Apple has released a selection of its handpicked favorite Night mode pictures taken by iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max users from around the world.
The six winning images were selected by a panel of judges out of thousands of submissions worldwide. The winning photographers hail from China, India, Russia and Spain. You can check out the pick of the pics below:
The panel of judges included photographers Malin Fezehai, Tyler Mitchell, Sarah Lee, Alexvi Li, Darren Soh, Brooks Kraft, and Apple employees Phil Schiller, Kaiann Drance, Jon McCormack and Arem Duplessis.
The best Night mode pictures
Night mode photography was one of Apple’s big features with last year’s iPhone 11 handsets. Compared to other cameras (including previous iPhones), the new iPhones do a great job of pulling out details in low-light situations.
Apple put out the call for amateur (and professional) Night mode photographers earlier this year. The competition was open to anyone snapping their pictures on an iPhone 11-series device. The competition closed January 29.
The winning entries will be featured in a gallery on Apple’s website, its Instagram page, and globally on Apple billboards. While Apple could arguably do a bit better on the prizes, winning photographers will get remunerated for their efforts. “Apple believes strongly that artists should be compensated for their work and will pay a licensing fee to the five winning photographers for use of such photos on Apple marketing channels,” Apple explained at the time the contest was announced.
This Night mode contest is just the latest in Apple’s long-running “Shot on iPhone” ad campaign. The crowdsourced ad campaign shows off photos taken on an iPhone by regular people. Back in 2015, the jury at the Outdoor Lions competition at Cannes praised the campaign as “not just a great idea, [but] a game-changer.”