A Horse in the Forest at Dawn by Todd Lee was selected as Founders Choice in the Mobile Photography Awards last year.

The submission period for the annual Mobile Photography Awards is now open, and this year a photographer of the year will be chosen and awarded a $3,000 top prize.

“The MPAs are modeled after traditional photo competitions in that we have multiple categories, notable judges and the goal of bringing attention to the artists and the medium,” said awards founder Daniel Berman.

Participants may submit their work for consideration in 20 different categories. Four special categories are open this year, including a Connect with DPReview category.

This year’s categories are focused less on apps and more on subjects, Berman explained.

“The other big addition is the inaugural ArtHaus Photo Essay,” Berman said. “We want to encourage mobile photographers to think thematically and work on generating a coherence to a particular set of photos.”

The best photo essay in this category will receive a $500 award.

Mobile photographers are encouraged to submit their entries at www.mobilephotoawards.com. The submissions period ends on Dec. 15.

You can view a slideshow of the 2011 winners on the MPA website.