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Photo awards get mobile category

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The World Photography Organisation has launched a new award dedicated to mobile photography at the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards.

The latest camera technology within mobile phones has created increased accessibility for photographers.  Moments can be captured in just about any circumstance or location and everyone with access to a phone can visually document day-to-day life.  The mobile phone category at the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards recognises this new creative freedom and how mobile photography has helped redefine the way in which photographers approach their art.

Photographers of all abilities have just one month from today to submit their best image which answers this brief: You get out of life what you put in.  Push past the obvious and see the inspiration all around you.  Discover the extraordinary by using your mobile phone to view the world through a different lens.

Entries are free at www.worldphoto.org and must be made before the closing date on 27 February.

The 20 best images will be shortlisted by a judging panel including:

  • Anna Dickson, Director of Photography, Huffington Post, US
  • Chris Hudson, Group Art Editor, National Geographic Traveller, UK
  • Anthony Lepinay, Photographer and Creative Director, France
  • Alvin Soon, Associate Editor, HWM and HardwareZone.com, Singapore
  • Evgeny Tchebotarev, CPO and Co-Founder, 500px, Canada

The shortlist will be showcased on the World Photography Organisation website, www.worldphoto.org, and one winner will be chosen via a public vote running on the website from 10-17 March.

The winning photographer will be flown to London to attend the Sony World Photography Awards gala ceremony on 23 April and will receive a Sony Mobile product bundle including the flagship Xperia smartphone and tablet.

Astrid Merget Motsenigos, Creative Director, World Photography Organisation comments: “With today’s incredible technology at our fingertips we have ability to capture the everyday events that actually form part of the unique fabric of our lives.  Most of us document our own history every day with our mobile phones and think nothing of it.  This category allows us to look a little closer at those otherwise ordinary moments.”

Judge Anthony Lepinay, a French street photographer who regularly shoots using his mobile adds: “It is a real pleasure to see how photography is evolving with new technologies and new uses.  Immediacy changes the way we think of photos. We have to be ‘always on’ to catch the perfect moment.  And I hope to find some perfect moments with this award.”

 

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Cross-channel chat launched

Clickatell has launched a cross-channel live chat service, Touch Go, that transforms omni-channel customer care.

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It enables live chat across a company’s website as well as social platforms (Twitter and Facebook) and mobile apps, bringing customer care and engagement into a single business platform.

“Today’s consumers expect to engage with your brand on the digital channel of their choosing,” says Deon van Heerden, Clickatell Engage CEO and Group CFO. “They want to message your business and instantly have queries resolved, find the information and services they are looking for, without the need for a voice call. Clickatell’s Touch Go makes that happen with the right level of capabilities for businesses of all sizes.”

Businesses can start using Touch Go immediately, with a free Starter option. Touch Go requires no credit card for sign-up and is fully featured with a simple setup process. It offers customisable branding, a unified chat desk business application as well as reports and analytics.

As the business scales up its digital customer care, it can opt-in for the Touch Enterprise offering. Touch Enterprise is designed for scaling up customer care efforts through advanced capabilities including AI driven virtual agents, sentiment analysis, automated workflows, enterprise integrations and in-channel mini-applications.

“Customer care has become a defining factor for sustained business success ” says Nirmal Nair, Clickatell Engage EVP Product & Marketing. “In an ever-increasing mobile native world, customers often choose to interact digitally, but they also expect to be able to reach a human immediately, should they need. Monitoring multiple channels and providing immediate action becomes challenging with siloed deployments. Touch’s unified solution allows businesses of all sizes to provide the customer delight in a simple modular approach.”

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SA gamers for eWorld Cup

VS Gaming has crowned the winners of the Xbox One and Playstation 4 EA Sports FIFA tournament that saw 1 024 players compete for the right to contest the FIFA eWorld Cup playoffs later this year.

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After two grand finals this weekend, Shiaan Rubeer and 16 year old Thabo Moloi were victorious on Xbox One and Playstation 4 respectively. Each player won R400 000 as the first prize on each platform.

“This was an historic moment for efootball in South Africa,” said Wanda Mkhize, spokesperson for VS Gaming. “Through this tournament South African players have now been given the international spotlight that they deserve. This is what it means for VS Gaming – to open new doors of possibility for our players and thereby grow our communities.”

VS Gaming was given the rights to host a FIFA eWorld Cup Qualifier in March after signing an agreement with EA Sports.

“We are proud of what we have been able to achieve this weekend,” said Mkhize. “Over a thousand players competed to take on the worlds best and two of our South Africans will be able to compete on the world stage as a result. We are excited to see what the future holds for this sector.”

The top four players across each platform were:

Xbox One

First place:          Shiaan Rugbeer

Second place:    Irshaad Mahomed

Third place:         Abu Akhalwaya

Fourth place:      Khalid Fakie

Playstation 4

First place:          Thabo Mike Moloi

Second place:    Zuhair Ebrahim

Third place:         Ziyadh Caasim

Fourth place:      Mohammed Fiaz Mahomed

About the VS Gaming Cup

  • 1,024 players took part in the tournament
  • There were 512 players on Xbox One
  • There were 512 players on Playstation 4
  • The total prize pool for this year is over R1,5 million with the winner on each platform receiving R400, 000. The breakdown is as follows:

 

XBOX WINNERS PS4 WINNERS PRIZE POOL TOTAL
1st Place 1st Place R400 000 R800 000
2nd Place 2nd Place R150 000 R300 000
3rd Place 3rd Place R75 000 R150 000
4st Place 4st Place R30 000 R60 000
5th–8th Place 5th–8th Place R15 000 R120 000
9th–16th Place 9th–16th Place R5 000 R80 000
    R755 000 R1 510 000

 

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