For decades Four Colman Getty has been known for our work on prizes, but this month we announced the winner of the first art prize to be entered exclusively through an app.

ArteVue is the first dedicated social sharing platform for art and one of the fastest growing art apps worldwide. Its purpose is to make art more accessible, by improving discovery and connecting artists, curators, collectors and gallery goers. The inaugural ArtePrize does just that. A new, global award for emerging artists aged 18-30, it allows brilliant young artists to have their work discovered and shared.

Participating artists who uploaded their work hailed from all over the world, with more than 650 applicants vying for the $15,000 cash prize and lucrative residency at Delfina Foundation in London. Four finalists, from Australia, Germany, India and Poland, travelled to the UK to exhibit their work at Delfina Foundation a fortnight ago, and 27 year old Polish artist Zuza Golińska was announced as the winner at the private view.

Our news of the announcement was picked up by key art media including a-n, Apollo, Art Review, ArtNet and Frieze. Golińska’s laser installation, Dead End, was chosen by the judges for its immersive qualities and relatability. The artist described it as a project about the borders and structures that people experience, about paths that will eventually cross and those that will remain parallel.

In an era when social media is opening up new possibilities, ArteVue is set to make the art world much more accessible for the discovery, curation and purchase of art. We’ve found the ‘gallery’ function has already changed the way we collect pictures of the art we love – and the automatic feed into Instagram makes it a first choice for photographing new discoveries. Try it for yourself by visiting the app store if you’re on iOS – Android support is coming later in the year.