These award-winning photographs were taken with an iPhone

Nowadays, everyone has a mobile phone. With smartphone technology improving every year comes access to high-quality point-and-shoot cameras in everyone's hands. 

The cameras on our smartphones have come a long way and are now considered one of the number one resources in capturing unexpected photos and moments.

Since 2007, IPPAWARDS has been celebrating the creativity and stories of iPhone photographers. Since then, IPPAWARDS has selected the best of the best in different categories. The 2016 winners were recently announced. 

Here are a few examples of the incredible photography and the people behind the iPhone.

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

Siyuan Niu

Xinjiang, China
Grand Prize Winner, Photographer of the Year

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.”

Robin Robertis Carlsbad CA, United States 2nd Place, Photographer of the Year She Bends with the Wind “I was on a iPhone workshop and reunion with a friend and teacher in Cape Cod. We all went out to photograph the the perfect sunset. I tend to bring a few things when I travel, one being this wonderful red umbrella. When others shoot the sunsets and beautiful scenery, I like to photograph some human aspects in these scenes.”

Robin Robertis

Carlsbad CA, United States
2nd Place, Photographer of the Year

She Bends with the Wind

“I was on a iPhone workshop and reunion with a friend and teacher in Cape Cod. We all went out to photograph the the perfect sunset. I tend to bring a few things when I travel, one being this wonderful red umbrella. When others shoot the sunsets and beautiful scenery, I like to photograph some human aspects in these scenes.”

Carolyn Mara Borlenghi Coral Gables FL, United States 3rd Place, Photographer of the Year Wonderland “This image was taken as part of a series I did for instagram’s #WHPwonderland. Each weekend when the hashtag project comes out I try to come up with an idea and this particular weekend, the weekend before Christmas, was wonderland. For this one I went on a little adventure with my son to the beach and we wore the reindeer masks."

Carolyn Mara Borlenghi

Coral Gables FL, United States
3rd Place, Photographer of the Year

Wonderland

“This image was taken as part of a series I did for instagram’s #WHPwonderland. Each weekend when the hashtag project comes out I try to come up with an idea and this particular weekend, the weekend before Christmas, was wonderland. For this one I went on a little adventure with my son to the beach and we wore the reindeer masks."

Erica Wu San Francisco CA, United States - 1st Place – Animals

Erica Wu

San Francisco CA, United States - 1st Place – Animals

Victor Kintanar Cebu City, Philippines - 1st Place – Trees

Victor Kintanar

Cebu City, Philippines - 1st Place – Trees

Elaine Taylor Leeds, United Kingdom - 1st Place – Portrait

Elaine Taylor

Leeds, United Kingdom - 1st Place – Portrait

Glenn Homann Ipswich, Australia - 1st Place – Panorama

Glenn Homann

Ipswich, Australia - 1st Place – Panorama

Vasco Galhardo Simoes Lisbon, Portugal - 1st Place – Landscape

Vasco Galhardo Simoes

Lisbon, Portugal - 1st Place – Landscape

Loulou d’Aki Säter, Sweden - 1st Place – News/Events

Loulou d’Aki

Säter, Sweden - 1st Place – News/Events

Hernan Ramos Santiago, Chile - 2nd Place – News/Events

Hernan Ramos

Santiago, Chile - 2nd Place – News/Events

K K Changsha, China - 1st Place – Children

K K

Changsha, China - 1st Place – Children

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