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Orlando photo exhibit wants your cellphone photos

Submission deadline is Feb. 17; Show set for March 10

ORLANDO, Fla. – With the popularity of the cellphone, nearly everyone has a camera at their disposal. We're able to capture quick, quirky, spontaneous photos wherever we go.  And while they may not have the highest resolution,   apps such as Hipstamatic, Darkroom and CameraBag among others have fostered creativity in a utilitarian device.

In fact, a whole culture has sprung up around the art of cellphone camera photography.  Applications like Instagram allow users to share their latest shots with others creating a social networking environment.

An upcoming photo exhibit hopes to tap in to that energy, showcasing the artistic side of cellphone camera snap shots. Depixtions, as the show is being called, is looking for submissions from Central Florida photographers. Show organizer Cliff Manspeaker says the whole idea is to let enthusiasts meet and share their work. He hopes to move the sharing element from online to face-to-face interaction.

The judged contest is free to enter and Manspeaker says the contributions are starting to pick up.

"Whenever something gets submitted, I get so excited," he said, adding "it gives people an opportunity to be in a gallery show."

The only requirements are they must be taken with a cellphone , be square in size and formatted as a jpeg. Only one entry per person.

Images chosen for display at the gallery will be available for sale and all proceeds will go to the local charity New Hope for Kids.

The deadline for entry is February 17, 2012. The show is free and will be held Saturday, March 10 at the Orange Studio located on Mills Avenue.

Photos and information should be sent through www.depixtions.com