Huawei starts the world’s first photography competition judged by AI

Jul 17, 2018

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

Huawei starts the world’s first photography competition judged by AI

Jul 17, 2018

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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Can artificial intelligence tell how good your photos are? Well, in its “Spark the Renaissance” photography competition, Huawei is about to use AI to rate your images, with a little help from a real photographer.

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According to Huawei’s press release, this competition will “spark a renaissance in photography.” CMO Huawei Western Europe, Andrew Garrihy, explains that the company has trained the AI in the Huawei P20 Pro to understand what makes an amazing photo. He says that this innovation will help the company to “identify emerging creative talent across Europe and showcase their photography potential to others.” But other than the artificial intelligence, a Leica photographer Alex Lambrechts will also judge the images.

There will be five themes over the course of the competition, and the photos you submit will be judged by Huawei P20 Pro’s AI. The company writes that it was trained on 4 million images taken by professional photographers and picture editors. So, the AI should give each photo a personalized score based on focus, jitter, deflection, color, and composition.

Although this may be the first photography competition judged by AI, it’s not the first time that AI determines the quality of photos. We’ve seen it applied, for example, on Everypixel (although it sometimes gives rather illogical results). And while AI is certainly more and more applicable in photography, we’ve seen some pretty ridiculous mistakes so far.

In case you want to join, “Spark the Renaissance” competition is open to the public from 12 July. It will run for eight weeks and you can submit your photos here.

[via Photography Blog; lead image: Kārlis Dambrāns]

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Dunja Djudjic

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Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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3 responses to “Huawei starts the world’s first photography competition judged by AI”

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    Apostol Iulian Andrei

    Any word on some official rules? As it is not stated anywhere what kind of camera you can use or if you can manipulate the picture in post-processing.

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        Apostol Iulian Andrei

        Thank you very much! Been struggling to find that.