award-winning iPhone photos

photos courtesy of iPhone Photography Awards

Above: 1st Place – Panorama, Icebergs by Mateusz Piesiak of Poland. Shot on iPhone 6 Plus in Iceland. “In summer the sun is above the horizon nearly all day where Vatnajökull glacier meets the Atlantic Ocean.”

Taking photos has long been one of the main selling features of the iPhone. Originally it became a tool for enthusiastic amateurs who populated social networks with artful snapshots. As the technology of this single devise has become more sophisticated, even professional photographers have taken notice.

Top, left: 1st Place – Trees, Road of Tuscany by Lidia Muntean of Romania. Shot on iPhone 7 Plus in Val D’Orcia. “This photo was taken near Pienza and Montalcino.” Top, right1st Place – Animals, Django” Old man baby dog by Robin Robertis of the United States. Shot on iPhone 7 Plus in Carlsbad, California.“Django is a Shaolin Temple Terrier, born and raised in a Buddhist monastery in the northern province of Hunan China. Django likes long walks on the beach and listening to Miles Davis.” Bottom3rd Place – Panorama, Sunrise in Monument Valley by Clifford Pickett of the United States.Shot on iPhone 7 Plus in Oljato-Monument Valley, Utah. “This image was taken during a month long road trip throughout the American West, part of a project shooting with iPhone. Having spent much time on the road, I wanted to capture that feeling of wide-openness on the road that I experience so often.”

No matter the type of equipment, photography is art. Composition, lighting and understanding a subject are things that will always remain. It is a reminder that the person behind the lens plays a significant part in the making of a picture.

To pay tribute to the stunning imagery that can be captured with even the smallest of cameras, the iPhone Photography Awards (IPPA) were established in 2007. The image categories include; Abstract, Animals, Architecture, Children, Floral, Landscape, Lifestyle, Nature, News and Events, Panorama, People, Portrait, Series (3 images), Still-Life, Sunset, Travel, Trees and Other.

Top1st Place – News/Events, Iftar Amongst the Ruins by Mohammed Badra of Syria. Shot on iPhone 7 in Douma, Syria. “During a lull in the bombings, Syrians gather, seated on a long 1200-meter row of tables set up amongst the ruins of Douma, for a public Iftar, the evening meal at the end of the daily Ramadan fast. Bottom, left: 1st Place — Sunset, Dandelion sunset by Sara Ronkainen of Finland. Shot on iPhone 5s in Jyväskylä, Finland. “In central Finland, where summer days are long and sunsets beautiful. I was out walking by a lake one evening, and saw dandelions floating in the breeze. Feeling inspired, I picked one, held it up and used it as a filter through which to capture the last rays of the day’s sun.” Bottom, right: 2nd Place — Still Life, Half and Half by Song Han of China. Shot on iPhone 7 Plus in Akureyri, Iceland. “In Akureyri, Iceland, the sun shines on the balcony, creating a triangle of light separated from the darkness.”

The 2018 winners were selected from thousands of entries submitted by iPhone or iPad photographers from over 140 countries around the world.The photos have not be altered in any desktop image processing program. We have included some of our favorites.

Above2nd Place — Landscape, At Sycamore Gap by Asuman Robson of Turkey. Shot on iPhone 7 in Northumberland, United Kingdom. “Taken on a hike along Hadrian’s Wall in the North East of England. It was a typical moody day and I liked how the tree and hikers looked in front of the clouds in this dramatic dip of the Roman wall.”

If you’d like to participate in next year’s competition, the deadline is March 31, 2019. For detailed information and requirements, visit https://www.ippawards.com/the-competition/