For the past eight years, the iPhone Photography Awards has collected work from iPhone users around the world in an attempt to present the very best imagery taken via Apple product, from the work of professionals and amateurs alike. This year’s ninth annual competition may have been their biggest yet, with thousands of entrants applying from a whopping 139 countries. But since most of us were not present for the ceremony itself, the IPPA has been kind enough to release a few of the winning images.
The top prize went to a portrait by Chinese photographer Siyuan Niu for a photo called “Man and the Eagle.” It’s a striking portrait of a 70-year-old man with his pet eagle, taken in the lush landscape of the Tianshan Mountains. The quality of the image is even more astounding given that it was simply taken with an iPhone 5S with a VSCO filter applied in post.
Second place went to Polish photographer Patryk Kuleta for “Modern Cathedrals,” a trippy, black-and white visual that is a dissection of Warsaw architecture.
View the full list of winners on the iPhone Photography Awards’ website.
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