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Inside the 2012 Mobile Photography Awards Exhibit (PHOTOS)

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This article comes to us courtesy of California Home + Design.

Smartphones have infiltrated almost every aspect of our lives, so it’s no surprise that they’re now making waves in the art world as well. Discreet, quick and readily accessible, the micro lenses in such phones let professional and amateur photographers alike capture amazing on-the-spot images. Add to this the myriad of photo applications available, and your creative possibilites are unlimited. The only prerequisite is an index finger—one that allows you to “slide to unlock” your potential.

The explosion of mobile photography has inspired Ontario, Canada–based digital artist Daniel Berman to bring the medium out of the digital galleries and into the brick-and-mortar ones. As founder of the Mobile Photography Awards, Berman was overwhelmed by the response to his inaugural call for submissions—more than 2,200 entries from over 100 countries. “I wanted to create a competition that was global in nature,” says Berman.

Deb Evans Braun’s "Into the Wind" is among the 26 award-winning photographs and numerous honorable mentions that will be on display at SF’s Arthaus Gallery from April 5 to June 30. The exhibition kicks off a nationwide tour of the contest’s best entries. “There’s a real freedom that comes with mobile photography,” says Braun, a San Francisco resident and full-time parent who doesn’t always have the time to lug around her traditional camera. “But the most rewarding part is the incredible new circle of artists I’ve been able to share my passion with.”

Get a peek at some of our favorites.

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