Would you believe these award-winning photographs were captured with an iPhone?
Mon, Jun 16, 2014 at 09:00 AM
All photos courtesy IPPA
Cellphone photography has made great strides since its inception in the early 2000s. We're no longer tied to dark rooms, expensive technical gear or cheap disposable cameras to capture our favorite Kodak moments.
The 7th annual iPhone Photography Awards — the first and longest-running competition of its kind — has been celebrating the art of "iPhoneography" ever since the first iPhone came out in 2007. For photos to be eligible, they must be taken with an iPhone, iPad or iPod, and they can only be edited using Apple store apps — no Photoshop allowed!
This year, the first-place award for Photographer of the Year goes to Julio Lucas of Bradenton, Florida, for his jaw-dropping shot of a lone hiker traversing the Perito Moreno Glacier at Los Glaciares National Park in Argentina's Patagonia region (above).
Lucas explains the importance of the iPhone in relation to his larger work as a visual storyteller:
I enjoy taking photos with my iPhone due its portability and ease of use while on the move. iPhones naturally tend to saturate colors in the captured image. Which depending on the environmental lighting, the saturation of colors normally allows for a bold beautiful image. I generally try to stay away from using filters in my iPhone pictures. I want my photos to take on a more traditional form and grant the capture moment to tell the story rather then a manipulation of the moment by use of too many filters."
In addition to the overall Photographer of the Year category, there are 17 other categories, including Animals, Travel, Nature, News/Events, Children, Landscapes and more. Continue below for a selection of these winning images, or head on over to IPPA's website learn how you can submit your own work for the 2015 competition!
Photographer of the Year, 2nd place
By Jose Luis Barcia Fernandez of Madrid, Spain
Animals, 1st place
By Michael O'Neal of San Francisco, California
Architecture, 1st place
By Yilang Peng of Madison, Wisconsin
Children, 2nd place
By Olga Otchenasheva of Geneva, Switzerland
Travel, 1st place
By Adrienne Pitts of London, U.K.
Food, 1st place
By Alexa Sedl of Washington, D.C.
Children, 3rd place
By Melisa Barilli of York, Ontario, Canada
Animals, 2nd place
By Naomi Wu of New Taipei City, Taiwan
Nature, 1st place
By Felicia Pandola of Providence, Rhode Island
Trees, 1st place
By Aaron Pike of San Francisco, California
Sunsets, 1st place
By Little Su of New Taipei City, Taiwan
Travel, 2nd place
By Jordan Fraser of Belfast, Ireland
Lifestyle, 1st place
By Brandon Kidwell of Jacksonville, Florida
Landscapes, 2nd place
By Gwenn McGill of Portland, Oregon
Trees, 2nd place
By Cocu Liu of Chicago, Illinois
Landscapes, 1st place
By Elena Grimailo of Moscow, Russia
Sunsets, 2nd place
By Edward Adams of Pebworth, Warwickshire, U.K.
Seasons, 3rd place
By Alexis Chartrand of Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Landscapes, 3rd place
By Craig Harvey of Andover, Hampshire, U.K.
Others, 2nd place
By Cocu Liu of Chicago, Illinois
News/Events, 2nd place
By Juana Chaves of Madrid, Spain
Travel, 3rd place
By Sergey Korshunov of Moscow, Russia
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