For the fourteenth time, the iPhone Photography Awards (IPPAwards) photo competition has selected the best iPhone photos of the year in a total of seventeen categories. Thousands of photographers from all over the world took part, as the organizer announced on Thursday.
Post-processing only allowed via app
Once again, only recordings made with an iPhone or iPad were permitted. Post-processing via the app on the device is also permitted, as is the use of iPhone photo accessories such as attachment lenses. Classic image post-processing with desktop applications is prohibited, however.
The main prize this year went to the photojournalist Istvan Kerekes from Hungary for the picture “Transylvanian Shepherds”. “The courage of the men and the desolate surroundings are a moving contrast to the hope and innocence of the lambs in their care,” said the jury. First, second, and third place awards went to iPhone photographers from India, China, and the United States. In addition, winners were chosen in the individual categories, which range from architecture, animals, landscape and city life to people, portraits, lifestyle and panorama. Despite the pandemic, all winning pictures would show “moments of beauty and hope”, according to the organizer.
(Image: Istvan Kerekes, IPPAWARDS)
Smartphone camera as a unique selling point
The iPhone Photography Awards have been held since 2007, and the competition started after the first generation of iPhone was introduced. Originally, the photo capabilities of smartphones were still severely limited, but manufacturers have long recognized the camera as a driving force and a clear incentive to buy – and as a means of setting yourself apart from the competition. Apple already spends a large part of the time when introducing new iPhones just to give details about the camera system. In the past few years, the company has also organized its own iPhone photo competitions, and the winners’ photos were used for advertising posters, among other things.