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What you need to know

  • The winners of this year's iPhone Photography Awards have been announced.
  • Hungarian photojournalist Istvan Kerekes won the Grand Prize and Photographer of the Year.
  • You can see all the stunning images from 17 different categories.

The annual winners of the 2021 iPhone Photography Awards (IPPA) have today been announced.

In a press release IPPA today stated:

Today, we proudly announce the winners of the 2021 iPhone Photography Awards (IPPAWARDS). The 14th Annual Awards recognize photographs taken over a remarkable year of grief and loneliness, but despite a global pandemic, the winning images all glimpse moments of beauty, hope, and the endurance of the human spirit.

The Grand Prize and this year's Photographer of the year award was given to Istvan Kerekes for his Transylvanian Shephers image, seen below:

Istvan IppaSource: Istvan Kerekes / IPPA

More winners from across the globe were also announced:

First Place Photographer of the Year Award goes to Sharan Shetty of India for his image, Bonding, where a man and his horse commune in an empty landscape, offering each other comfort and soft words. The Second Place prize is for Dan Liu of China and his A Walk on Mars image of an astronaut traversing a desolate Martian-esque landscape, sparking questions about our relationship to worlds beyond our own. And the Third Place Photographer of the Year Award goes to Jeff Rayner of the United States for his photo, Side-Walking on Air, a portrait of a young girl aloft and weightless in a pool of light on her Los Angeles sidewalk.

Awards were given in 17 categories and handed out to participants from Australia, Austria, Greece, Italy, Mexico, Spain, Sweden, the UK, and the U.S. What might surprise you is that of 54 winning shots, only seven were taking on the iPhone 12 or iPhone 12 Pro Max, which proves you don't need the best iPhone available to take stunning photos, one was even taken on an iPhone 5S!

The next annual competition is already open for entry, and the winner will receive an iPad Air, and some other very exciting prizes:

Prizes: All entries compete for the prestigious IPPA Photographer of the Year Award title. A grand prize winner will receive an iPad Air and the top 3 winners will each receive an Apple Watch Series 3. The 1st place winner of the 18 categories will win a Gold Bar from the most recognizable private gold mint in the world. The 2nd and 3rd place winners of the 18 categories will win a Platinum Bar from the most recognizable private gold mint in the world.*

You can see all the winning photos here.