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.