The Winners of the 2020 iPhone Photography Awards Prove You Don’t Need a Fancy Professional Camera to Take Great Pictures. See Their Work Here

The 13th edition of the prize competition brought in thousands of submissions from around the world.

Grand Prize Winner, Photographer of the Year: Dimpy Bhalotia, Flying Boys (2020). Shot on iPhone X.
Grand Prize Winner, Photographer of the Year: Dimpy Bhalotia, Flying Boys (2020). Shot on iPhone X.

Who says you need expensive equipment and years of art-school training to make beautiful pictures?

The winners of the 2020 iPhone Photography Awards show that all you really need is a smart phone and a keen eye.

Since the inception of the awards in 2007, the ubiquitous Apple product has come a long way. It is not only able to accommodate augmented-reality technology, it was also used to create a five-hour-long advertisement featuring a labyrinthine tour of Russia’s Hermitage Museum, shot in just one take.

The 13th edition of the award competition brought in thousands of submissions from around the world, which were winnowed down into 18 categories, in addition to the main “Photographer of the Year” group.

Among those categories are ones for animal photographs, portraits, travel pictures, and still lifes.

This year’s Photographer of the Year is Dimpy Bhalotia, a UK-based street photographer who captured a striking image of three boys leaping from a wall into the Ganges River.

See more award-winning photographs below.

1st Place, Photographer of the Year: Artyom Baryshau, <i>No walls</i> (2020). Shot on iPhone 6.

1st Place, Photographer of the Year: Artyom Baryshau, No walls (2020). Shot on iPhone 6.

2nd Place, Photographer of the Year: Geli Zhao, <i>Untitled</i> (2020). Shot on iPhone XS Max.

2nd Place, Photographer of the Year: Geli Zhao, Untitled (2020). Shot on iPhone XS Max.

3rd Place, Photographer of the Year: Saif Hussain, <i>Sheikh of youth</i> (2020). Shot on iPhone X.

3rd Place, Photographer of the Year: Saif Hussain, Sheikh of youth (2020). Shot on iPhone X.

1st Place, Landscape: Liu Dan, Untitled (2020). Shot on iPhone XS Max.

2nd Place – Landscape: Nico Brons, Duned (2020). Shot on iPhone 11Pro Max.

3rd Place – Landscape: Dominic Dähncke, The Cloud (2020). Shot on iPhone 8 Plus.

1st Place – Still Life: Joao Cabaco, <i>The Wine Bottle and the Seven Chouriços</i> (2020). Shot on iPhone XR.

1st Place – Still Life: Joao Cabaco, The Wine Bottle and the Seven Chouriços (2020). Shot on iPhone XR.

2nd Place – Still Life: Kristan Cruz, Winding down (2020). Shot on iPhone X.

3rd Place – Still Life: Shinya Itahana, <i>84,000 statues of Yakushi Nyorai</i> (2020). Shot on iPhone SE.

3rd Place – Still Life: Shinya Itahana, 84,000 statues of Yakushi Nyorai (2020). Shot on iPhone SE.


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