with himjust around the corner and There’s a lot to look forward to in terms of Apple’s iPhone. But every year for the past 14 years, the iPhone Photography Awards takes some time to look back and announce the winners of its competition. This year’s awards recognize outstanding photographs taken in one of the most soul-shaking years collectively seen by humanity.
The winning photos share expressions of grief, separation, hope and beauty. Among the thousands of photos taken and submitted with an iPhone, grand prize winner and photographer of the year award goes to Hungarian photojournalist István Krekes. His photo, the Transylvanian Shepherd, was taken on an iPhone 7 and shows a cold wasteland contrast with two world-weary men, one of whom is a lamb. And that lamb looks pretty content.
The iPhone Photography Awards began in 2007 to celebrate the creativity of iPhone photographers. Thousands of drawings from over 140 countries were submitted and the winners were selected by a jury.
At Nerdshala, we focus on the technical aspects of phone cameras. We want to understand what phone cameras can and cannot do and whether a phone lives up to its marketing hype. These photos, many of which aren’t taken with the latest iPhone 12 Pro Max or even the iPhone 11, are reminders that it’s the photographer who creates the photos.
The top three winners in an additional 17 categories were awarded to photographers from other countries, including Australia, Germany, Bangladesh, Greece, Italy, Israel, the Netherlands, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Spain and Sweden. You can see all the photos of the 2021 winning photographers on the iPhone Photography Awards website.