2015 saw thousands of shots submitted to the iPhone Photography Awards from over 120 countries around the world. Each shot was entered into one of 19 different categories, including: abstract, animals, architecture, children, flowers, food, landscape, lifestyle, nature, news & events, other, panorama, people, portrait, seasons, still life, sunset, travel, and trees. That covers an amazing range of life and experience, and the photographers really took advantage of it.
It's the 8th edition of the iPhone Photography awards, so I asked the founder, Kenan Aktülün, how the entries had evolved over the years:
First place this year, along with the title of iPhone photographer of the year, went to Michal Koralewski. His winning photo was the result of a stroll through a market square in Warsaw, where he saw an accordion player squishing out the songs central to their shared culture. And the iPhone let him capture that moment forever.
Second place went to David Craikb of the U.K. Seeing birds alight on his table at a costal cafe, and noticing the shadows behind them, he managed to capture a unique take on a classic composition. That was thanks, in part, to burst mode on his iPhone.
Third place went to Yvonne Lu. Originally from Taiwan, she lives now in New York. It was there, on her commute home, she noticed a captivating couple on a train, and used her iPhone to frame the moment forever.
All three receive an Apple Watch Sport in recognition of their work, and the first place winners in each category get gold bars from a private mint.
Apple continues to make great strides with the iPhone camera, including software advances like burst mode and hardware improvements like optical image stabilization. No matter how great a tool is, however, it's the artist using it that matters. These artists took the bits and atoms Apple provided and captured images that also manage to capture the imagination. It's beyond inspiring — it's motivating.
You can find a complete list of all the winners in all the categories, first through third place, at the IPPAWARDS
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Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.