Self Expression


Following the enormous success of the #SaatchiSelfie Competition which received over 14,000 entries from 113 different countries, and the commissioning of ten exciting young British photographers to create new works using Huawei smartphones, co-engineered with Leica, Saatchi Gallery and Huawei are joining forces again with an exciting new opportunity. The #SelfExpression Competition invites artists, photographers, creative individuals and anyone with a smartphone to turn their gaze away from the self to document the world and those around them, with the chance to win a solo exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery.

The #SelfExpression competition marks Huawei's and the Saatchi Gallery's ongoing commitment to provide a platform for the most creative smartphone imagery to be discovered and enjoyed. The open- entry competition gives everyone over 16 the opportunity to share their most expressive images, and what they find beautiful, interesting or noteworthy, with an international audience, as well as the chance to have their work displayed at the Saatchi Gallery in London.

The judging panel will comprise of artists Chris Levine, Rachel MacLean, Simon Roberts and Gillian Wearing, joined by Sunday Times Magazine Picture Editor Russ O'Connell who will shortlist 10 winners from the pool of entries. The winners will have their work exhibited at the Saatchi Gallery in London and will also each receive Huawei's newest P10 smartphone, co-engineered with Leica, which features the world's first 8MP Leica front camera and dual Leica lens.

The overall winner of the competition will be announced at a special private view at the Saatchi Gallery, London on 5th September 2017, and will be awarded a solo exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery at a later date.

The #SelfExpression Competition opens for submissions on Monday 12th June and deadline for entries is 11.59pm GMT on 23rd July 2017.

About Huawei

Huawei is a global technology brand and the world's third largest smartphone company. In April 2016, Huawei reinvented smartphone photography with the launch of the P9 smartphone featuring a unique dual-lens camera co-engineered with the iconic brand, Leica Camera AG. With the 26th February launch in Barcelona of the new P10 smartphone Huawei continues to seamlessly merge the art of technology with the art of photography and set a new benchmark smartphone camera technology. Huawei believes in cultural technology: the fusing of technology and culture to deliver solutions to help people express themselves in a new way, and is dedicated to creating extraordinary experiences for people everywhere.

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About Saatchi Gallery

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 five 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 five most liked museums on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Google+. The Saatchi Gallery's website has become a global meeting place for people interested in contemporary art. Entry to all exhibitions at the Saatchi Gallery is free.