Yahoo Mobile has begun offering free online photo albums for camera phone users as well as sponsoring a contest where you can win a camera phone (see below) and also designate $10,000 to go to your favorite charity.
The judges will base their decisions upon: "(a) degree to which the subject matter of the picture reflects known and recognized issues and problems in the USA as depicted by news articles, radio articles TV news coverage, and charitable organization communications;
"(b) degree to which the picture contains a variety of shapes, colors and contrasts that are consistent with the above criteria;
(c) degree to which the picture simply and clearly communicates the issue at hand e.g. lack of ambiguity, clarity of purpose. Each criteria will be evenly weighted."
The "Picture What Matters" contest is open to "amateur photographers" who are 18 years old or older in the United States who have a camera phone on AT&T Wireless, Cingular Wireless, Sprint PCS, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless. Each contestant may send a maximum of five photos.
Twenty semi-finalists will be chosen and then the public can vote on the best photo. The grand prize winner will be able to select a VGA (phooey!) camera phone retailing for less than $400 and the right to select a charity for a donation.
Ten runners-up receive a VGA camera phone. For both the grand prizer winner and the runners-up, the contestants may receive a check for $400 or less to be applied towards the cost of a phone.