Here Are the Winners of the 12th Annual iPhone Photography Awards

The iPhone Photography Awards (IPPAWARDS) have announced the winners of this year’s competition, and the Grand Prize Winner in the category of Photographer of the Year went to 23-year-old Gabriella Cigliano of Napoli, Italy.

One of the judges called the 2019 winners “off the charts great” and said the work “pulls the planet together through photographs.”

Gabriella Cigliano of Italy takes home the Grand Prize Winner and Photographer of the Year Award for her photograph Big Sister, taken in Zanzibar on an iPhone X.

Big Sister, Gabriella Cigliano Last year I spent a month in Wasa, Tanzania, teaching a class of young, curious and amazing guys. Before heading back to Italy we stopped in Zanzibar, where this photo was taken. I still wonder how could I capture that exact moment in all its beauty. I was just observing, a few meters from them, but they were probably more curious about me than I was about them, and that’s probably why the girl was looking at me. We couldn’t talk much, except for a few words in Swahili I had learned in the previous weeks, but those kids could definitely talk with their eyes. It was one of the most beautiful things I’ve seen in my life, and I’ll keep it in my memories forever. The best part was showing them and their mums the photos, for some it was the first time they were seeing their faces, and their excitement was unexplainable, unfortunately my iPhone was in their hands and I couldn’t capture that!

Diogo Lage of Portugal and his image Sea Stripes — taken with an iPhone SE — wins the first place Photographer of the Year Award.

Sea Stripes, Diogo Lage Sea Stripes was taken in Santa Rita Beach, Portugal where the striped beach tents are very typical and set the tone of the well organized and summery little villages. Playing along with this beachy mood, a bather in the distance embodies the spirit in a striped shirt.

Yuliya Ibraeva of Russia and her photo Sorry, no movie today — shot on an iPhone 7 Plus — comes in second.

Sorry, no movie today, Yuliya Ibraeva It was a hot summer day in Rome, Italy, even the asphalt was melting. We decided to escape from the city center to see the ancient trees of the Borghese Gardens and watch an Italian movie, but when we arrived the pouring rain began. We didn’t see the film, but I took wonderful pictures. It was great travel moment I’ll never want to forget.

Peng Hao of China and her iPhone X-shot Burning Man photograph Come Across take third place.

Come Across, Peng Hao I took this photo in the desert in Nevada, USA, at the Burning Man festival. I stood on a bridge and saw two people lost in a sand storm, but after a while, something very special came along, a huge silver ball.

You can check out all the winners of this year’s iPhone Photography Awards over at their website.