In conjunction with the start of their From Selfie to Self-Expression exhibition, Saatchi Gallery launched the #SelfExpression photography competition looking for the best photos of the outside world on a smart phone, the prize a solo exhibition at Saatchi Gallery: the winner has been announced as Mexico City photographer Paola Ismene.

9,000 people entered, and the winner was picked by artists Gillian Wearing, Rachel Maclean, Chris Levine, Simon Roberts, Picture Editor of the Sunday Times Russ O’Connell, and Saatchi Gallery CEO Nigel Hurst.

Alongside a shortlist of 10 images ranging from peeks at the urban everyday to misty landscapes, Ismene’s photo of a boy selling candy floss on Tijuana beach, entitled Daydream in Blue has been announced as the winner.

While Ismene will have a solo exhibition at the Saatchi, all 10 shortlisted entrants will 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 nine other entrants, who will also have their shortlisted entry displayed at the Saatchi Gallery are Bob Ballantyne (United States), Denis Cherim (Spain), Duncan Cunningham-Reid (Australia), Emma Gahan (Portugal), Casey Hennessy (UK), Lola Kay (Ukraine), Nick Owen (UK), Jason Pevey (United States) and Vallas Vincent (France).

Winning photograph courtesy of Paola Ismene, “Daydream in blue”, Tijuana Beach © Paola Ismene 2017

Featured image by Paola Ismene via Instagram.