“This year’s entries were especially impressive ranging from intimate, thought-provoking moments to stunning, captivating imagery,” said IPPAWARDS creator Kenan Aktulun. “We’d like to congratulate all of our winners who once again showed the ability of the iPhone to take astonishing photographs.”
Here are the top three photos...
Michal Koralewski: Picking Up Inspiration Everywhere (1st Place)
You can find a striking moment when you least expect it if your eyes are open to it. Michal Koralewski came across one of those moments as he strolled through a market square in Warsaw and spotted an accordionist playing traditional Polish songs. As soon as he saw the bearded musician, he knew he had to take the photo.
“His face was the first thing I noticed,” Koralewski says, “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.” He was able to get the image he wanted without disturbing the rich atmosphere by snapping the shot with his iPhone.
[Image ©Michal Koralewski. Creative Commons. Website]
David Craik: Shooting Images Never Seen Before (2nd Place)
The only restriction on a photographer is the photographer’s own imagination according to David Craik. This philosophy shines through in his photo of Starlings that had come to snatch the crumbs off his table at a coastal café in the United Kingdom.
While a photo of birds may seem ordinary, the compelling image Craik created is astonishingly unique. “After the first bird landed and I saw the shadow on the white wall behind it,” he explained, “I knew this was a great image to be captured. Now it was just a case of operating the iPhone properly and finding the best composition.”
[Image ©David Craik. Used with permission. Website]
Yvonne Lu: Capturing Moments Along the Journey (3rd Place)
It’s all about those unique and sometimes surprising moments along the journey for Yvonne Lu, who captured a quiet yet captivating image of a couple on a train. She noticed the pair as she travelled along the Hudson Valley River on her way home to New York City.
Lu was taken by the beauty of this scene just a few seats away from her own and silently snapped the shot. “The couple,” she explains, “looks like they don’t need anything else in the world. I also found the romantic, vintage feel very entrancing. The two looked as if they could be coming back from a movie set.”
[Image ©Yvonne Lu. Used with permission. Website]
Awards were also given in to 57 photographers in 19 categories. They represented countries far and wide including Australia, Canada, China, Croatia, Ecuador, Egypt, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Israel, Kuwait, Malaysia, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, the United Kingdom and the United States.
The three Photographer of the Year Award winners will receive an Apple Watch Sport. The first place winner in each category will be awarded a Gold Bar from the most recognizable private gold mint in the world.
To check out some of the other amazing submissions, hit the link below, scroll down to the bottom and select a category.