We’ve all seen the “shot on iPhone” billboards littered
throughout major cities that depict unrealistically good
photographs that were allegedly taken on the same iPhone cameras us
average folk use to take mediocre selfies and pictures of our dogs
with. But did you know that there really is an award dedicated to
the best iPhone photographs out there? Now that mobile phone
cameras are comparable to even the best DSLR alternatives on the
market, the shots are getting even more impressive.
The awards are split into a variety of different categories, but
only a couple of the categories have been published to the official
awards website for 2019. The iPhone Photography Awards (or the
iPPAwards for short) offers two main categories for its 2019
winners: Best Photographers, and Best Photographs. Other categories
are things like events, news, animals, children, landscapes, and
History of the iPhone Photography Awards
The iPhone Photography Awards were started in 2008 as a way to
recognize stunning photographs that were taken on mobile phones.
The award is open to anyone with photos to submit that were taken
on an iPhone or iPad. Users can upload any amount of photos they
want to submit for consideration, but must be able to prove that
the photos were taken on an iPhone or iPad. Winners must also,
however, be able to prove that the photos have not been previously
published elsewhere (though having posted them to personal social
media accounts is ok). Today, as many as 18 categories make up the
various awards that can be won for iPhone photography, and some of
the original winners had photos that were simply pictures of food
(with no filter, of course).
Right now, the iPPAwards is accepting entries for the 13th
Annual iPhone Photography Awards that will be announced in 2020.
Entrants can submit photos through the website, which lists a step
by step description of how to enter the free competition.
“IPPAWARDS has been celebrating the creativity of the iPhone
users since the first iPhone has inspired, excited and engaged the
users worldwide. Since then every year, IPPAWARDS has selected the
best shots among thousands of images submitted by iPhone
photographers from 140+ countries around the world,” reads the website.
What sets these photos apart from those you see on the Apple
billboards is that they’re often focused on capturing cultures
around the world and different nuances that make up evocative
photography, rather than objectively stunning photos that work well
as advertisements. Together, the photos create a collage of
different cultures and forms of beauty—from architecture, to
people, to traditions like the Chinese New Year. The curation of
the images strings together different stories from around the world
to capture the year in photos. Below are a couple of the winners of
the 2019 competition.
2019 Top 3 Winners
Gabriella Cigliano– Grand Prize
Diogo Lage – 1st Place
Yuliya Ibraeva– 2nd Place
Peng Hao – 3rd Place
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