Welcome to the last smartphone photo challenge showcase of 2020. The theme for this last Mobiography smartphone photo challenge was ‘festivities and celebrations’. For this challenge the Mobiography community was asked to share their best festive photos, birthday party photos, religious celebrations as well as happy times with friends and family. Here is a small selection of some of the best photos that were tagged for this challenge.

Featured photographers this week include: @fayemcginley, @mery_pictures, @camhaynes22, @veroniqueroelofs, @kakousima_kuriko, @sunflowerof21_365, @the.r.a.b.b.i.t, @nnkrenz, @sombra_y_luz, @sezwhophoto, and @_plantmyheart_.

Take part in the next Mobiography photo challenge

The theme of the next smartphone photo challenge will be ‘The World Around Me’.

This challenge is a fairly open-ended subject and will run over the Christmas holiday period. For this challenge start sharing some of your best mobile photos that capture the world around you – Think street and urban locations, stunning landscapes, nature, family, friends, abstract images or small macro worlds.

To enter the challenge simply start sharing your best images on the theme of ‘The World Around Me’ that were taken and edited with a smartphone by using the hashtag #mobiography_challenge_147 on Instagram.

The best ones will be featured in the next photo challenge showcase, so get sharing now.

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Christmas fun

Christmas fun‘ by @fayemcginley – “With the holidays right around the corner, my 7 year old twin granddaughters are so excited and curious about everything Christmas. As a grandmother, I love experiencing this through their eyes. In this photo on a recent night, they were checking out a new yard decoration that their mother had purchased. I always have my iPhone with me and noticed the light from the little bulbs reflecting on their faces and glasses, so I took a couple of shots. The iPhone 11 Pro Max produces pretty good results with night photography and, with a little editing in Hipstamatic, I hope I captured the wonder of the moment. ”

Purple splash

Purple splash‘ by @mery_pictures – “I saw this big white Christmas tree at a store and it was full of blue, pink and purple decorations, so I had to take a picture with my Samsung Galaxy S8 smartphone. I was playing with colors on the Pixlr app and loved the purple color splash.”

I’m not ready

I’m not ready‘ by @camhaynes22 – “2020 has been quite a year. Even though I captured this festive bokeh photo a few Christmases ago it reminds me about how we make do with whatever situation we’re in.

For example, I’m pretty happy with my mobile photos as a general rule but low light can sometimes be a grainy problem. I still muddle with how to maximize the manual settings in PRO mode especially when it’s dark but I decided full-on bokeh seemed like my only option here and I was able to capture the tree in a creative way.

Many of us are under some form of a COVID-19 Xmas lockdown this year but if you squint a little and tilt your head it still looks and feels Christmasy!

I admit, I might be a little put off with not seeing my whole family and friends this Christmas but that’s a small compromise to keep everyone safe and healthy. I was able to deliver, to some of them, a box of assorted homemade Xmas cookies. No hugs and because it’s cold outside, we only had a quick little socially-distanced face to face chat in our masks. Next year will be better!

Photographed and edited on Samsung Galaxy S7 (no flash, no tripod). I never recall my specific settings and/or edits I might have made. It just happens. However in this case, I do remember using the device’s in-camera PRO mode. I adjusted the aperture and ISO until the bokeh was twinkling to my liking. Minimally post-edited with SnapSeed and I do think I cropped the frame a little too.”

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Untitled‘ by @veroniqueroelofs – “We wanted to create our Christmas cards and I had an assignment to shoot Christmas spirit for a flower shop, like from the two little Christmas trees you see. I actually wanted to hang the lights, but loved the view with our daughters legs, so shot this scene.”

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Untitled‘ by @kakousima_kuriko – “In this photo I wanted to make the woman appear as if she was in the glass. The photo was taken with a HUAWEI P20 Pro HW-01K. Everything is edited on a smartphone using Instagram and Snapseed.”

15 years old today

15 years old today‘ by @sunflowerof21_365 – “This is my son on his 15th birthday. I took a couple of shots of him opening his cards from a low angle so I could get the balloons in the frame (I just love the colour of them). I wanted a shot of him looking up so, rather than ask him to pose (and capture a false smile), I got my phone ready to take a few shots using burst mode, and threw a balloon at him while shouting to get his attention.

I shot this with my iPhone11 ProMax and edited it with Hipstamatic (combo Anne-Marie/Ina’s1935).”

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Untitled‘ by @the.r.a.b.b.i.t – “This photo was captured in Birmingham at the German Christmas market which was bustling and full of life, this time last year. I am very detail oriented and love to capture vivid symmetries. I must say, these Christmas decorations caught my eye instantly!

The market was packed with Christmas shoppers last year. The festive vibes were so rich in this market. Families were rushing around picking up last minute decorations with their children. I truly enjoyed the vibes and this shop in particular is one of my favourite places to go to every December in Birmingham.

Unfortunately, this year has taken a different turn and the market is no longer operational. Let’s hope for new and better beginnings in 2021 with some level of normalcy and momentous celebrations with loved ones!

The image was captured using my iPhone 8 plus and edited via the Lightroom mobile app.”

Loved the color in the Christmas tree!

Loved the color in the Christmas tree!‘ by @nnkrenz

Nightmoves

Nightmoves‘ by @sombra_y_luz

Dance Rites

Dance Rites‘ by @sezwhophoto

Bokehlicious Christmas!

Bokehlicious Christmas!‘ by @_plantmyheart_

Don’t forget…

The theme of the next smartphone photo challenge is ‘The World Around Me’.

This challenge is a fairly open-ended subject and will run over the Christmas holiday period. For this challenge start sharing some of your best mobile photos that capture the world around you – Think street and urban locations, stunning landscapes, nature, family, friends, abstract images or small macro worlds.

To enter the challenge simply start sharing your best images on the theme of ‘The World Around Me’ that were taken and edited with a smartphone by using the hashtag #mobiography_challenge_147 on Instagram.

The best ones will be featured in the next photo challenge showcase, so get sharing now.

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