A common misconception about millennials is that they are vacuous, lazy, entitled—and totally engrossed with themselves. There’s nothing more commonly presented as evidence of this than the phenomenon of the selfie. After all, what could be more narcissistic than spending hours taking photos of yourself to share on social media and to show everyone how great you are?
Except perhaps there’s more to selfies than meets the eye. The Saatchi Gallery certainly thinks so, and has been running the #SaatchiSelfie competition in association with Huawei since January 23, receiving thousands of entries from around the world in the search to find the most inspired and creative selfies as part of its upcoming From Selfie to Self-Expression exhibition. Some of the entries are breathtaking, with visual cues taken from everything from film noir to haute-couture catwalks to Surrealist photography. The team of judges, announced today, is similarly impressive, boasting artists Tracey Emin, Idris Khan, Juergen Teller and Juno Calypso and Saatchi Gallery CEO Nigel Hurst.
So if you think that, actually, there’s great creativity and self-expression to be channelled through the humble selfie, grab your cameraphone and get snapping—time’s running out. The competition closes on March 12, with a shortlist of 10 being exhibited at the gallery and winning a new Huawei P10 smartphone; the overall winner will be announced on March 30.
See below for some of the best entries to the competition. Left: Torn by Sarah Carpenter (United Kingdom)
-30 by Torunn Acking (Sweden)
Broken Mirror by Ralf Waldhart (Austria)
Brick by Golz Marga (Germany)
Black Balloon by Tadao Cern (Lithuania)
Popcorn by Laia Soler Gàlvez (Spain)
VW Bulli Selfie by Tamara Berger-Feichter (Austria)