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
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.
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(cover photo credit: snap from IPPAWARDS)