These are The Winning Images From This Year's iPhone Photography Awards

IMAGE Alexandre Weber

Before you begin to fancy yourself a photographer with nothing but your iPhone, see how these images will stack up next to your feed-fillers. The iPhone Photography Awards, which have been around since 2007 (so pretty much since the iPhone itself), just announced its winners for 2018. After sifting through thousands of entries from over 100 countries, they narrowed it down to a few select snaps. Here are some of the winning images that prove that truly excellent photography isn't just about the equipment.

Grand Prize Winner, Photographer of the Year. “Rohingya children watching an awareness film about health and sanitation near Tangkhali refugee camp in Ukhiya.” IMAGE: Jashim Salam

1st Place, Photographer of the Year. “The picture was taken in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil, spontaneously, after a truck drove by. The woman with traditional clothes of a “baiana”, was looking after the truck, during her work break.” IMAGE: Alexandre Weber

2nd Place, Photographer of the Year. “I met this boy while walking at the seaside. When I was trying to take a picture of him, he put the fish he caught in front of his eye.“ IMAGE: Huapeng Zhao

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1st Place, Abstract. “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.” IMAGE: Glenn Homann

1st Place, Animals. “Django is a Shaolin Temple Terrier, born and raised in a Buddhist monastery in the northern province of Hunan China. Django likes long walks on the beach and listening to Miles Davis.” IMAGE: Robin Robertis

You can check out the full list of winners at the iPhone Photography Awards' official website.

This year's Grand Prize Winner is Jashim Salam, a documentary photographer who graduated from the South Asian institute of Photography and Media Academy with a Post Graduate Diploma in Visual Journalism. And because we always love it when there's a Filipino connection: you'd be proud to note that Salam was part of a scholarship program of the World Press Photo at the Konrad Adenauer Asian Center for Journalism (ACFJ) at Ateneo De Manila University in the Philippines.


The IPP Awards have also opened next year's installment of the competition, calling for entries across 18 categories: Abstract, Animals, Architecture, Children, Floral, Landscape, Lifestyle, Nature, News and Events, Panorama, People, Portrait, Series (three images), Still Life, Sunset, Travel, Trees, Other. The mechanics are as follows:

Entries are open worldwide to photographers using an iPhone or iPad. Photos should not be published previously anywhere. The posts on personal accounts (Facebook, Instagram etc.) are eligible. The photos should not be altered in any desktop image processing program such as Photoshop. It is OK to use any IOS apps.

The use of any iPhone is permissible. iPhone add-on lenses can be used. In some cases we may ask the original image to verify that it’s taken with an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. The photos that can not be verified are disqualified.

The submissions must be in the original size or not smaller than 1000 pixels in either height or width.

If you think you have what it takes, head on over to the IPP Awards' official website for more information.

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