Stephanie Sokol for The Pit
In the digital age comes an evolution to media– especially photography. It’s easier than ever to share a visual story with the world in an instant– it’s grown to become an art of sorts. Announced this week, the first-ever Motion Photography Prize from Saatchi Art and Google+ was awarded to Kristina Rinaldi, for her entry in the “Urban” category of the competition.
The prize launched February 5, 2014, and more than 4,000 photographers entered in the six categories. The goal was to work towards drawing attention to motion photography as “a new art form for everyone.”Due to the constant evolution of social media, smart phones and popularity of photo-sharing services, Saatchi Art (The World’s Leading Online Art Gallery), The Saatchi Gallery in London and Google + teamed up to launch this award, gathering entries from photographers around the world– both professional and amateur– whoever most innovatively told stories threw photography and motion photography.
A jury of artists, including Tracey Emin, Shezad Dawood and Cindy Sherman, in addition to filmmaker Baz Luhrmann, played a role in selecting Rinaldi, as well as the 5 finalists Kostas Agiannitis (Lifestyle), Matthew Clarke (Night), Emma Critchley (People), Micael Reynaud (Action) and Stefanie Schneider (Landscape).
Each of the finalists, as well as the winner, earned the opportunity to showcase their works on Saatchi Art and a special exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery in London, which opened this week. Rinaldi’s award takes it a bit further– providing her the chance to travel with a photographer or filmmaker of her choosing.
The top 6 works can be viewed here: http://explore.saatchiart.com/motion-photography.