — many of whom are recent graduates of the ICP School— as mobile photography cannot just be defined by experts, but also by a young generation who use their phones on a daily basis to take pictures to share on social media. There will be one Grand Prize winner who will win US$20,000, a HUAWEI P20 Pro smartphone and a HUAWEI MateBook X Pro laptop. Additionally there will be six best-in-category winners and 50 runner-up prizes.

To build on the momentum surrounding the NEXT-IMAGE Awards, HUAWEI will also be holding a series of events focused around the company’s vision to expand on visual expression. These include workshops with notable photography experts, called NEXT-IMAGE College, a global exhibition in leading cities, as well as photography Master Class with world-renowned photographers including Alec Soth, Magnum Photos photographer, towards the end of 2018. Through NEXT-IMAGE, all HUAWEI smartphone users will rediscover the joy of creating and sharing visual content.

The call for entries begins on June 13th, 2018, with winners being announced in late September, 2018. For more details, please refer to the official awards website:

Huawei is well-regarded for its mobile photography innovation, particularly through its partnership with LEICA, and its flagship smartphones are known for their cutting-edge technology and best-in-class cameras. Continuing this illustrious tradition, the recently launched HUAWEI P20 series fuses art with advanced mobile technology to offer a revolutionary, professional photography experience.

As smartphone penetration grows and mobile camera technology becomes more advanced with ever better image taking capabilities, 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, particularly for the younger generation. 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.

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About HUAWEI Consumer Business Group

HUAWEI’s products and services are available in more than 170 countries, and are used by a third of the world’s population, ranking third in the world in mobile phone shipments in 2015. Fifteen R&D centres have been set up in the United States, Germany, Sweden, Russia, India and China. HUAWEI Consumer BG is one of HUAWEI’s three business units and covers smartphones, PC and tablets, wearables, mobile broadband device, family device and device cloud service. HUAWEI’s global network advantages, global operation capacity and global partnership are built on 20 years of expertise in telecom industry. HUAWEI Consumer BG is dedicated to delivering the latest technologies to consumers and sharing the happiness of technological advances with more people around the world. Walk the walk and make dreams come true.

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About the International Center of Photography (ICP)

The International Center of Photography (ICP) is the world’s leading institution dedicated to    photography and visual culture. Cornell Capa founded ICP in 1974 to preserve the legacy of “concerned photography”—the creation of socially and politically-minded images that have the potential to educate and change the world— and the center’s mission endures today, even as the photographic medium and imagemaking practices have evolved. Through its exhibitions, school, public programs, and community outreach, ICP offers an open forum for dialogue about the role that photographs, videos, and new media play in our society. To date, it has presented more than 700 exhibitions and offered thousands of classes at every level. ICP brings together photographers, artists, students, and scholars to create and interpret the realm of the image. Here, members of this unique community are encouraged to explore photography and visual culture as mediums of empowerment and as catalysts for wide-reaching social change.  Visit www.icp.orgto learn more.

About the author

RANDY OLSON’s 27 National Geographic magazine projects have taken him to many countries in Africa, the Siberian Arctic, Abu Dhabi, American Samoa, Austria, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Dubai, Guyana, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Italy, Japan, Kamchatka, Newfoundland, Pakistan, Palmyra, Republic of Georgia, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, and the South Pacific.
National Geographic Society published a book of his work in their Masters of Photography series in January 2011. Olson was the 2003 Magazine Photographer of the Year in the Pictures of the Year International (POYi) competition, and was also awarded POYi’s 1992 Newspaper Photographer of the Year—one of only two photographers to win in both media in the largest photojournalism contest operating continuously since World War II. While working at The Pittsburgh Press, Olson received an Alicia Patterson Fellowship to support a seven-year project documenting a family with AIDS, and a Robert F. Kennedy Award for his story on problems with Section 8 housing. He was also awarded the Nikon Sabbatical and a grant from the National Archives to save the Pictures of the Year collection.
Melissa Farlow and Randy Olson are photojournalists in the documentary tradition. Their work has taken them to 50 countries over the past 20 years. Even though they are published in LIFE, GEO, Smithsonian and other magazines, they have primarily worked on 50 projects for the National Geographic Society. They normally work individually, but have co-produced National Geographic magazine stories on northern California, American national parks, and the Alps. They photographed the southern United States for a book by Collins Publishing and have collaborated on over 70 books by various publishers.