iPhone photography is here to stay. Whether you like or not, advancing technology, coupled with the convenience, has made the iPhone (and other smartphones) relevant in the photography world. Sure, the technology still can’t compete with actual cameras (and yes, this movement is no doubt frustrating for photographers considering everyone these days is a said “photographer”), but remembering that the iPhone has only been around for about ten years at this point, it seems that it is moving quickly to that point.
And there is no better exhibition of this then the winning images from the 2018 iPhone Photography Awards.
The competition, which started in 2007, is the first and longest running iPhone photography competition and celebrates the very best photos from iPhone photographers from across the globe (and reinforces that age old adage: “the best camera is the one that’s with you.”)
The winners and finalist were selected from over thousands of images submitted from photographers from more than 140 countries around the world. The photographs were taken on all different iPhone models, from the iPhone X to the older iPhone 5.
The winners were selected by esteemed jury members in a multi-step process across the following categories: Abstract, Animals, Architecture, Children, Floral, Landscape, Lifestyle, Nature, News and Events, Panorama, People, Portrait, Series (3 images), Still Life, Sunset, Travel, Trees, Other.
The competition awarded a Grand Prize Winner Photographer of the Year Award, along with a first, second, and third place. A first, second, and third place winner was also selected across the 18 categories
“iPhone users have become very fluent in visual storytelling,” the founder of IPPAWARDS Kenan Aktulun, said about the 11th Annual photos, “This year’s photos were technically impressive and many of them were very personal.”
Photographer of the Year Grand Prize:
“Displaced” by Jashim Salam. Shot on iPhone 7.
Photographer of the Year 1st Place:
“Baiana in yellow and blue” by Alexandre Weber. Shot on iPhone 6s.
Photographer of the Year 2nd Place:
“Eye to eye” by Huapeng Zhao. Shot on iPhone 6.
Photographer of the Year 3rd Place:
“I want to play” by Zarni Myo Win. Shot on iPhone 7 Plus.
And some of the other winning photos (in no particular order):
You can find more information about the IPPAwards at the website here.
And all the photos are posted over at Fortune.
Cover Photo Caption: “Serenity” by Peng Ju Tang. 3rd Place – Nature. Shot on iPhone 7 Plus.