Conscious that most submissions to the photography competition are taken on mobile phones, the Culture & Engagement team have pulled together some tips to help you get the most from your phone.

  • All photos on this page were taken with a mobile phone.
  • Some had filters applied using the camera app on the phone, others had filters applied in Instagram.

‌Get to know your camera

Many cameras have a panoramic mode which can be useful for capturing a very large scene. It's generally best hold this back for architecture or landscape photography. It's also best to avoid using the entire range of the panorama feature because the photos become too wide to display easily.

Get up close!


Most camera phones have a very short minimum focusing distance allowing you to get up close and personal with your subject. In this case it was flowers at Belgrove residence. The zoom feature on the phone should almost always be avoided, get up close and personal instead.

Look at textures

In addition to people and buildings, textures can make for an interesting subject. Above we have an old shipping container in Robuck and a tree stump near Oakmount.

See things in black and white

Highly textured subjects can often look better in black and white. This applies to people as well as trees....just don't tell anyone they're highly textured.

Change your perspective

Don't be afraid to move around and take pictures from a couple of angles. Getting down low or moving to the side can result in a completely different look to a photo. This is partiularly true when dealing with subjects like the tunnel above which has very dynamic lines.

Try some filters

In addition to the camera app on your phone, third-party applications like Instagram offer helpful filters. Be careful not to overdo it though! Filters should enhance the photo, not overwhelm it. The tilt-shift filter used in this photo from Richview helps accentuate the figures in the architectural model.