It has been over 10 years since the world was introduced to the device that revolutionized mobile phones and shook up the photography industry. Since then, smartphone cameras, including Apple’s iPhone, have become so advanced that even professional photographers like Luisa Dörr, who shot the TIME FIRSTS covers last September with just her iPhone, have used them instead of a DSLR.
The iPhone Photography Awards or IPPAWARDS is the first and longest running iPhone photography competition. Since 2007, IPPAWARDS has been celebrating photographers who have used this technology and have proven that it isn’t just the equipment but the person who can take a great photo.
Over thousands of images were submitted in more than 140 countries around the world. Winners and finalists of these awards used a wide range of phone models such as the recent iPhone X to the older iPhone 5.
The Grand Prize Winner Photographer of the Year Award winner receives an iPad Pro, and the first, second, and third place winners each receive an Apple Watch Sport. The first place winners in each category are awarded a Gold Bar and the second and third winners each get a Palladium or Platinum Bar from a private gold mint.
The gallery above shows the Grand Prize Winner Photographer of the Year Award winners and winning photos in each of the 18 categories.
1 Jameh Mosque of Isfahan
“Jameh Mosque of Isfahan” by Kuang Long Zhang (China). Second Place – Architecture. “This one of the oldest mosques in Iran and is the result of continual construction, reconstruction, additions and renovations on the site from around 771 C.E. to the end of the 20th century.” Shot on iPhone 7.
“Icebergs” by Mateusz Piesiak (Poland). First Place – Panorama. “In summer the sun is above the horizon nearly all day where Vatnajökull glacier meets the Atlantic Ocean.” Shot on iPhone 6 Plus.
3 Eye to Eye
“Eye to Eye” by Huapeng Zhao (China). Photographer of the Year, Second Place. “I met this boy while walking at the seaside. When I was trying to take a picture of him, he put the fish he caught in front of his eye.” Shot on iPhone 6.
4 Sunset vibes
“Sunset vibes” by Ruslan Zabulonov (Ukraine). Third Place – Sunset. “Children are having fun in the fountain on a hot summer day.” Shot on iPhone 6.
“Salamah” by Scott Woodward (Singapore). First Place – Portrait. “Moken village elder, Salamah, wearing his handcarved wooden dive goggles on the beach at Au Bon Yai, a tiny island community of about 300 sea gypsies off the coast of Phang Nga, Thailand.” Shot on iPhone 6S.
“Rampage” by Massimo Graziani (Italy). First Place – Architecture. “A stair ramp from Rome in Via Allegri.” Shot on iPhone 7 Plus.
“‘Django' Old man baby dog” by Robin Robertis (United States). First Place – Animals. “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.” Shot on iPhone 7 Plus
“Diner” by Fiona Bailey (United Kingdom). First Place – Still Life. Shot on iPhone 7.
9 Morning Fog
“Morning Fog” by Sukru Mehmet Omur (France). First Place – Nature. Shot on iPhone 6S
10 Baiana in yellow and blue
“Baiana in yellow and blue” by Alexandre Weber (Switzerland). Photographer of the Year, First Place. “The picture was taken in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil, spontaneously, after a truck drove by. The woman with traditional clothes of a ‘baiana', was looking after the truck, during her work break.” Shot on iPhone 6S