These award-winning iPhone photos put your snaps to shame

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The iPhone photograph to beat this year.
Photo: Michał Koralewski

Thanks to its constant improvements and the fact that we carry it around virtually everywhere we go, the iPhone has become our de facto camera over the past few years.

But while most of us use our iOS devices for little more than taking Facebook snaps, the annual IPP (iPhone Photography) Awards are a reminder of just how gorgeous our mobile pics can look.

Simply put, there’s no excuse!

This year’s competition was won by Michal Koralewski’s above moody black-and-white portrait of an accordionist in Warsaw.

“His face was the first thing I noticed,” Koralewski notes, “so expressive and beautiful in it’s own way. It was like an open book. You could almost read his life story from the wrinkles.”

The competition rules state that all images must be taken with an iPhone, iPod or an iPad, and cannot be altered using a desktop image processing program such as Photoshop, although photo-editing apps and add-on lenses are okay.

What this year’s competition shows more than anything, though, is that for the most part users are happy enough with their Apple hardware that they don’t feel the need to tweak the images they get using the kind of heavy filtering you get on Photoshop.

Second place winner David Craik from the UK.
Second place winner David Craik from the U.K.
Photo: David Craik
Third place winner Yvonne Lu from New York.
Third place winner Yvonne Lu from New York.
Photo: Yvonne Lu

Apple is well aware of just how important photography is to its users — as evidenced by its crowdsourced “Shot on iPhone 6” ad campaign, which showed off some of the best iOS photography taken by regular users.

And given that the iPhone 6s is allegedly set to receive a massive camera upgrade, we don’t expect this trend to turn around in the near future, either.

So get snapping!

Source: IPPAwards