16.05.2009 • 20:06

Google and the Saatchi Gallery team up for new photography competition.

Google has announced an open call for submissions to the Google Photography Prize, a collaboration with the Saatchi Gallery to find talented student photographers and give them unprecedented online and offline exposure. The winning submissions will be available for millions of Google users around the world to display on their personalised iGoogle homepages, and given a special exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery. The overall winner will also receive £5,000 and an invitation to spend a day with renowned photographer Martin Parr.

The competition is open to students in institutions of higher education in many countries around the world. Students can enter by submitting a series of five photographs at http://www.google.com/photographyprize by May 31. The thirty-six top entries will be selected for the shortlist and made open to an online public vote on June 11. The top six vote-winners will be flown to London for the opening night of an exhibition of their work at the Saatchi Gallery, and the ultimate winner will be decided by a panel of art critics and artists, including Idris Khan, Martin Parr, Michael Hoppen, Susanna Brown, Tim Marlow and Mariella Frostrup.