Siyuan Niu

The iPhone Photography Awards (iPPA) is a yearly competition that sees some incredible photographs submitted, which were all captured on an iPhone. The winners for 2016 have been unveiled and the standard has never been higher. Submissions were received from 139 countries worldwide and awards for first, second, and third place were handed out in 19 separate categories.

Photographers were able to take advantage of all he different elements found in the world for their entry. Categories included: abstract, animals, architecture, children, flowers, food, landscape, lifestyle, nature, news & events, other, panorama, people, portrait, seasons, still life, sunset, travel, and trees.

The grand prize winner of Photographer of the Year for 2016 was named Siyuan Niu of China for his entry The Man and the Eagle. It's a beautiful close-up shot of man with his trusty companion.

Siyuan Niu

First place was awarded to Patryk Kuleta of Poland for his submission from his series the Modern Cathedrals.

Patryk Kuleta

Robin Robertis of the United States took second place for her entry titled She Bends with the Wind.

Robin Robertis

Finally, third place went to Carolyn Mara Borlenghi of the United States for the entry from her series Wonderland.

Carolyn Mara Borlenghi

It's interesting to see just how camera technology is advancing in smartphones, and how Apple's own development pays off when its hardware can achieve such exquisite results as displayed in this year's iPhone Photography Awards. Think you have what it takes for 2017? Be sure to check out the official website for submission details and more.