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Winners of the 2021 iPhone Photography Awards Announced

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Image: “Bonding” by Sharan Shetty, 1st place for “Photographer of the Year”

After evaluating thousands of entries from professional and amateur photographers across the globe, the winners of the 14th annual iPhone Photography Awards (IPPAwards) were announced earlier today.

The iPhone’s prowess in cinematography and capturing rich images is quite well-documented, and the IPPAwards celebrates images shot exclusively on the iPhone by crowning winners across 19 different categories, including ‘Photographer of the Year’.

Hungarian photojournalist Istvan Kerekes bagged the Grand Prize this year for his “Transylvanian Shepherds” — a photo depicting two shepherds making their way through the snowy plains of an industrial area in Târgu Mureș, Romania, carrying lambs, shot on the now five year-old iPhone 7.

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Image: “Transylvanian Shepherds” by Istvan Kerekes, Grand Prize Winner for the 2021 iPhone Photography Awards

India’s Sharan Shetty claimed ‘Photographer of the Year’ for his “Bonding”, shot on the iPhone X. “A Walk on Mars”, a landscape captured by China’s Dan Liu on an iPhone 11 Pro Max, was runner-up in the category. “Side-Walking on Air” by the U.S.’s Jeff Rayner came in third place.

Image: “A Walk on Mars” by Dan Liu, 2nd place for ‘Photographer of the Year’
Image: “Side-Walking on Air” by Jeff Rayner, 3rd place for ‘Photographer of the Year’

The IPPAwards also crowned top-three photographs in a total of 17 other categories, with the winners hailing from all over the world, including Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, China, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Israel, the Netherlands, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

You can view the full collection of winners on the iPhone Photography Awards website.

Last year’s iPhone Photography Awards were also quite interesting, with one winning entry that was shot on the iPhone 4, which is now over a decade old.

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