Whilst most of us stick to badly lit and poorly composed photos of gourmet dishes we’re served (and the occasional selfie) when it comes to taking a picture on our phone, those with a certain amount of talent can product world class artistic efforts instead. The annual iPhone Photography Awards have recognised the bridge between phones and cameras, honouring the images that belie their medium.
This year, thousands of images were submitted from photographers across 139 countries. With winners selected after several steps of judging, these are the four photographers that stood out above the rest:
Siyuan Niu, China – Grand Prize Winner, Photographer of the Year
Siyuan Niu was born in 1980 and lives in China in the Xinjiang Province.
Man and the Eagle
“The brave and wise Khalkhas live along the mountains in the south of Xinjiang and are companions with the eagles. They regard eagles as their children and train them for many years to hunt. This 70 year old man is rigid and solemn in front of family and friends, but when he is with his beloved eagle, the corner of his mouth would curve up. When the eagles reach mating age, although he is very reluctant, the man releases the eagles back into nature so that they can thrive. A mild heart and exquisite love are covered by his weather-beaten face. He is a tough man with a tender heart.”
Patryk Kuleta, Poland – 1st Place, Photographer of the Year
Patrick Kuleta was born in Poland in 1978. After graduating from the Academy of Fine Arts in Lodz, he moved to Warsaw and began working as a freelance graphic designer. During this time he also discovered the beauty of photography and of frame-by-frame animation.
“Most of my shots come from Warsaw and one from Strasbourg. The idea was to make it more impressionistic, to show architecture in a completely different way that combines my background in graphic design and painting.”
Robin Robertis, United States – 2nd Place, Photographer of the Year
Robin Robertis travels the world to capture unique and emotionally compelling images. Robin strives to create artwork that invokes deep emotional and magical places found only in the unconscious dreams of those who dare to peek behind the curtain of day-to-day life.
She Bends with the Wind
“I was on a iPhone workshop and reunion with a friend and teacher in Cape Cod. We all went out to photograph the the perfect sunset. I tend to bring a few things when I travel, one being this wonderful red umbrella. When others shoot the sunsets and beautiful scenery, I like to photograph some human aspects in these scenes.”
Carolyn Mara Borlenghi, United States – 3rd Place, Photographer of the Year
Carolyn Mara Borlenghi is a conceptual photographer living and working in Miami. Carolyn has exhibited in many galleries in the United States and at PhotoFest Houston, and her work has been published in PDN magazine, Saplings Magazine and B&T Australia, among others.
“This image was taken as part of a series I did for instagram’s #WHPwonderland. Each weekend when the hashtag project comes out I try to come up with an idea and this particular weekend, the weekend before Christmas, was wonderland. For this one I went on a little adventure with my son to the beach and we wore the reindeer masks.”
To see all of the winners in each of the individual categories, head over to the IPPA website here.