IPPA winner: Hiker traversing Perito Moreno glacier

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!

IPPA winner: Man walks in shadows

Photographer of the Year, 2nd place

By Jose Luis Barcia Fernandez of Madrid, Spain

IPPA winner: Snowy fox portrait

Animals, 1st place

By Michael O'Neal of San Francisco, California

IPPA winner: Stunning blue architecture

Architecture, 1st place

By Yilang Peng of Madison, Wisconsin

IPPA winner: Dappled window light falls on child

Children, 2nd place

By Olga Otchenasheva of Geneva, Switzerland

IPPA winner: Snowy cabin on shore

Travel, 1st place

By Adrienne Pitts of London, U.K.

IPPA winner: Asparagus

Food, 1st place

By Alexa Sedl of Washington, D.C.

IPPA winner: Child plugging ears in bath tub

Children, 3rd place

By Melisa Barilli of York, Ontario, Canada

IPPA winner: Geese and flowers

Animals, 2nd place

By Naomi Wu of New Taipei City, Taiwan

IPPA winner: Storm clouds over beach

Nature, 1st place

By Felicia Pandola of Providence, Rhode Island

IPPA winner: Tree branches

Trees, 1st place

By Aaron Pike of San Francisco, California

IPPA winner: Sunset

Sunsets, 1st place

By Little Su of New Taipei City, Taiwan

IPPA winner: Walking in the snow

Travel, 2nd place

By Jordan Fraser of Belfast, Ireland

IPPA winner: Rowers

Lifestyle, 1st place

By Brandon Kidwell of Jacksonville, Florida

IPPA winner: couple and dog

Landscapes, 2nd place

By Gwenn McGill of Portland, Oregon

IPPA winner: Black and white tree

Trees, 2nd place

By Cocu Liu of Chicago, Illinois

IPPA winner: Crescent moon

Landscapes, 1st place

By Elena Grimailo of Moscow, Russia

IPPA winner: Shoreline sunset

Sunsets, 2nd place

By Edward Adams of Pebworth, Warwickshire, U.K.

IPPA winner: Child walking through snow

Seasons, 3rd place

By Alexis Chartrand of Montreal, Quebec, Canada

IPPA winner: Boardwalk dock landscape

Landscapes, 3rd place

By Craig Harvey of Andover, Hampshire, U.K.

IPPA winner: Reflection puddle

Others, 2nd place

By Cocu Liu of Chicago, Illinois

IPPA winner: Firecrackers

News/Events, 2nd place

By Juana Chaves of Madrid, Spain

IPPA winner: Sky tram lines

Travel, 3rd place

By Sergey Korshunov of Moscow, Russia

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Catie Leary is a photo editor at Mother Nature Network. Follow her on Twitter and Google+.