From the selection of images featured below, it’s evident that you do not need an expensive camera to capture award-winning photography. Within the “Shot on iPhone Challenge,” photographers from across the globe shared their best photos captured on the popular smartphone.
The 10 selected winners are to be featured on billboards in select cities, in Apple retail stores and already online. The winning shots came from a range of models, including the iPhone XS, Max and iPhone 7, showcasing the quality of cameras across the line.
The winners came from countries including Singapore, Germany, Belarus, Israel and the US, with work capturing colourful city scenery, curious animals, creative reflections, the beauty of the ordinary and more.
The international panel of judges included Pete Souza, Austin Mann, Annet de Graaf, Luísa Dörr, Chen Man and Phil Schiller to name a few.
Be sure to scroll down to see all 10 photos along with insights from the judges on why they loved these shots.
Alex Jiang (US), iPhone XS Max
Annet de Graaf says: “The narrative in architecture. There is actually life behind the surface of an average apartment building in an unknown city. Vivid colours and perfect composition with the basketball board right in the middle! Great eye.”
Blake Marvin (US), iPhone XS Max
Phil Schiller says: “The stolen glance between this racoon/thief and photographer is priceless, we can imagine that it is saying ‘if you back away slowly no one has to get hurt.'”
Darren Soh (Singapore), iPhone XS Max
Phil Schiller says: “ You are compelled to think about where and how this photo was taken, the bird flying in the corner provides the single sign of life in an otherwise surreal composition.”
Nikita Yarosh (Belarus), iPhone 7
Austin Mann says: “I love how accessible this image is: You don’t have to travel to Iceland to capture something beautiful, it’s right under your nose. The way the lines intersect, the vibrant colour, the sense of old and new … this is just a great image.”
Dina Alfasi (Israel), iPhone X
Sebastien Marineau-Mes says: “Love how the heart-shaped water puddle frames the subject, capturing a glimpse of the world as the subject hurriedly walks past.”
Elizabeth Scarrott (US), iPhone 8 Plus
Brooks Kraft says: “A portrait that captures the wonderment of childhood in a beautiful setting. Great composition that shows both the personality of the child and the experience in the surroundings.”
Andrew Griswold (US), iPhone XS
Jon McCormack says: “This image is very well thought through and executed. The background pattern holds the image together, and the repeated smaller versions of that pattern in the water droplets create a lot of visual interest.”
Bernard Antolin (US), iPhone XS Max
Kaiann Drance says: “Looks like a simple scene but a good choice of using black and white to elevate it with a different mood. Helps to bring out the dramatic contrast in the clouds and the surrounding landscape.”
Lie Adi Darmawan (US), iPhone XS
Luísa Dörr says: “There’s something about it that belongs to the realms of the subconscious mind, and this is mainly what appeals me with this picture; the part that I’m not able to explain.”
Robert Glaser (Germany), iPhone 7
Kaiann Drance says: “Gorgeous dynamic range. There’s detail throughout the photo in the meadow, trees, and clouds. Beautiful deep sky and pleasing colour overall.”