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This photo just won its photographer a solo exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery

This smartphone image won an international competition, giving its photographer a chance to show her work at the Saatchi Gallery.

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This photo just won its photographer a solo exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery

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Paola Ismene from Mexico City took the winning shot in the #SelfExpression competition organised by the Saatchi Gallery and Huawei, earning her a solo exhibition.

The winner was announced as the exhibition “from Selfie to Self-expression” came to an end. Originally, the art venue joined forces with Huawei to answer the question of what impact the cultural phenomenon known as the “selfie” has had on the world. Taking the idea further, they encouraged everybody with a smartphone to be an artist, turn the lens and document the world.

The winning image, Daydream in Blue, was selected from over 9,000 entries by an elite judging panel consisting of: artists Chris Levine, Rachel Maclean, Simon Roberts and Gillian Wearing; Sunday Times Picture Editor Russ O’Connell; and Saatchi Gallery CEO Nigel Hurst.

Here are the ten shortlisted entries:

Entrants of the #SelfExpression competition