Wed. Jan 29th, 2020

Apple will pay 5 iPhone users for their best Night Mode photos (AAPL)

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Apple will pay 5 iPhone users for their best Night Mode photos (AAPL)

Thanks to Apple’s newest photography contest, you could make money just by using your iPhone. 

The company is hosting a contest to highlight the best Night Mode photos taken on iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Maxes. The contest starts today, and photos must be submitted by January 29. Submissions can be shared on Instagram or Twitter, using the hashtags “#ShotoniPhone” and “#NightmodeChallenge,” or on Weibo. Photographers should include which iPhone they used to take the photo in the caption. Photos can also be submitted through email to preserve quality, Apple said. 

Apple says it “believes strongly that artists should be compensated for their work and will pay a licensing fee to the five winning photographers,” although it did not specify how much photographers would be compensated.

Night mode was introduced on the iPhones announced in September — the iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max. The mode, which enhances photo quality in low light conditions, kicks in automatically. 

Photo submissions can be unedited or edited in the Photos app, but Apple isn’t limiting users to those. Photos edited in third-party apps can also be submitted. 

The company recruited some high-profile judges to select the five winning photos, which will be revealed on March 4. They include Jon McCormack, whose work has appeared in TIME and UNESCO, Malin Fezehai, who has photographed for the New York Times, and famous Apple exec Phil Schiller, among other judges.

The chosen photos will be featured on Apple’s website and its Instagram account, and potentially used in digital campaigns and Apple stores.

More information is available here.

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