Top iPhone photos show waning app addiction

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Edward Adams

@Edward Adams, courtesy IPPA.

Julio Lucas, IPPA photographer of the year.

@Julio Lucas, courtesy IPPA.

Athena Tan

@Athena Tan, courtesy IPPA.

Coco Liu

@Coco Liu, courtesy IPPA.

Craig Harvey

@Craig Harvey, courtesy IPPA.

Sofija Strindlund

@Sofija Strindlund, courtesy IPPA.

Lee Atwell

@Lee Atwell, courtesy IPPA.

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Michael O'Neal

@Michael O'Neal, courtesy IPPA.

Gerard Collett

@Gerard Collett, courtesy IPPA.

Danny Van Vuuren

@Danny Van Vuuren, courtesy IPPA.

Brandon Kidwell

@Brandon Kidwell, courtesy IPPA.

Cocu Liu

@Cocu Liu, courtesy IPPA.

Kenan Aktulun founded the iPhone Photography Awards (IPPA) the same year the smartphone launched, when the idea that taking great pics with a camera phone was still pretty optimistic.

Seven years later, iPhone photography has developed to the point of documenting New York Times war coverage and tops four out of five of the most-used cameras on Flickr.

This year’s IPPA winners cover a suitably broad range of the world (54 photographers from 17 countries) and topics ranging from kids and architecture to landscapes and food.

Here’s How To Snap Award-Winning Pics With Your iPhone [Interview]

2008 IPPA winner Michael Hopkins.
2008 IPPA winner Michael Hopkins.

In the five years since the iPhone Photography Awards (IPPA) launched, the iPhone camera has gone from disappointing to out-snapping Nikon as the most popular camera on Flickr.

As the March 31 deadline for this year’s award approaches, IPPA founder Kenan Aktulun talks to Cult of Mac about his favorite pics, the distinction between good and great iPhone photos and why apps may not help you create them.