Friday, September 14, 2012

The App Wars Loves CanvasPop!

Have you ever wondered what those amazing pictures you've been taking would look like if you printed them to canvas?   So do we...

CanvasPop is the web's most innovative provider of custom, high quality canvas printing services.  CanvasPop empowers photographers, digital artists, designers and everyday customers to create gallery-quality images on canvas.  CanvasPop allows anyone to print any image-including Instagram and Hipstamatic, Facebook, and iPhone photos at virtually any size regardless of the original resolution of the image.  How damn cool is that?   Have you checked them out?   We bet one your own beautiful photos would look AMAZING printed to canvas.   It's easy to do.

CanvasPop is a proud sponsor of The App Wars and will donating  $6000 in gift vouchers to our shortlist of 200 selected photographers.   So yeah, we love CanvasPop for more reasons than just their amazing canvases!   And if you haven't been to their website, you should go NOW!   WWW.CanvasPop.COM.   Go see all the amazing ways you can print your art to Canvas!  Oh! And don't forget to "LIKE" their facebook page.

Time is running out to enter The App Wars.  If you haven't done so, go to today and enter your art for a chance to win prizes, be included in the gallery showing at 3RDSPACE in San Diego, CA, and be internationally published by BLURB books!

Have you entered the War Yet?

Sunday, September 9, 2012

The App Wars Loves Gina Costa...

...and quite honestly, who wouldn't love her - with a brilliant and beautiful mind and gracious manner to match her exquisite beauty, it would be hard not to fall in love as we have here at The App Wars.  We can't even begin to explain our excitement to have the lovely Ms. Gina Costa curate and judge The App Wars competition.

Gina,  who earned her M.A. and PhD in Art History from the University of Chicago, is currently a lecturer on 20th Century art and photography and is a museum curator at the prestigious Snite Museum of Art, University of Notre Dame.  And she will be extending her expertise to this competition and to all the beautiful entries we have received so far.

We spoke with Gina recently and here's an excerpt from that:
"I have always been very interested  in ways of seeing and thinking about photography and the making of images.  Since the birth of photography, we have used the camera to document our lives and record our memories.  Our contemporary life is saturated with and often defined by visual images.

I picked up an Olympus OM2 when I was about 18, and began documenting the rural Italian countryside around me.  I never stopped thinking about how we see the world around us, and how the camera's lens was both a filter and device to reveal what sometimes our eyes could not see.  As a trained art historian, my life is infused with images, as I constantly evolve new ways to read those images.

The advent of smartphones and their visual applications make the capturing and sharing of images spontaneous and instantaneous.  This tool is available to anyone, and resides in the pockets, purses, and book bags of millions of people around the world.  The process of capturing an image is suddenly a democratic process, redefining the terrain once occupied by "the artist-photographer".

Is "phoneology" a short-lived phenomenon, or a new way of thinking about what a photograph can be?  Is the traditional way of seeing and generating images part of the past, or has it been redefined?  Furthermore, is "phoneology" a valid part of the current discourse on contemporary photographic processes and strategies?  I believe it is.  In fact, the smartphone has expanded the discourses in meaningful ways, redefining what a photographic is or can be.

My current work with my Iphone (4s) seeks to explore this ever expanding discourse.  Each image I capture or make differs slightly from the other in the manner with which I utilize this technology, exploring the phone as a creative tool, a documenting device, a suggestion of narrative content, and a snapshot of time and place."


From reading above, it's easy to see why Gina was a natural choice to curate this competition alongside Chip Simons and we can't wait to see her amazing selections to be included in the gallery showing at 3RDSPACE right here in San Diego, California.  And two talented photographers will be selected from that shortlist to win the Grand Prizes.  OH!  And don't forget our book publishing with BLURB! 

There is still time left to enter the War and submit your entries.   Go to The App Wars website for more information.  We want you!  We want your pictures!  Show us what you've got!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

The App Wars LOVES BLURB! (And they love us too!)

Do you love Blurb?   We love Blurb.   If you don't know who Blurb is and what they can do, you should.   The App Wars is excited to announce it's partnership with Blurb for the contest, event and book publishing!

"Blurb, the creative self-publishing platform, is thrilled to support the App Wars and its quest to challenge and promote iPhone photographers and their creativity. A book with top 100 Instagram and Hipstamatic photos chosen by the App Wars judges will be published using the Blurb online platform.
Blurb also offers photographers and a quick, easy, and affordable way to make high-quality books of their Instagram and facebook photos with just a few clicks."

 To learn more about how Blurb can help unleash the creative genius in everyone, visit or check out this video.  

And make sure you check out and "Like" their facebook page too!

Want to be in included?  All you have to do is get inspired, and unleash your creative genius.  Be CREATIVE.  Show us your vision!  We know you all have it in you.  And we want to see it here!   Submit your Hipstamatic and Instagram  photos to The App Wars today.   Have you joined yet?

Monday, August 13, 2012

Chip Simons + The App Wars

Do you know Chip?  If you don't, you should.  And you should really know his work.  Chip has been taking pictures for over 40 years.  (Hard to believe right?  I mean look at him, he must have been taking pictures from birth! - he drinks from the fountain of youth! - although we are still awaiting confirmation of that....) And Chip is one of our two prestigious judges for The App Wars Competition.

Chip is an innovative and an amazing talent in  the industry and has been described as an "influential oddity" in the world of photography.  A style pioneer  in his unconventional uses of wide-angle lenses and pop, arty, colored strobes, his work these days runs the gamut from editorial and advertising assignments to his much loved dog series to his surreal backyard portraits of masked figures, to music or  anything else that would have the call of excellence mixed with unique vision unparalleled to what you could find anywhere else.  Chip is known for his comedy, irony, satire and wit.  And you can see it in his art.

Chip was born in Ohio in 1958 and was introduced to photography while in high school in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.  Following studies in art and photography at Kutztown University and at the University of New Mexico, Chip moved to New York City and received his first commercial assignments.  His first series of work, "I Am a Dog," was initially published in Andy Warhol's Interview Magazine.

Subsequent publications showing Chip's photos included the New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, Time, Newsweek, Fortune, New York Magazine, and others.  Chips has also shot for Esquire, US, Men's Journal, American Airlines, graced the cover of many magazines including TIME and a plethora of others.

In the mid 1980's, Chip had emerged as an important photographer with a unique way of seeing, coupled with a vivid color and innovative lighting techniques.  His wide-angle lens photos were used by many companies to bring a quirky, humorous feel to their ad campaigns.

Clients as diverse as Shimano Bicycles, the U.S. Postal Service and Seagrams have used Chip's work in their campaigns.  A true artist with a prolific repertory of ideas, his images never cease to push his equipment and his vision to the edge.

 AND....he's judging the App Wars.  And we are excited to see what images are going to strike his attention.  Aren't you?  We love his work.  We drool over it.  And we are so excited and honored to have him and his expertise in this competition.  (Sigh...)  We love Chip.  We know you will too.  Please check out Chip's website to see more of his incredible work at  

And NOW, have you joined the war yet?   If you haven't, click HERE and do it....

Tuesday, August 7, 2012


Welcome to The App Wars Blog where we will be spotlighting our partners in the event and our amazing sponsors and even spotlighting some of our entries from time to time.
The App Wars is an international mobile photography event currently accepting submissions for work shot originally in the Hipstamatic or Instagram applications through September 25th.  The cost is $5.00 USD per submission.  And although it's called "The App Wars", this event really isn't about 'war' between the Hipstamatic and Instagram apps, it's about bringing awareness and exposure to both apps and furthering the cause of the mobile photography medium's struggle to become legitimately ingrained  in the photographic arts.   Our goal is to help bridge the gap between conventional photography and mobile photography and promote the arts as a whole.  This will be unique and different from other shows.  We've got two phenomenal judges - Ms. Gina Costa, M.A. and Ph.D in Art History and currently at the Snite Museum of Art at the University of Notre Dame. Gifted in the arts, Gina is currently working on a publication which explores the current discourse on the use of cell phone technology and how it has changed the way one defines a photograph.  And then there's the esteemed Chip Simons, the internationally published commercial photographer whose work has graced the pages of just about every magazine and whose work is sold around the world - smart, witty, and beyond talented.  (He's the guy we all want to be when we grow up!) (FULL blog spotlight coming this week on Chip!)
100 Instagram photos and 100 Hipstamatic photos will make the short list to be included in the Gallery with (1) Instagram and (1) Hipstamatic photo being selected to receive a grand prize of $1000 USD each.  (5) Honorable Vision awards will also be given.  There hasn't been any mobile photography event awarding larger singular prizes.  A book publishing will also follow.
To enter - go to and click on the Registration and Submission page.   If you have questions, please contact for quick answers!

The opening night reception will be held at 3RDSPACE in San Diego, California on October 6th (with eats, drinks and entertainment) showing though the end of October.  We can't say enough great things about 3RDSPACE.  3RDSPACE is a club for the creative and a co-working environment like no other with some brilliantly talented people as members.  3RDSPACE is much more than co-working.  3RDSPACE is a private club for the creative, described less by what it as what it becomes by the growing community of interesting, talented and active members.  It's creative space shared by a bunch of smart, imaginative ambitious and fun people in America's Finest City of San Diego!
The App Wars LOVES 3RDSPACE and you should too.  They are the perfect host for the gallery and you should definitely check out their website and dig their facebook page too!  They are located at 4610 Park Avenue in the heart of University Heights.

Check the Video by 3RDSPACE member Elias Blood.