61 iPhone Photos So Amazing They’ve Actually Won Awards

And you thought your selfie was good.

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The winners of the iPhone Photography Awards were announced last week and the results are quite spectacular. “This year’s entries contained thousands of excellent submissions, presenting quite a challenge for our judges,” said founder Kenan Aktulun. “It is truly amazing to have so many people from around the world share their experiences, the beauty they see, and their personal moments with us.”


Grand Prize Winner

"Man and the Eagle", Siyuan Niu from Xinjiang, China

Siyuan Niu / ippawards.com

“The brave and wise Khalkhas live along the mountains in the south of Xinjiang and are companions with the eagles. They regard eagles as their children and train them for many years to hunt. This 70-year-old man is rigid and solemn in front of family and friends, but when he is with his beloved eagle, the corner of his mouth would curve up. When the eagles reach mating age, although he is very reluctant, the man releases the eagles back into nature so that they can thrive. A mild heart and exquisite love are covered by his weather-beaten face. He is a tough man with a tender heart.” – Siyuan Niu

First place – Photographer of the Year

Second place – Photographer of the Year

Third place – Photographer of the Year

Abstract category

Animals category

First place, Erica Wu from the United States

Erica Wu / ippawards.com

“I started traveling around Japan three years ago and have visited all 47 prefectures to discover all kinds of animal spots, including cat islands, cat temples, zoos, and farms. My photo was taken in the Miyagi Zao Fox Village while I was feeding the foxes. It was a very dramatic scene when they all stared at me at the same time, so I took out my iPhone to capture the moment immediately.” – Erica Wu

Architecture category

Children category

Flowers category

Food category

Second place, He Kuankuan from China

He Kuankuan / ippawards.com

“This photo was taken in Japan in August 2015, on Kyushu Island, Saga county, in a small village named Yobuko. This village is famous for squid. The locals hang up the fresh squid near the seaside to dry in the sea wind. When you walk around the seaside, you can often see the ‘flying squid’, a very interesting view.” – He Kuankuan

Landscape category

Lifestyle category

Nature category

Third place, Lei Yuting from Xianyou, China

Lei Yuting, Xianyou / ippawards.com

“My photo tells the story of the tree, where we live, and my feeling of attachment to the living environment. The fast urbanization has injured our living environment, and the tree of life is reduced, or may even disappear... this tree of life represents the last sigh.” – Lei Yuting

News/Events category

Others category

Panorama category

First place, Glenn Homann from Australia

Glen Homann / ippawards.com

“I captured this photo on what was at the time the coldest morning of the year. It was forecast to get down to 0º celsius. Anything can happen and it did! Beautiful wisps of fog over creeks and waterways.” – Glenn Homann

People category

Third place, Yi Lin Hu from the United States

Yi Lin Hu / ippawards.com

“This photo was taken on the street in the Latin Quarter in Paris around evening time. I saw a man who seems taking a break outside of the restaurant’s kitchen, staring at the people on the street. At the same moment, I spontaneously picked up my phone from my pocket and took a couple of shots while I was talking. I felt like I became invisible because I used an iPhone camera.” – Yi Lin Hu

Portrait category

Seasons category

Still Life category

Sunset category

Travel category

Tree category

First place, Victor Kintanar from the Philippines

Victor Kintanar / ippawards.com

“This photo is an image of the roots of a wax apple tree, located in a vacant lot just behind my rented apartment in the village of Suba in Argao, Cebu, Philippines.” – Victor Kintanar

Second place, Conchi Munoz from Spain

Conchi Munoz / ippawards.com

“In October 2015, I travelled to Galicia and visited an eighth-century manor house called Pazo da Oca, which has spectacular gardens. There is a hundred-year-old tree there and I couldn’t resist the temptation of standing right beneath it and thinking of all the stories it had witnessed through all those years. I took a photo of it of course. My dream would be to have a tree!” – Conchi Munoz