Apple has announced the winning images from its ‘Shot on an iPhone’ initiative and have revealed the ten photos that will now take pride of place on billboards in cities around the world, along with featuring in Apple stores and online, too.
The top 10 winners came from a range of countries including Singapore, Germany, Belarus, Israel and the US, and were taken using models ranging from the iPhone 7 to the iPhone XS Max. The winning images were selected by an international judging panel including Austin Mann, Annet de Graaf, Luísa Dörr, Chen Man and Pete Souza.
Alex Jiang from the US, captured this colourful image on an iPhone XS Max and judge Chen Man commented: “This is a photo filled with lovely colour and sense of story in the composition. Zooming in, you can see details of each family and their unique touch. The basketball hoop is placed right in the middle of the photo, adding more stories behind the image.”
Blake Marvin, also from the US, captured this epic wildlife image on an iPhone XS Max and judge Phil Schiller said: “The stolen glance between this raccoon/thief and photographer is priceless, we can imagine that it is saying ‘if you back away slowly no one has to get hurt.’ A nice use of black and white, the focus on the raccoon and the inside of the hollow log provides an organic movement frozen in time.”
Darren Soh from Singapore shot this abstract frame on an iPhone XS Max, which drew praise from judge Chen Man; “Distortion and reflection at a strange angle — this photo creates a fantastic feeling.”
Belarus-based photographer Nikita Yarosh used an iPhone 7 to capture this super saturated frame.
Dina Alfasi from Israel used an iPhone X to find this unique composition and judge Sebastien Marineau-Mes commented: “Love how the heart shaped water puddle frames the subject, capturing a glimpse of the world as the subject hurriedly walks past.”
Elizabeth Scarrott from the US used her iPhone 8 Plus to capture this amazing portrait that drew judge Pete Souza to say: “Nice portrait and use of background to provide context. The placement of the child’s face is in an optimal place — lining her up so the background directly behind her is clean and not distracting. The setting is a familiar — I’ve probably stood in this exact spot. But the picture is not like any I’ve seen from this location.”
Andrew Griswold from the US used his iPhone XS to create this spectacular abstract frame. Judge Jon McCormack said: “This image is very well thought through and executed. The background pattern holds the image together and the repeated smaller versions of that pattern in the water droplets create a lot of visual interest. The creative use of depth of field here is excellent.”
Bernard Antolin showed the versatility of his iPhone XS Max’s camera with this black and white landscape scene.
LieAdi Darmawan captured this golden hour landscape with his iPhone XS Max. Judge Luísa Dörr said: “I feel like this landscape was treated like an old portrait. The texture of the mountains evokes an old wrinkled face. Portraits and landscapes are the oldest way of creative representation by humans. There’s something about it that belongs to the realms of the subconscious mind, and this is mainly what appeals me of this picture; the part that I’m not able to explain.”
The exposure of German photographer Robert Glaser’s image, captured on his iPhone 7, impressed judge Kaiann Drance who said: “Gorgeous dynamic range. There’s detail throughout the photo in the meadow, trees, and clouds. Beautiful deep sky and pleasing colour overall.”