The Top 20 iPhone Photos of 2016– Uniquely Stunning Images

by Bret Hoy1 Comment

We’ve long since passed the days where someone can truly criticize iPhone and Smartphone photography. Smartphone camera quality has skyrocketed over the past few years and have pretty much manufactured a look in their own right.

We can argue what you miss out on while shooting with a smartphone but the merits are real, and they’re showing a new generation of shooters that composition trumps any technical aspects we could throw around.

2016 marked the 9th Annual iPhone Photography Awards, and the winners this year have just proven how legitimate of a tool the iPhone’s camera truly is. They’ve compiled the top twenty iPhone photos submitted to their contest in 2016, and they’re all uniquely stunning.

One thing that’s so unique about iPhone captured imagery is that it always feels so immediate. Much like great photojournalism. Check out these photos and remember that the tool isn’t what makes the photo.

Congratulations to the 2016 iPhone Photography Award Winners


The iPhone Photography Awards (IPPAWARDS) is proud to announce the winners of the 9th Annual Awards. This year’s winners were selected from thousands of entries submitted by iPhone photographers from 139 countries around the world.


The Grand Prize Winner Photographer of the Year Award goes to Siyuan Niu of China for his entry The Man and the Eagle. First, Second and Third Place Photographers of the Year Awards go to Patryk Kuleta of Poland for his image from his series the Modern Cathedrals, Robin Robertis of the United States for her entry titled She Bends with the Wind and Carolyn Mara Borlenghi of the United States from her series Wonderland.

The 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in 19 categories were awarded to photographers who represented countries around the world including Australia, Brazil, China, Chile, France, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States.

2016 Winning Photographs

Siyuan Niu Xinjiang, China Grand Prize Winner, Photographer of the Year

Siyuan Niu
Xinjiang, China
Grand Prize Winner, Photographer of the Year
(Click Image to View Full Size)

Man and the Eagle
“The brave and wise Khalkhas live along the mountains in the south of Xinjiang and are companions with the eagles. They regard eagles as their children and train them for many years to hunt. This 70 year old man is rigid and solemn in front of family and friends, but when he is with his beloved eagle, the corner of his mouth would curve up. When the eagles reach mating age, although he is very reluctant, the man releases the eagles back into nature so that they can thrive. A mild heart and exquisite love are covered by his weather-beaten face. He is a tough man with a tender heart.”

See the list of the 2016 Winning Photographs.

Note: it is our policy to give credit as well as deserved traffic to our news sources – so we don't repost the entire article – sorry, I know you want the juicy bits, but I feel it is only fair that their site get the traffic and besides, you just might make a new friend and find an advertiser that has something you've never seen before

(cover photo credit: snap from IPPAWARDS)

Bret Hoy

Bret Hoy

Bret Hoy is a filmmaker, photographer and writer based out of St. Louis, Missouri. Mainly focused on documentary and experimental film, he has produced, directed, shot and edited many short films and a few long form works.

He shoots a lot and often.
Bret Hoy


Leave a Comment