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It turns out that the 2021 winner of the iPhone Photography Awards used an iPhone 7

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Istvan Kerekes from Hungary took this photo, entitled Transylvanian Shepherds, on an iPhone. Kerekes won the main prize and the award for photographer of the year at the iPhone Photography Awards 2021.

Istvan Kerekes / IPP Awards

With rumored iPhone 13 just around the corner and iOS 15 now available as a public beta, there’s a lot to look forward to when it comes to the iPhone from Apple. But every year for the past 14 years, the iPhone Photography Awards take a moment to look back and announce the winners of the competition. This year’s awards recognize the outstanding photographs taken over one of the most soul-stirring years that humanity as a whole has seen.

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.

iphone photography awards 2021 winners

Other winners include Sharan Shetty from India, who won the First Place Photograph of the Year award for this photo, titled Bonding. The black and white picture shows a man and the horse comforting each other in the middle of an empty landscape.

Sharan Shetty / IPP Awards

iphone photography awards 2021 winners

Dan Liu from China won the second-floor award for this untitled photo taken with an iPhone 11 Pro Max. It shows an astronaut crossing a Mars-like desert.

Dan Liu / IPP Awards

iphone photography awards 2021 winners

This year’s photographer for third place went to Jeff Rayner in the USA for this photo, Side-Walking on Air. The black and white image, taken with an iPhone X, shows a young girl who appears to be weightless in her own spotlight.

Jeff Rayner / IPPAWARDS

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.

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