Winning photos share expressions of sadness, isolation, hope and beauty. Of the thousands of photographs that were taken with an iPhone and submitted, the prize winner and recipient of the award for photographer of the year goes to the Hungarian photojournalist Istvan Kerekes. His picture, Transylvanian Shepherds, was taken on an iPhone 7 and shows a contrast to a cold, barren country populated by two world-dressed men, both with lambs. And those lambs look quite happy.
The iPhone Photography Awards started in 2007 to celebrate the creativity of iPhone photographers. Thousands of photos from more than 140 countries were submitted and winners were chosen by the jury.
At CNET, we focus on the technical aspects of telephone cameras. We want to understand what phone cameras can and cannot do, and whether a phone lives up to its marketing hype. These photos, many of which have not been taken with the latest iPhone 12 Pro Max or even an iPhone 11, are reminders that the photographer is making the photo.
The three best winners in another 17 categories were awarded to photographers from Australia, Germany, Bangladesh, Greece, Italy, Israel, the Netherlands, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Spain and Sweden. You can see all the photos from the 2021 winning photographers on the iPhone Photography Awards website.
Photos from some of the winners of the 2021 iPhone Photography Awards
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