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The winners of the 2021 iPhone Photography Awards are here. After reviewing thousands of photographs, submitted by photographers from 140 countries, the jury made their decision. The standard was high, and the winners are proof of that. âOn the founder of the IPPA, Kenan Aktulun. In this article, we’ll take a look at each of the winning images and offer our thoughts.
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Istvan Kerekes: Winner of the iPhone Photography Awards Grand Prize
Working from Hungarian, Istvan Kerekes won first prize with this image he took on his iPhone 7. The photograph consists of two Transylvanian shepherds, holding what appear to be two lambs.
We appreciate the overall balance of this photograph. We love the way one shepherd supports his lamb on his shoulders, while the other holds him firmly in his arms. The pair of men look like they’ve worked hard and tired, but they’re still going strong. There is a simplicity in this photograph that makes it pleasing to the eye. A worthy grand prize winner! We’re curious how it would have worked as a square crop.
Sharan Shetty: First Photographer of the iPhone Photography Awards
The first prize goes to Shara Shetty from India. She used her iPhone X to create this beautiful moment of bond between a man and his horse.
The story playing in our minds is this: a man and his horse, lost in the middle of nowhere, with many kilometers still to go before reaching civilization. They are exhausted from travel and deflated by what awaits them. The couple reunite, offering support and compassion. This is a beautiful photograph of Shetty, and worthy of the first place at the iPhone Photography Awards. We wonder what a slightly different angle might look like.
Dan Liu: Second place winner
So we’re in space, aren’t we? Maybe on Mars? This is what one feels when looking at this photograph taken by Chinese photographer Dan Liu.
We love this photograph. Despite the vast amounts of space surrounding the astronaut, we do not experience a sense of isolation. Instead, we feel the freedom. And the color tone here is gorgeous, especially the hazy blue sky. Our eyes are immediately drawn to the one person in the middle of all the similarity in the picture.
Jeff Rayner: Third place winner
Sometimes when a photo consists of only the essential ingredients, there is no need to complicate the scene. That’s what happens in this picture: good light, simple composition, and a young child expressing himself freely. Cover it with a classic black and white aesthetic and you have a stunning image.
Kudos to Los Angeles photographer Jeff Rayner for using the fundamentals to create this third place-worthy photo.
Congratulations to the winners of the iPhone Photography Awards
Winning a photography competition is not easy. To create a photograph that stands out from the rest, it takes a lot of skill, time and effort. The four photographers above are extremely skilled. And while the awards don’t have to define them, winners should feel confident that they are talented photographers with an excellent reputation in the industry. We can’t wait to see what they have to offer in the future.
Do you create photographs with your iPhone?
If you missed this year IPhone Photography Rewards, don’t worry, there will be another one next year. In the meantime, why not show us what you can do with your iPhone camera? We are always happy to spotlight talented photographers. You can use the form above to submit your work. We can’t wait to see it!
Main image by Dan Liu. All images used with permission.