Paola Ismene has been named the winner of Saatchi Gallery and Huawei’s #SelfExpression competition.

Her winning photograph, ‘Daydream In Blue’ was selected over 9000 other entries by a judging panel consisting of artists Chris Levine, Rachel Maclean, Simon Roberts and Gillian Wearing, plus Sunday Times Picture Editor Russ O’Connell and Saatchi CEO Nigel Hurst. As part of the prize, the Mexican photographer will receive a solo exhibition at the Gallery.

Reflecting on her victory, Ismene said: “I am truly grateful for being selected, because it’s a great platform to expose the work of emerging photographers. Mobile photography has allowed me to capture countless images in my everyday life. So I find it fortunate to participate in competitions like this where the use of new technologies in the artistic field are recognised.”

The competition, which launched on June 12, invited artists, photographers and anyone with a smartphone to turn their away gaze from the self and towards the world and those around them. Nine other shortlisted entrants will also have their images displayed at the Saatchi Gallery – they are as follows: 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).

The aforementioned artists – Ismene included – will also 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.

Paola Ismene, Mexico City, Mexico, Daydream in blue © Paola Ismene 2017