Believe it or not, there is an award that recognizes and celebrates the best iPhone photography from photographers in over 140 countries across the globe.
The annual iPhone Photography Awards is now in its 10th year, and showcases the best photography captured in our ever-changing world. For 2017, Sebastiano Tomada took home the grand prize and title of Photographer of the Year. His dramatic image is called Children of Qayyarah, and it depicts the desolate Iraq town as two kids stand alone on its streets. In the background, smoke surges from oil wells that were set on fire by ISIS militants. It’s a heartbreaking and powerful portrait that reminds us that we can’t turn our backs on the people who are directly affected by the terrorist organization—no matter how far the threat may seem.
1 2nd Place, Other
Zarni Myo Win.
This photo was taken on 16 August 2016 of a young man walking on puddle after rain in Yangon city, Myanmar. His image and the buildings were mirrored on the water and I shot that moment. It had nice movement and the buildings were a beautiful color.
2 Grand Prize Winner, Photographer of the Year
By Sebastiano Tomada.
Children roam the streets in Qayyarah near the fire and smoke billowing from oil wells, set ablaze by ISIS militants.
3 1st Place, Architecture
By Paddy Chao.
This photo was taken when I was traveling in India. Chand Baori consists of 3,500 narrow steps over 13 storeys. It extends approximately 30 meters into the ground making it one of the deepest and largest stepwells in India. I marveled these elegant stepwells and shadows, I immediately took out my camera and captured this beautiful scene before it was gone.
4 1st Place, People
By Dina Alsfasi.
I shoot mostly street scenes and portraits, trying to capture intimate moments. Every day I get to work by train and bus. For two hours every day I’m in a place with different people. At first, to pass the time, I was just observing them and trying to guess where they’re going, what they are dealing with, or what their story may be. Along with this observation, I noticed intimate moments and so I started to take photos, and I was surprised with the result.
5 3rd Place, Photographer of the Year
By Kuanglong Zhang.
Udaipur is one of the most romantic cities in India. in the City palace, I snapped a moment of one of the staff gazing out of the window as if he saw the slowly historic course of the palace’s construction, which was as quite attractive moment.
6 1st Place, Trees
By Magali Chesnel.
Stormy winds have swept across Europe this winter, with Siberian temperatures transforming trees in wonderful icy show in Versoix, a little town close to Geneva, in Switzerland. After a conjunction of intense cold (-10 to -18 degrees Centigrade), with very strong winds, blowing at over 100 kmh, the waves from the Leman Lake got so harsh that they passed over the dikes and the droplets immediately froze everything they touched, including the trees. Braving the frozen ground, I took this photograph, early in the morning.
7 1st Place, Landscape
By Christian Horgan.
I captured this image in the Margaret River region of Western Australia. It’s my second home, and one of the most spectacular places on earth. This was taken on the coast at Wyadup Rocks, and is called Singing Rock. I was swimming there with family when I was drawn to it by the sound of it’s song as the wind whistled through it, and just had to capture this image.