Huawei has launched the world's first photography contest with both AI and human judges. The company invites photographers to submit their best images to its 'Spark A Renaissance' competition, during which time both Huawei's P20 Pro smartphone AI and Leica pro photographer Alex Lambrechts will review the images.

The contest revolves around the P20 Pro, Huawei's smartphone co-engineered with Leica. The handset features a triple-camera system and Huawei's Master AI, which works in real-time to determine which of 19 categories any particular scene belongs to, automatically adjusting the settings in an effort to produce the ideal image.

The contest began on July 12 and will run for 8 weeks. During this time, photographers can submit their images via a Facebook Messenger chatbot, where Huawei explains that its P20 AI will evaluate it in multiple ways:

Trained using 4,000,000 images taken by professional photographers and picture editors the AI will then give each photo a personalised AI score based on parameters such as focus, jitter, deflection, colour and composition.

Huawei's competition will revolve around five themes total, including "Deep in Detail" and "A New Renaissance," with the winner in each category receiving a P20 Pro smartphone. A total of 10 winners from the themed categories will be given a trip to Florence, Italy, where they'll attend a Leica masterclass.

Both Leica photographer Alex Lambrechts and Huawei's AI will review the images taken during the Florence trip. The final winner chosen from them will receive the Grand Prize, a tour of three European countries. As well, Huawei says the top photos from the contest "will be sold to raise money for a local charity."

Huawei is currently accepting entries for the contest's first theme: A New Renaissance. The next theme, After Dark, starts on July 24, followed by three more with the final theme starting on August 28. All five themes can be found here.

Photographers must submit their images to the Huawei Spark A Renaissance Facebook Messenger chatbot, which guides users through the submission process:

Deadlines, eligibility requirements, and more can be found in the contest's Terms and Conditions. The contest is only open to legal residents in Europe.

Via: Light Stalking