PHLEARN MagazineImpressive iPhone Imagery: Winning Photos of the 2018 iPhone Photography Awards

Impressive iPhone Imagery: Winning Photos of the 2018 iPhone Photography Awards

The 11th annual iPhone Photography Award (IPPAWARDS) winners have just been announced, featuring works across 18 categories. Chosen from thousands of entries, the winning photographs are not only technically impressive, but breathtaking. Photographers in every category competed for the four IPPAWARDS Photographer of the Year titles.

The Grand Prize winner receives an iPad, while the first, second and third place winners each receive an Apple Watch Series 3. The first place winner of each category wins a gold bar from the most recognizable private gold mint in the world, while the second and third place winners each win a palladium bar from the same mint.

Jashim Salam of Bangladesh received the Grand Prize Winner Photographer of the Year Award for his riveting piece Displaced, while Alexandre Weber of Switzerland took first place for Baiana in Yellow and Blue, Huapeng Zhao of China second for Eye of Eye, and Zarni Myo Win of Myanmar third for I Want to Play.

Here are the IPPAWARDS 2018 winning images by category:

PHOTOGRAPHERS OF THE YEAR

GRAND PRIZE WINNER, PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

JASHIM SALAM – Bangladesh
“Displaced” iPhone 7

© Jashim Salam – Rohingya children watching an awareness film about health and sanitation near Tangkhali refugee camp in Ukhiya.

1st PLACE, PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

ALEXANDRE WEBER – Switzerland
“Displaced” iPhone 6s

© Alexandre Weber – The picture was taken in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil, spontaneously, after a truck drove by. The woman with traditional clothes of a “baiana” was looking after the truck, during her work break.

2nd PLACE, PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

HUAPENG ZHAO – China
“Eye to Eye” iPhone 6

© Huapeng Zhao – I met this boy while walking at the seaside. When I was trying to take a picture of him, he put the fish he caught in front of his eye.

3rd PLACE, PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

ZARNI MYO WIN – Myanmar
“I Want to Play” iPhone 7 Plus

© Zarni Myo Win – A young boy who lost his leg was watching his friends play soccer, and he said he wanted to play soccer if he could.

ABSTRACT

1st PLACE, ABSTRACT

GLENN HOMANN – Australia
“Corrugations” iPhone X

© Jashim Salam – Rohingya children watching an awareness film about health and sanitation near Tangkhali refugee camp in Ukhiya.

2ND PLACE, ABSTRACT

EDWIN LOYOLA – Philippines
“The Union of Colors” iPhone X

© Edwin Loyola – Taken in one of Philippines biggest malls. I was strolling around the mall, and was amazed with the colors and patterns.

3RD PLACE, ABSTRACT

JEDRZEJ FRANEK – Poland
“Collapcity” iPhone 6s

© Jedrzej Franek – This photo is of a façade of one of the most recognizable buildings in Pozna, the former Polonez Hotel (closed, and re-opened as a student dormitory center). Considered very modern and luxurious in the 80’s it has fallen in disrepair in the 2000’s.

ANIMALS

1ST PLACE, ANIMALS

ROBIN ROBERTIS – United States
“’Django’ Old Man Baby Dog” iPhone 7 Plus

© Robin Robertis – “Django” is a Shaolin Temple Terrier, born and raised in a Buddhist monastery in the northern province of Hunan China. Django likes long walks on the beach and listening to Miles Davis.

2ND PLACE, ANIMALS

KATIE WALL – United Kingdom
“0 to Not-Quite-Seagull-Speed in 60 Seconds” iPhone 7

© Katie Wall – Enjoying a near empty beach on a particularly windy day, our whippets were enjoying the wide open spaces to zoom around us in huge circles, chasing distant seagulls.

3RD PLACE, ANIMALS

ERICA WU – Taiwan
“Smiling Fox” iPhone X

© Erica Wu – This fox was sleeping inside the box and poked his head out to enjoy the sunshine during the snowing season.

ARCHITECTURE

1ST PLACE, ARCHITECTURE

MASSIMO GRAZIANI – Italy
“Rampage” iPhone 7 Plus

© Massimo Graziani – A stair ramp from Rome in Via Allegri.

2ND PLACE, ARCHITECTURE

KUANGLONG ZHANG – China
“Jameh Mosque of Isfahan” iPhone 7

© KuangLong Zhang – This is one of the oldest mosques in Iran and is the result of continual construction, reconstruction, additions and renovations on the site from around 771 C.E. to the end of the 20th century.

3RD PLACE, ARCHITECTURE

NASRA AL SHARJI – Oman
“Burj Khalifa Dubai” iPhone 6

© Nasra Al Sharji – I took this picture around 6:48am from my hotel window as I was getting ready to head to work.

CHILDREN

1ST PLACE, CHILDREN

MELISA BARRILLI – Canada
“Spray Fury” iPhone 5s

© Melisa Barrilli – My daughter was wearing her ballet leotard and she was spraying her siblings and herself.

2ND PLACE, CHILDREN

DINA ALFASI – Israel
“Air” iPhone X

© Dina Alfasi – Part of a series taken at Skate park. I was captivated by these young children, who spend hours, training continuously to improve and achieve greater things.

3RD PLACE, CHILDREN

SAVADMON AVALACHAMVEETTIL – Ireland
“Twins” iPhone 7 Plus

© Savadmon Avalachamveettil – I took this photo last year, in August of 2017. I couldn’t resist taking a few pictures as the sky and the light on the field looked extraordinary and the girls on top of the hay bale made it super special.

FLORAL

1ST PLACE, FLORAL

ALISON HELENA – United States
“Light” iPhone 7

© Alison Helena – I was parking to do my weekly grocery shopping and saw the amazing light on the wall and flowers.

2ND PLACE, FLORAL

ZHENDI ZHANG – United States
“R(ed).G(reen).B(loom)” iPhone X

© Zhendi Zhang – Taken during a road trip to Princeton University. It was a rainy, cloudy day with very soft and dim light, which emphasized the contrasting colors of the red fruit and green leaves.

3RD PLACE, FLORAL

HONGJUN GE – United States
“Orchid” iPhone 6

© Hongjun Ge – (No photographer statement)

LANDSCAPE

1ST PLACE, LANDSCAPE

CHARLES THOMAS – United States
“Human vs. Nature” iPhone 8 Plus

© Charles Thomas – I’ve always been fascinated with the view out of an airplane window. On this afternoon, I was lucky enough to get a window seat on a return trip from Las Vegas. I watched the landscape slowly transform from cityscape to rows of identical suburban houses, to surreal desert-scape.

2ND PLACE, LANDSCAPE

ASUMAN ROBSON – Turkey
“At Sycamore Gap” iPhone 7

© Asuman Robson – Taken on a hike along Hadrian’s Wall in the North East of England. It was a typical moody day and I liked how the tree and hikers looked in front of the clouds in this dramatic dip of the Roman wall.

3RD PLACE, LANDSCAPE

NAIAN FENG – China
“The Kerid” iPhone X

© Naian Feng – This is a photo of Kerid mount in southern Iceland. Kerid is a dead volcano and in the middle there is a blue volcanic lake. I took this photo during winter when the lake was frozen. The black spots on the surface of the lake are tourists.

LIFESTYLE

1ST PLACE, LIFESTYLE

NATALIA GARCÉS – Spain
“Mrs. Sancheski” iPhone 7

© Natalia Garcés – This day I opened my second exhibition, there was a lot of atmosphere and good friends. Mrs. Sancheski is the mother of three children, unique, urban and stylish.

2ND PLACE, LIFESTYLE

China
“Dreams in the Basket” iPhone 5s

© – On the way back after work I see a little baby lies in the basket. I really want to stop to adjust the baby’s sleeping position that makes her more comfortable, but I can’t bear to disturb her dreams.

3RD PLACE, LIFESTYLE

PAOLO MESTRINER – Italy
“Enjoy the Summer” iPhone SE

© Paolo Mestriner – Last Summer my family took a short break by the sea.

NATURE

1ST PLACE, NATURE

SUKRU MEHMET OMUR – France
“Morning Fog” iPhone 6s

© Sukru Mehmet Omur – (No photographer statement).

2ND PLACE, NATURE

ANTON KRUGLOV – Russia
“The Sand-Snow River” iPhone SE

© Anton Kruglov – The photo was taken on May 23 in Sochi at the ski resort “Rosa Khutor” at an altitude above 1600 m. On this day, there was a storm which had previously passed through the island of Crete, and so on the mountain the snow was covered with sand from the storm.

3RD PLACE, NATURE

PENG JU TANG – China
“Serenity” iPhone 7 Plus

© Peng Ju Tang – Icebergs of Qaasuitsup Kommune.

NEWS/EVENTS

1ST PLACE, NEWS/EVENTS

MOHAMMED BADRA – Syria
“Iftar Amongst the Ruins” iPhone 7

© Mohammed Badra – During a lull in the bombings, Syrians gather, seated on a long 1200-meter row of tables set up amongst the ruins of Duoma, for a public Iftar, the evening meal at the end of the daily Ramadan fast.

2ND PLACE, NEWS/EVENTS

MOISES SILVA – Brazil
“The Heat” iPhone 5s

© Moises Silva – (No photographer statement)

3RD PLACE, NEWS/EVENTS

VERÓNICA G. CÁRDENAS – United States
“Refugee Caravan” iPhone 6s

© Verónica G. Cárdenas – Members of the Refugee Caravan 2017 climb the border fence dividing Mexico and the U.S. to celebrate their arrival in Tijuana.

OTHER

1ST PLACE, OTHER

AMY NELSON – United States
“Sky Portal” iPhone SE

© Amy Nelson – I took this photo at the 39th Annual Wright Kite Festival in Kill Devil Hills, NC, where 30-100 foot kites were on display amidst clouds and drizzle.

2ND PLACE, OTHER

JOSÉ IGNACIO – DE ROCCO Argentina
“Lo de Gómez” iPhone 6s

© José Ignacio De Rocco – The entrance of a friend’s house.

3RD PLACE, OTHER

MAGDA LATES – France
“Landing” iPhone SE

© Magda Lates – (No photographer statement)

PANORAMA

1ST PLACE, PANORAMA

MATEUSZ PIESIAK – Poland
“Icebergs” iPhone 6 Plus

© Mateusz Piesiak – In summer the sun is above the horizon nearly all day where Vatnajökull glacier meets the Atlantic Ocean.

2ND PLACE, PANORAMA

BURCU OZTURK – United States
“Frozen Central Park” iPhone 7

© Burcu Ozturk – On a cold February day walking in the city, I saw fog over Central Park. It felt like a frozen moment, almost a daydream. I knew it was the perfect time to use my iPhone’s panorama feature.

3RD PLACE, PANORAMA

CLIFFORD PICKETT – United States
“Sunrise in Monument Valley” iPhone 7 Plus

© Clifford Pickett – This image was taken during a month long road trip throughout the American West, part of a project shooting with iPhone. Having spent much time on the road, I wanted to capture that feeling of wide-openness on the road that I experience so often.

PEOPLE

1ST PLACE, PEOPLE

JONAS WYSSEN – Switzerland
“Posers” iPhone 7 Plus

© Jonas Wyssen – Brazilian tourist posing in front of a small Catholic chapel taking a tourists photo..

2ND PLACE, PEOPLE

LEE YU CHIEH – Taiwan
“Waiting” iPhone 6s

© Lee Yu Chieh – I took this shot of a woman in traditional clothes, in a barren landscape.

3RD PLACE, PEOPLE

PASCAL DESAPIO – Switzerland
“Night at the Beach” iPhone 7 Plus

© Pascal Desapio – The picture shows a snapshot of an extended family picnicking on the beach promenade, “la Barceloneta”.

PORTRAIT

1ST PLACE, PORTRAIT

SCOTT WOODWARD – Singapore
“Salamah” iPhone 6s

© Scott Woodward – Moken village elder, Salamah, wearing his hand-carved wooden dive goggles on the beach at Au Bon Yai, a tiny island community of about 300 sea gypsies off the coast of Phang Nga, Thailand.

2ND PLACE, PORTRAIT

KUANGLONG ZHANG – China
“The Tibetan Woman” iPhone 7

© KuangLong Zhang – Every year, there are a lot of Tibetans going to Lhasa in Tibet for pilgrimages from distant places. It takes a very long time to reach Lhasa, several months or even several years. After arriving in Lhasa, some people have no money to return to their hometowns.

3RD PLACE, PORTRAIT

MARINA SPIRONETTI – Italy
“Women of Gavoi” iPhone 8

© Marina Spironetti – Part of a long-term project about century-long traditions in the region of Barbagia is the inland-most region of the island of Sardinia, Italy – an area proud of its heritage and still faithful to its costumes and traditions.

SERIES

1ST PLACE, SERIES

COCU LIU – United States
“Urban Impressionism” iPhone X

© Cocu Liu – This series of photos expresses the sensations of energy and poetic feelings in the urban scene.

2ND PLACE, SERIES

LAITH ZAIED – Iraq
“Ashura” iPhone 7 Plus

© Laith Zaied – The ritual of seasonal grief, which is the phrase to hear the melody and the sad words of a person called the narrator, or Radod. Everyone participates in a rhythmic beating on the chest. These rituals are called latmia.

3RD PLACE, SERIES

CHEN LIN – China
“Sulphur Miners” iPhone 7 Plus

© Chen Lin – In Indonesia’s Izhen volcano, clouds and sulphur smoke are mixed, slowly rising over the lakes of the crater. The mine has been dug for 30 years. The miners who collect natural Sulphur are exposed to highly toxic gases without any protection.

STILL LIFE

1ST PLACE, STILL LIFE

FIONA BAILEY – United Kingdom
“Diner” iPhone 7

© Fiona Bailey – (No photographer statement)

2ND PLACE, STILL LIFE

SONG HAN – China
“Half and Half” iPhone 7 Plus

© Song Han – In Akureyri, Iceland, the sun shines on the balcony, creating a triangle of light separated from the darkness.

3RD PLACE, STILL LIFE

XIANGQI KONG – China
“Green in a Corner” iPhone 6

© XiangQi Kong – A discarded chair among some neglected wild plants, near an underground garage. Nature and manufactured in a bustling metropolis.

SUNSET

1ST PLACE, SUNSET

SARA RONKAINEN – Finland
“Dandelion Sunset” iPhone 5s

© Sara Ronkainen – In central Finland, where summer days are long and sunsets beautiful. I was out walking by a lake on evening, and saw dandelions floating in the breeze. Feeling inspired, I picked one, held it up and used it as a filter through which to catch the last rays of the day’s sun.

2ND PLACE, SUNSET

COCU LUI – United States
“Chasing Light” iPhone 7 Plus

© Cocu Lui – This photo was taken in the Financial District of San Francisco before sunset. I was fascinated by the street scene with busy commuters, low angle lights and long shadows of people.

3RD PLACE, SUNSET

RUSLAN ZABULONOV – Ukraine
“Sunset Vibes” iPhone 6

© Ruslan Zabulonov – Children are having fun in the fountain on a hot summer day.

TRAVEL

1ST PLACE, TRAVEL

ANNA AIKO – France
“Silk Road” iPhone 6s

© Anna Aiko – This photo was taken on the first day of my departure for the desert of Gobi, on the Silk Road. On the road I got lost with my two Mongolian men, driver and guide, and we found ourselves in this area known for the very first traces of dinosaurs. The atmosphere was magical, in the vast desert with plains and mountains.

2ND PLACE, TRAVEL

ZARNI MYO WIN – Myanmar
“The Sculptor” iPhone 7 Plus

© Zarni Myo Win – A man sculpted a Buddha statue near Ayerwaddy river bank

3RD PLACE, TRAVEL

SOHA GHANDOUR – Lebanon
“Red Stripes” iPhone 5

© Soha Ghandour – Tanning by the coast in Tyre on a hot summer day.

TREES

1ST PLACE, TREES

LIDIA MUNTEAN – Romania
“Road of Tuscany” iPhone 7 Plus

© Lidia Muntean – This photo was taken near Pienza and Montalcino.

2ND PLACE, TREES

BRIAN GRASSO – United States
“Church Tree” iPhone 7

© Brian Grasso – This photo was taken near Aboseli National Park in southern Kenya, in an area where Kenya’s famous Maasai tribe lives. On the left side of the tree, a small house is present, fenced in by a wall of assembled acacia branches.

3RD PLACE, TREES

MAGDALENA DE JONGE MALUCHA – Spain
“Be Like Wes Anderson” iPhone 7 Plus

© Magdalena de Jonge Malucha – During a winter morning walk. When I saw this old fashion farmhouse with this twisted orange tree, I simply couldn’t resist, and for a moment I felt like I was in a Wes Anderson movie…

Don’t stop at the winners, though! There are a host of incredible honorable mentions in each category, and when you are done with those (if you are able to tear yourself away), take a look back at winning images from previous years. Feeling inspired? The 12th Annual iPhone Photography Awards is already open for entries!

Maggie King

Maggie King is a freelance photo editor, illustrator, and writer in Memphis, Tennessee. She loves exploring with her camera and working on her pet project, The Kinglets, a comic series based on the antics of her three lovable and exhausting children.

 

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