On 7 July 2016 the winners of the 2016 iPhone Photography Awards (IPPAWARDS) were announced.
The grand prize went to Siyuan Niu from China with his entry ‘Man and the Eagle’. Taken in his native province of Xinjiang the image captures one of the Khalka Mongols who have a long history of training eagles as companions and hunting tools. Siyuan wanted to capture the close relationship that forms between bird and owner.
“A mild heart and exquisite love are covered by his weather-beaten face,” says Siyuan describing the image, “He is a tough man with a tender heart.”
This is the 9th time the IPPA contest has been held with entrants taking part from 139 countries around the world including places as varied as Brazil, Italy, UAE, and the Philippines.
“It is truly amazing to have so many people from around the world share their experiences,” said IPPA Awards creator Kenan Aktulun, “ the beauty they see and their personal moments with us.”
First prize went to Patryk Kuleta from Poland, second and third place each went to American entrants; Robin Robertis from California, and Carolyn Mara Borlenghu from Florida. There were also winners for each of the other 18 categories: Abstract, Animals, Architecture, Children, Floral, Landscape, Lifestyle, Nature, News and Events, Panorama, People, Portrait, Series, Still Life, Sunset, Travel, Trees, Other. Each category winner (and we are not making this up) received the rather eclectic prize of a solid bar of gold from a private mint. The three overall photographers of the year will get a mystery prize that has yet to be revealed.
All the submissions were taken on an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. In an interesting twist, alteration on any desktop image processing program like Photoshop was disallowed but any IOS apps were allowed.
Smartphone shooting has come a long way towards being recognised as a legitimate form of photography, and being fully adopted by professionals alongside use of traditional cameras. Events like Apple’s ‘Shot On An iPhone’ campaign, to the multi-award winning film ‘Tangerine’ being shot completely on an iPhone are good benchmarks of acceptance, but it will be further involvement by people in activities like the IPPA Awards that may solidify it.
View the top winning photographers and the winning images at: www.ippawards.com
Cover Image: ‘Man and the Eagle’ /Siyuan Niu/IPPAWARDS
Images used with consent of IPPAWARDS