Instagram: For most, it's a quick way to share your latest selfie or foodie picture. But thanks to a new gallery opening in Miami tonight, there's more you can do with Instagram -- like share your fine art, and possibly win a huge grand prize.
That's right -- the hipster photo app is getting its very own art space, right in Miami's hipster mecca of Wynwood. The Instagramers Gallery, created by Spain-based artists and social innovators Phil González and Jorge Martínez, will open at 7 p.m. tonight at 2324 North Miami Avenue. The gallery is the only physical Instagram gallery in the world, organizers say, and will feature photography from 17 renowned "Instagramers" from Germany, Brazil, Denmark, Spain, Italy, Mexico, Romania, Sweden, South Africa, and the United States.
Gallery founders Jorge Martinez and Phil Gonzalez.
The Instagramers will have their best artwork on display and Miami Instagramer @igersMiami, will also showcase their photography showcasing the Magic City. Other Instagram artists on display include @thomas_k, @Wlad, @cirkeline, @misshedwig, @philgonzalez, @takinyerphoto, @grether, @hons24, @Timbrado, @Macenzo, @giariv, @hnato_nf, @Katia_Mi, @bossthefrenchbulldog and @garethpon.
But Instagramers Gallery won't be the world's only gallery featuring Instagram art for long. A second gallery is planning to open in Madrid, Spain, in early 2014. Both gallery spaces will, of course, feature social art, but will also focus on seminars, events and talks.
Also up for grabs is an Instagramers Photo Prize of $100,000, to be awarded to one lucky winner chosen by a jury featuring "well-known personalities in the worlds of photography, art, communications and new technologies," according to a press release. Photographers can enter their best Instagram post between Dec. 16 and April 30, 2014. The winner will be chosen from the daily Photo-Day Prize finalists. Enter at instagramersgallery.
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