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15 Amazing Winners From the


2017 iPhone Photography Awards
By Sara Barnes on June 28, 2017

Grand Prize Winner, Photographer of the Year


Photo: Sebastiano Tomada
Children of Qayyarah
Children roam the streets in Qayyarah near the re and smoke billowing from oil wells, set
ablaze by ISIS militants.

A
decade ago,you wouldnt imagine snapping agreat picture on a cell phone. But
with the advent of the iPhone and increasingly rened smartphone technology,
photography on a mobile device is becoming the standard for many creatives.
Breathtaking landscapes, emotional scenes, and intricately detailed images are now capable
with the stellar lenses. The annual iPhone Photography Awards recognizes and celebrates
the best iPhone photography from folks in over 140 countries across the globe.

Now in its 10th year, the contest documents 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 re by ISIS
militants. Its a heartbreaking and powerful portrait that reminds us that we cant turn our
backs on the people who are directly affected by the terrorist organizationno matter how far
the threat may seem.

Check out other winners from IPP Awards below. If you want to enter your own work, youve
got until March 2018 to submit your best iPhone photography.

The annualIPP Awards celebrates the best


iPhone photography. See some of the incredible
winners of the 2017 competition and learn the
stories behind their images.

1st Place, Photographer of the Year


Photo: Branda O Se
Dock Worker
I shot this photo on an early morning photo walk around the docks in Jakarta in April 2016.
These were the hands of a dock worker who was taking a break. I was struck by the texture
created by the accumulated dirt on his hands.

2nd Place, Photographer of the Year


Photo: Yeow-Kwang Yeo
The Performer
Chinese traditional street opera is part of the Chinese culture. Unfortunately, the young
generation in Singapore is no longer interested. Hence the street opera is fast disappearing.
Instead of shooting their performance, I decided to go the back of the stage to capture the
performers preparation activity. I spotted this experience performer who is taking a short
rest and was waiting for his turn to perform. I was attracted by the lighting of the old plastic
curtain, electric fan, and the overall calm atmosphere.

3rd Place, Photographer of the Year


Photo: Kuanglong Zhang
The City Palace
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
palaces construction, which was as quite attractive moment.
1st Place, People
Photo: 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 Im in a place with different people. At
rst, to pass the time, I was just observing them and trying to guess where theyre 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.

1st Place, Trees


Photo: 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.

1st Place, Landscape


Photo: Christian Horgan
Singing Rock
I captured this image in the Margaret River region of Western Australia. Its 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 its song as the wind whistled through it, and just had to capture this image.

2nd Place, Floral


Photo: Smetanina Julia
This photo was taken when I was preparing for a lecture on composition in a still-life. This
was one of the classes on mobile photography which I conducted last year.

1st Place, Nature


Photo: Aaron Sandberg
I took this photo in late June of 2016 while in Sigtuna, Sweden. I used my old iPhone 6s
(native camera) then did some light post-processing with Snapseed, Photoshop Fix, and
VSCO. This photo didnt need too much editing at all unlike some of my othersnature did
most of the work here. This was the best shot out of maybe a dozen or so captures.

1st Place, Travel


Photo: Jen Pollack Bianco
Snow + Fishing Cottages = Win
I shot this image on a bridge in Norways Lofoten Islands overlooking Reinefjord towards
Olstinden. The red cabins are traditional shing cottages. I try to push myself outside of my
comfort zone photographically a few times a year, and this year I headed to the arctic in
February. I took this shot just after sunrise during a snowstorm. The colors changed every few
minutes, and the snowfall was heavy at times changing the moody dramatically from minute
to minute. It was a classic wait for the light situation. It was amazingly atmospheric and
beautiful, but very cold and windy. I shot this image using the native camera app on my
iPhone 7 plus. The light was beautiful and I and used a touch of the Instagram Clarendon
lter, which punched up the blue in the water. Ive always been a fan of sunsets but
photographing sunrise can be just as magical.

3rd Place, Children


Photo: Barry Mayes

1st Place, Architecture


Photo: 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.

2nd Place, Animals


Photo: Dongrui Yu
The Swan in the Pond
This photo was taken on a cloudy morning by a pond. I liked the reection in the water which
was dark and smooth because of the cloudy sky.

1st Place, Abstract


Photo: Christopher Armstrong
Ive always sought to connect to the viewer though notions of beauty and the sublime and
this has continued to shape my image making. I am striving to capture the luminous tones of
light, ones that glow and transport. I hope to touch the viewer with simply beauty but also to
connect to the history of art making as I reference and am inspired by other practitioners.

2nd Place, Other


Photo: 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.

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