This year’s theme is “Color.” We’re looking for images that highlight color, any color—from pale whites to pastels to vibrant, saturated colors. The only requirement is that color inspired the creation of your images.
30 images selected by the juror will be printed and displayed in FilmNorth’s Marsden/Gustafson Gallery for an exhibition January 19–February 28, 2019. Up to 30 additional images will be selected by the juror for electronic exhibition on a gallery monitor. All selected photos will be archived on our website.
1st place: $250
2nd place: $150
3rd place: $100
THEME: Color
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: November 29th, 2018
JUROR: Jill Emmer

Owner of Shine On Photos LLC, Director of Art of Edina, founder of the Shine On Project, midwestern mom and professional photographer. Jill enjoys photographing a wide array of subjects including her family, travels, everyday whimsical moments and her famous traveling rainbow umbrella. 

Jill has traveled the world on various photography assignments including the Nakivale Refugee Settlement in Uganda with the American Refugee Committee, Puerto Rico with MN Architecture Magazine, Miami with, and Costa Rica with Pura Vida Retreats. Her colorful photography has been published in magazines, newspapers, national advertisements and displayed in a variety of photography shows.  

She also shares those captures with her wide audience on her web site and her Instagram page @shineonyoucraydiamond. Jill resides in Brookfield, WI with her husband Patrick, two sons Cy & Arlo and their wonder dog Wally. 

Guidelines for the FILMNºRTH Mobile Photography Competition:
  1. Photography must be taken with an iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Windows Phones, Android Phone, or Android Tablet.
  2. Photography must be in its original size ideally not smaller than 2400 pixels on either dimension
  3. Photography must not be edited or enhanced using a desktop computer, but may be edited only on the mobile device using any combination of Apps.
  4. Desktop computers may be used ONLY to change file titles, or upload submission via the web.
  5. Photography must be submitted by the Artist who took the photo.
  6. Artist retains 100% of Copyright
  7. Submissions cost: $25 for up to 5 images.
  8. Judging is blind (judge will view submitted images without information on the photographer).
  9. Submit images that speak to the competition theme: Color
  10. Submissions Open: October 16th, 2018
  11. Submission Deadline: 11:59pm, November 29th, 2018
  12. Open to all professional and amateur photographers 18 years or older at the time of entry. Individuals affiliated with FilmNorth, including employees, board members, interns, and their immediate families (children, siblings and spouses), and others living in their households are not eligible for any prize. FilmNorth will determine winners’ eligibility in its sole discretion.
  13. All entries must be submitted via the upload module.
West Photo in Minneapolis, MN will print all work in order to have a uniform mode of display in our Gallery. Artists set the sale price for their work ($100 minimum, no maximum) or can choose to not have the work for sale. If the print is sold, the Artist receives 70% of the profits (less printing costs). If an exhibition print is not sold, we can ship the print to you for a $20 flat fee or you may pick it up at our office (at no charge) during business hours (Mon-Fri, 10:30 am-5:30 pm).


To submit work: All entries must be submitted via the upload module here:


Entrant acknowledges and agrees as follows:
All submitted images have been shot and/or edited (processed with apps) or otherwise created with any and all known mobile phone and tablet devices. No desktop software is permitted. Entries which do not conform to these rules will be disqualified. Entrant has the right or authorization to submit your images to FilmNorth Mobile Photography Competition and that the images you submit are your original work and do not infringe on any copyrights or any other rights of any third parties. Entrant holds FilmNorth and its respective management, judges, subsidiaries, agents, sponsors, vendors, and affiliates harmless from any and all claims of liability resulting from your entry. Entrant grants FilmNorth the right to print selected image(s) to its own standard and may use submitted image(s) on its website (, in an exhibition in the Marden/Gustafson Gallery (if selected), and for promotion of the exhibition, artist, or FilmNorth and its programs. Entrant agrees to be bound by all terms and conditions as established herein.

FilmNorth reserves the right to adjust these rules within reason and within accordance with standard practices associated with similar competitions and open gallery calls.


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