A picture is worth a thousand words, a way to tell a visual story and now that you can take increasingly high-quality photos with your mobile device without having to carry a bulky DSLR camera, it’s easier than ever before to experiment and get creative no matter where you are.
The iPhone Photography Awards (IPPAWARDS) platform recognizes these creative individuals and every year the bar is raised as the iPhone evolves and more specifically, the camera features and abilities to take truly beautiful high res images continue to advance and impress. This year the IPPAWARDS saw thousands of photographers from more than 140 countries enter in categories including Abstract, Animals, Architecture, Children, Floral, Landscape, Lifestyle, Nature, News-Events, Panorama, People, Portrait, Series, Still Life, Sunset, Travel, and Trees.
Australia’s very own Glenn Homann took first place in the Abstract category with his photo titled “Corrugations”. Glenn from Brisbane, said the following regarding his winning image taken on his iPhone X: “I was looking to take some photos in a rather cluttered, messy industrial space. As I became more frustrated at the lack of interesting images, my eye honed in on smaller details. A simple and striking black and white image of cardboard scraps resulted.” Having been shortlisted in previous years, one of Glenn’s current favourite iPhone features is the 2 x optical zoom on the iPhone X that gives a closer look to what the eye sees as it requires less cropping and editing.
The grand prize went to Jashim Salam of Bangladesh for his entry titled “Displaced” which is an image of Rohingya children watching an awareness film about health and sanitation near Tangkhali refugee camp in Ukhiya that he shot on his iPhone 7. The two runners-up include Alexandre Weber from Switzerland for his photo “Baiana in yellow and Blue” shot on his iPhone 6S and Huapeng Zhao from China for his image “Eye to Eye” shot on his iPhone 6.
Take a look at some more of the winning photos below: