Every year there’s a competition that celebrates the world’s most popular digital camera – the iPhone. This year, following the launch of iPhone 6, the winners of the iPhone Photography Awards are astonishing. Don’t believe us? Just take a look at some of the best shots below.
Michal Koralewski: Picking Up Inspiration Everywhere
1st Place, Photographer of the Year
The great thing about mobile photography is that the best shots are never staged. The camera on your phone is always in your pocket, waiting to capture moments that you stumble upon by accident and could never recreate in a photo studio.
It was one of those unexpected scenes that Michał Koralewski captured as he strolled through a market square in Warsaw.
“His face was the first thing I noticed,” Michał says, “so expressive and beautiful in its own way. It was like an open book. You could almost read his life story from the wrinkles.”
Because he had his iPhone with him, Michał was able to take the photo without disturbing the natural atmosphere of the scene.
David Craik: Shooting Images Never Seen Before
2nd Place, Photographer of the Year
David Craik believes the only restriction on taking photos is the photographer’s imagination. You can’t argue with that philosophy when you see his photo of two starlings eating crumbs off his table at a café. He’s turned an everyday scene into a unique work of art with his iPhone.
“After the first bird landed and I saw the shadow on the white wall behind it,” he explained, “I knew this was a great image to be captured. Now it was just a case of operating the iPhone properly and finding the best composition.”
David has experience as a wildlife photographer so knows patience is key to getting the best shots: “Some may think I’m mad, but one of the most exciting things about wildlife photography is the waiting.”
Yvonne Lu: Capturing Moments Along the Journey
3rd Place, Photographer of the Year
It’s all about those unique and sometimes surprising moments along the journey for Yvonne Lu, who captured a quiet yet captivating image of a couple on a train. She noticed the pair as she travelled along the Hudson Valley River on her way home to New York City.
Lu was taken by the beauty of this scene just a few seats away from her own and silently snapped the shot. “The couple,” she explains, “looks like they don’t need anything else in the world. I also found the romantic, vintage feel very entrancing. The two looked as if they could be coming back from a movie set.”
She relies on the iPhone to capture moments like these because it lets her take pictures quietly without disturbing her subjects. She also loves the ability to post her photos to social sites, like Instagram, and share them with the world instantly.
The three photos above were the best from just one of 19 categories in the iPhone Photography Awards. If you want to check out dozens of stunning photos all taken on an iPhone, head over to the competition’s website.