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Winners of the 6th Annual iPhone Photography Awards announced

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Holly Wesley of Argyll, Scotland, won top honors as Photographer of the Year.

The winners of the 6th Annual iPhone Photography Awards have been announced. This year's contest highlighted the top entries in 16 categories: Photo of the YearAnimalsArchitectureChildrenFlowersFoodLandscapeLifestyleNatureNews and EventsOthersPeopleSeasonsStill LifeSunsetTravel and Trees

The top three winners of the Photographer of the Year category each received an iPad Mini while the top entry from each category won a gold bar. Missed this year's competition? The iPhone Photography Awards are already accepting entries for next year.

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Total comments: 59
mcshan

All good. Love the shot of John Kerry.

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Mohr2Life

Meh...really? For an elitist, you'd think iPhone produced quality images. Some of these are nice but iPhones are nowhere near the quality my Samsung puts out. That said, I'm wondering why Ft Lauderdale Sun isn't featured, his worst are better than many of these.
Apparently it's a contest for the elitist mentality and who you know doesn't hurt.

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Clemto

It is a real shame that the IPPA awards, which should be championing the very best and most innovative mobile photographers, are setting the bar at such an average height. These images fail to do justice to the truly engaging and high standard of mobile photography out there.

I believe mobile photography should have its own distinct community. I am personally not engaged by a lot of digital photography and the highly technical elements. I enjoy the raw, simple photography than smartphones excel at.

For mobile photographers like myself, it is really helpful to have a distinct community that can discuss specific styles, apps, editing techniques and learn from each other.

I love being able to use a small device with a variety of apps such as ProCamera and Snapseed, which have a mix of speed, simplicity and some technical elements.

As smartphones get better and better, I expect the communities, styles and end results will become less distinct.

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CameraLabTester

Oopps... wrong forum.

I was after and looking for the winners of the "PINHOLE CAMERA WITH DIGITAL SENSOR INSIDE A NIKE SHOE BOX" contest...

I know it's in here... somewhere...

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wansai

I do like a lot of those shots but more and more I don't understand why it must specifically be "mobile/iphone photography contest". Why not just a photography contest?

Is it to admit that mobile photos are so poor in IQ that they need its own category otherwise they'd be trounced handily by more capable cameras? Because that's what it's really looking like.

In the rest of the photog world, they don't have "Nikon photo contest" specifically for Nikon users unless it is a Nikon sponsored event; which is really just a marketing vehicle.

Photo contests are photo contests and the brand/hardware should not matter; UNLESS this was an Apple marketing event. Was it? IPPA website doesn't say.

Or is this just another way for Apple users to cut themselves off from the rest of the community because they are too good for the rest?

I'm still not understanding this.

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Fernandapr

But isn't the iphone/smartphone cameras really not as good as professional cameras? To have your iphone photo to win a contest, this contest have to be aware that the photographer didn't have professional quality camera to work with, so the scenario and the photographer's creativity is what should matter the most. That is why it is separated, in my opinion (sorry for english mistakes)

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Serenity Now

I was with you until you turned it into an iPhone conspiracy. Grow up

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JJ Rodin

Imagine these pictures with an actual REALLY good camera !!? iPhone is an approximation of a camera but not even as good as typical small P&S, let alone a good DSLR or mirrorless cam!!

But a missed picture is potentially a lost moment, and 'something' beats 'nothing' to capture that moment.

Equip the masses with a good/great cam and even better results will be gotten.

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Serenity Now

Well that's a croc. Give the masses more expensive guitars and they'll be better guitar players? Hardly.

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systemBuilder

This contest proves that --- OUTDOORS ---- photographic vision trumps the hardware in your hand.

However, as someone who today took delivery of a father's day present (Olympus E-PL-5), and who owns an iPhone 5, I can definitely say that there will be NO low-light indoor Boy Scout Troop photos winning in this contest, from an iPhone. In fact, there is no need to enter ANY indoor photos in this contest, they can probably all be immediately discarded before judging commences, with no change to the outcome.

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AbrasiveReducer

"It's not the type of phone you have; it's the eye, heart and mind of the photographer." Besides, having the phone with you at all times increases the number of photos you take so you're bound to get something good. If you buy enough lottery tickets, you'll win, and these tickets are free.

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hiro_pro

i cant believe how defensive some of the responses are. i have a d600 and an iphone 4s. yes my d600 takes better pictures not to mention the lens options. are there times when i am out and all i have is my phone? sure. are there times when i can snap a quick iphone picture to express or capture something? yes. the iphone (any smartphone) is making photography accessible to a large number of people that may never have explored the art before. we should celebrate that. eventually some of these new photographers will want to improve their art and upgrade. maybe camera sales will increase (or prices with drop- happy thought). are these the best mobile pics i have ever seen. no. i have a ton of friends on instragram that are taking better pictures. why? because their iphone made photography accessible to them. sure, i also have friends who should black out their camera lens and delete the camera icon but i have also seen some bad pics in the slr forums here

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hiro_pro

PS. who is this group that had the contest? were these pics the most viewed on instagram cracker, bookface or tumblr? to say that the pics are the best iphone pics implies that they review a vast majority of iphone pics. i am sure dpreview could run a smartphone a week photo contest and at the end of the year pick more deserving winners.

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PhotoPoet

could not agree more. Get a grip. Shooting is the way to learn, so shoot a lot, phone, D7000, whatever. I use my iPhone much more than my D7000 or RX100. Partly too lazy to carry D7000 on a daily basis, partly due to me love of the "easy effects" edit. I look back on my "shaking the fixer in the trays" days and say, "thank you"... so shoot as you wish... most will be selfies and kittens... get over it... its just a photo.. you don't like SmartPhone photos, don't use it.

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IZO100

ZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzz.........

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starwolfy

This kind of smartphone rubbish trend is so hilarious.
Yes any good photographer could succeed to produce a great image with any gear.
What I dislike is all this kind of "rebel" trend where people just shoot with smartphone to show the world they are so good they don't need anything more.
Then you hear all the wow and waw and people starting to say: I'll try to use my smartphone more !
If everyone is following the same trend, then it not being rebel anymore.
If some people are serious about photography why they use a smartphone is beyond me. What do they want to prove ? I don't mean they cannot produce the goods with a smartphone but I guess there are plenty better small cameras out there for a small, light and discreet package.
Maybe they like to hide behind the "tourist like" feeling this grants...then they need some more balls maybe.
This pics are great, but it doesn't teach more than the usual photoshop and auto effects. There are tons pics like that on Getty and Flickr.

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vadims

> "What I dislike is all this kind of "rebel" trend where people just shoot with smartphone to show the world they are so good they don't need anything more."

While you might be right about some people, I'm sure you're very wrong about vast majority. What Umberto Eco said about literature ("It is necessary to create constraints, in order to invent freely"; see http://www.aolib.com/library.htm) applies to photography as well.

Or think about demoscene (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demoscene). More often than not, artificial constraints favor creativity, not limit it.

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oldmanwalking

I don't know anyone who confuses the capabilities and values of good DSLR gear and the photographs that gear can facilitate with the limitations of smartphones. The revolution in photography so far is about accessibility. And movement towards quality in smartphone photography is fast. The most prudent people I know understand they will have a smartphone with them all the time and will want to learn to use it as well as they can. It's not a war. It's enablement.

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ManuelVilardeMacedo

Proof that, when you have the talent, anything will do. Some of those pictures are excellent by any standards.
That said let's not get overexcited about the iPhone's image quality. There are obvious highlight issues in some of the pictures shown and an overall lack of definition that Instagram does disguise but not eliminate. Besides, one can't stop wondering how much further a dedicated camera would have pushed these iPhonographers' creativity.

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Dames01

Nice set of pictures. In the end some people have talent and others do not. It does matter what camera you have with you...
Nevertheless, under some lighting conditions as well as for certain types of composition, a camera phone will not be up to scratch.

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Decoboy

Agree some great compositions, but it does matter what 'tool' you use.
Ignoring that this WAS a phone contest, why would any one DELIBERATELY use an inferior tool? Why use a blunt chisel if you know you might need a sharp one - too lazy to sharpen it?
Everyone of these glaringly show the limitations of very low end sensor/lens/processing.
This deluge of phone vendor marketing is dumbing people down - they want us to believe photography is only about convenience, let's ignore the noise, crummy focus, non existent shadow detail, blown highlights, inconsistent colour, distortion......lets all pretend that because someone with talent can use these tools they will magically turn one's narcissistic dreams into reality - with no real effort of course.

Much of the great technical advantages from the digital age are being sacrificed purely on the alter of convenience - most of these images would have come out just as good with a 70 year old box brownie - or a tiny film camera.

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Dames01

"vendor marketing dumbing people down"
I disagree, marketing people are not there to educate people but to get them to buy what they are selling.
Somebody once said that there is a sucker born every day. In fact there are millions of them born everyday...
As to why would someone use an inferior tool, well basically because they are too stupid to realise that the other tool is superior ;-)

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rurikw

Very inspiring. I certainly will use my iPhone camera on midsummer holidays and try to SEE. The last winner must be in the wrong category. Those guys don't look like travellers. They probably work there every day. Or maybe it's a typo: should be travail, not travel. Great pic though.

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Sean65

I gather Holly Wesley must be a very good friend of the the judging panel. What a load of rubbish.

I'm really quiet sure there exists somewhere iPhone photos that are a hundred times better than this lot.

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AussieBarb

I looked at the winning pics and then opened my camera pics (Samsung BTW) and thought to myself .... mine look pretty darn good compared to these. Then I read the comments and now I feel vindicated. Just very ordinary and totally underwhelming.

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Sam Carriere

Gee, just imagine what these people might have accomplished if they had been using cameras.

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eopix

Same thing.

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agentul

just imagine how we would just care about the pictures if no one had made a big deal that they were taken using iphones. this is just like telling someone "you are such a great professional, even though you're a different race than i am".

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Decoboy

eopix - not true - every one has such glaringly poor IQ that they would be significantly improved if the the same person used a better tool - one worthy of their talents.
agentul - I would care - because we are encouraging people to remain ignorant about an important part of photography - get the best shot you can first - not the easiest, and don't be lazy, if you have the talent, invest in a bit of extra effort (inconvenience ) to maximise the results.

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lap777

1st place surely got his butt kicked by the horse after setting of a flash in its eye, so he deserved at least a prize ;)

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ingram98ab

butt kicked by the horse?? i tought it was a selfie taken by the horse itself!!!

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kdv

ingram98ab, sure it was. :)

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UCSB

1st place ... this is a joke ... right???

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agentul

no, it's a photobomb by the horse.

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racenviper

It's th quality of the wires going into the horse's head that makes it a highly rated image.

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zigi_S

It's a JSP self portrait.

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CeleryBeats

I'm generally a postivie guy and don't like to be negative. But while some of those are excellent with a great composition and originality, three or four of those images are a joke to be winning. Compared to the others at least!

The flower, lifestyle shots are very nice. Architecture and photographer of year 2nd place are nice as well. Don't care for the rest tbh.

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klopus

I dunno why the first image was considered tops. Composition isn't all that original and visually I think it's overdone with that harsh, flat and mundane Instagram filter look. Last image also to me is spoiled by the obvious smartphone camera look though to a lesser extent.

Other images, especially St.Petersburg in winter and Indian Holi festival, are much better. They are simply good, not iPhone/mobile/etc. good, but in general great. That unless you want to print them exhibition quality :)

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Johnsonj

These images are awesome. Love the iPhone imaging look. The best camera is the one that's with you. Every day, more photos are taken with the iPhone than any other camera.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NoVW62mwSQQ

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RobCMad

We know who you work for.

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agentul

@Johnsonj
and every day more people are involved in car accidents than meaningful conversations on the internet. what's your point?

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Decoboy

Nonsense - I'm sick and tired of this fortune cookie quote "the best camera is the one that is with you", Only if you didn't know you needed one - i.e. if you knew you were going to take a shot why would you take an inferior tool? To show how trendy you are? Oops I blurted out the secret reason many people buy things.
IMO most of these show fine composition, such a shame that the IQ is so atrocious in every one that it borders on pathetic.

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Anepo

How the hell did the second image from the bottom win an award? Its garbage the third from the top is also crap

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eopix

You mean the snowstorm? I love that. It's not about resolution or camera stuff, rather about feeling. I think the composition is great too.

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RobCMad

I agree, I like the woman seen through snow picture.

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vadims

I guess Anepo meant third from the top in the strip (the hangar), and I have to agree it's... well, not too impressive. Second from the bottom could only get there by mistake (like somebody clicked on wrong file while uploading :-)

Others are very nice though.

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GaryJP

I think the third picture from the top (if you mean the snow) is superb. There goes that varying mileage for you.

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Nigel Wilkins

The snow picture should've won IMHO

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Felix E Klee

@eopix No snow storm, I guess it's shot through a snow covered car (?) window. Anyway, great image.

The second from the bottom I perceived as an illusion: When I first viewed it on a phone's small screen (!), I thought it depicts a piece of jewelry. Only on my laptop I realized that it's a snow covered swing. As such, I enjoy it.

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jcmarfilph

Seriously? Credit goes to overdone filters and PP to mask mediocrity of these images.

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eopix

Did you submit yours?

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LensBeginner

Maybe he has a smartphone, not an iToy...

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PredatorsPrey

That's how it is nowadays. Even photos that look more like photo manipulations are nowadays winning photo contests. I mean it's a photo contest, not a photo manipulation contest but that doesn't seem to matter anymore.

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Decoboy

Agree, and BTW the rules specifically state that no desktop PP can be done - what a joke, does anyone believe lots of these weren't tortured outside the phone?
How would you check it? And did they bother to check any of the finalists? Oh I forgot this is more about propagating the myth of convenience over quality, and selling more 'camera's that are worse than digital P&S from 10 years ago.
Phone cameras record only limited exif data, and this can easily be swapped back to the original data with quite a few exif tools.

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sir_bazz

Some of these images are very, very good.

Just reiterates to me that there's so much more to producing good images beyond the size of the sensor thats being used.

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unknown member
By (unknown member) (Jun 18, 2013)

If you set up a hundred different cameras on tripods in front of the most gorgeous image the world has to offer and then walk away guess which camera will produce the best image. None, since none of them took a picture. Opportunity, skill, equipment all are required to interact together to get a photograph. A better photographer with a better camera might be able to get significantly better images from the same scene thanks to skill and equipment. However, if a good photographer is in the right place at the right time with a lousy camera the image can still be great.

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Johnsonj

So true, sir_bazz. So true.

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Decoboy

More fortune cookie statements - I'm sure Ansel Adams would have agreed with you - that's why he lugged that huge land camera around instead of a box brownie right?
BTW can you point me to ANY images from the all time heroes of photography taken with the lowest quality tool available?

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Serenity Now

Ansel Adams would have taken great photos with his phone.

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