I haven't hesitated to hand in my selection of images which they wanted the participants to send them via E-Mail.
The 5 categories were:
Your Favourite Photo.
My girlfriend at Whitesand Beach in Boracay in the Philippines
Camping at Sandwood Bay in Scotland)
A friend of mine catching a frisbee at Whitesand Beach in Boracay)
I am a finalist!
After two weeks of waiting I have received an E-Mail from one of Chip Foto-Video's judges to tell me that I have made it into the finals! Out of hundreds of applicants the judges chose my selection of photos to be amongst the top 5 and invited me to Munich to compete against 4 other great photographers in a Live Event!
The Live Event in Munich
Equipped with a sponsored phone from Huawei, we were now asked to wander around Munich for 6 hours and take photographs for 3 different categories. The categories this time were:
This is Munich
The photos should all be taken with the HUAWEI P10 and should all be edited with the software the phone has already installed. We were given a lunch pack, a day ticket for public transport, a map of Munich and a power bank.
Within 6 hours I took about 800 photos, walked 17.000 steps and spent 5 minutes to eat my lunch pack. I have focused on taking pictures at Munich's Marienplatz and the underground stations in Munich which are superb places for street photography!
After an hour I have met Hubert Josef, who has been a homeless person for the past 50 years and happily allowed me to take a photo of him:
After talking to Hubert for a little while and editing the image straight away I have decided to try my luck in the Underground, simply because the light wasn't the best and I didn't have any nice ideas to take photos outside.
I came across a scene, which instantly caught my attention. The leading lines, the reflections, the guy selling his newspapers and the many people in the underground station at Marienplatz made a nice scene for the second category: This is Munich.
With the second image in my portfolio I went to Eisbach, which is the famous surfing wave in Munich. I had a lot of fun shooting at this place and watching the surfers but didn't get a photo which would have been good enough to convince the judges.
Back down in the underground I decided to try my luck at Westfriedhof. This part of the Underground is absolutely stunning! The massive lamps hanging from the ceiling and the two people waiting for the next train made my last portfolio shot!
After the Live Event
5.00 p.m. - time is up! The judges expect us to be punctual. I am. This is it. I handed in these 3 shots from which I thought they would represent my skills best. I wasn't quite sure about the quality and of course I didn't know what the 4 other's handed in. We were invited to a nice restaurant and after 3 hours of waiting we were told what the result is.
I can't believe my eyes!
It is me! I am the winner!
I am Germany's Best Smartphone Photographer!
Thanks so much CHIP Foto-Video for the great contest and a huge thanks to Huawei for the awesome prize: a Huawei Matebook E and the P10. I badly needed a new laptop to edit my photos while traveling.