As the saying goes, the best camera is the one you’ve got with you and in many cases for many people, this may well be a smartphone. There is a perception that shooting with a smartphone may restrict creativity and the potential to come away with a great result, but the winning images from the 2020 iPhone Photography Awards will dispel this myth as the gallery of shortlisted photos is nothing short of amazing.
Now in its 13th year, the highly contested photography competition attracts thousands of entries from countries all over the globe and this year’s Grand Prize Winner and Photographer of the Year Award was announced as UK photographer Dimpy Bhalotia, who’s scooped the top title for her image, entitled ‘Flying Boys’. The evocative frame shows three boys taking flight from a wall into the Ganges River.
Taking first place in the Photographer of the Year category was Belarus photographer Artyom Baryshau. His image, entitled ‘No walls’, which was captured in India using an iPhone 6.
Snapping up first place in the Portrait category was this image from Mona Jumaan, who is based in Bahrain. The image, entitled ‘Beautiful Isolation’, was captured in Ouarzazate, Morocco and shot using an iPhone XR.
Taking top honours in the Animals category was Chinese photographer Xiaojun Zhang, who was awarded first place for his image, ‘Horses in the storm’, which captures the majesty of Icelandic horses and was captured using an iPhone X.
The iPhone Photography Awards Travel category was always going to be a hotly contested prize, but it was US photographer Kristian Cruz who took first place. Kristian’s image, entitled ‘Free from the past’ was shot on location in Varanasi, India using an iPhone X.
Some images need to be looked at a few times before you can work out what’s going on and this was certainly the case for Tu Odnu. The China-based photographer took first place in the Abstract category for this image, entitled ‘Splattered paint’, which was shot in Shanghai, China using an iPhone 6s.
The Nature category received some stunning entries, including the jaw-dropping frame from Singapore-based photographer Jiawen Wu. The image, entitled ‘Journey to the lava field’ took third place in the category and was shot in Hawaii with an iPhone 6.
The iPhone Photography Awards even featured a category for news-related imagery and first place in this division went to Spanish photographer, Fernando Merlo. Fernando’s image, entitled ‘ Demons lighting the sky’, was captured in Paterna, Spain using an iPhone X.
Another packed category that saw some amazing entries was the Landscape division. Taking second place here was Netherlands-based photographer Nico Brons. Nico’s image, entitled ‘Duned’, was shot along the coastline of Zeeland, Netherlands and was taken with an iPhone 11Pro Max.
Third place in the Animals category went to Anna Aiko for this stunning frame of a desert dog. The image, entitled ‘The Empty Quarter’ was shot on location in the United Arab Emirates with an iPhone 11 Pro Max.