Katowice snapper named ‘world’s best mobile photographer’
A photographer from Katowice has won first place in a prestigious international competition for the most impressive images captured on a smartphone.
Dominika Koszowska, a graphic designer and part-time photographer scooped first place in the annual World’s Top Mobile Photographer 2020 Competition run by One Eyeland, whose results were announced on the 15th of July 2021.
Daniel Berman, founder of The Mobile Photography Awards said: “The excellence of her craft is evident throughout the range of her work.
“From portraits to landscapes, Dominika portrays her subjects with care and confidence.
“She attains both a technical and emotional achievement in her work.”
The award marks the second time Koszowska has been awarded the world’s best mobile photographer, the first time being in 2019 when she was awarded first place in the Mobile Photography Awards, the world’s longest running international competition for mobile photography and art.
The talented photographer who is currently doing her PhD at the Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice, credits her interest with photography to her grandfather, who first introduced her to the secrets of traditional photography.
But her journey with mobile photography began by accident.
She told TFN: “It all started in 2014 when my current phone broke and I had to buy a new one.
“I realised it had quite a nice camera and started taking some pictures with it.
“My son liked them and he found a mobile photography exhibition where you could win a smartphone and he pestered me to apply with my photos and I eventually gave in and applied, thinking nothing more of it and never thinking I’d win. But I did.
“Then came another photo competition, again found by my son who again encouraged me to apply, this time the prize was tickets to an international football game in Brazil. I won that too and we travelled to Brazil for the game.
“After that, I started taking a greater interest in mobile photography. There was a module on my university course in photography and I took that and started honing my craft and taking photographs with greater awareness, and that’s how it all started.”
She has now won over 100 international awards and honourable mentions in photography exhibitions, including the National Geographic Traveller Competition and accolades at the International Photography Awards.
The majority of her winning images to date have been taken on various models of Sony Xperia smartphones with three lenses.
She said: “Though I love photographing all types of subjects, my favourite are portraits. Nowadays, smartphones have a 2x optical zoom lens which allows me to take portrait images which don’t distort the subject’s face.
“I also love capturing images of fleeting moments, for example things that happen on the street, I like finding those moments”.