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Mind-blowing iPhone Photo Awards will make you ashamed of your Instagram

APPLE has revealed dozens of photos you won’t believe were taken on an iPhone.

The winners of the annual 2021 iPhone Photography Awards will give you serious Instagram envy.

Picture of the Year WINNER – Istvan Kerekes

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Picture of the Year WINNER – Istvan KerekesCredit: iPhone Photography Awards 2021
Picture of the Year 1 – Sharan Sherry

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Picture of the Year 1 – Sharan SherryCredit: iPhone Photography Awards 2021

This year marks the 14th awards event, showcasing photos taken using a range of different iPhone models.

And it just goes to show that even with a smartphone, you can still take professional-grade snaps that will make your pals jealous.

“The 14th Annual Awards recognise photographs taken over a remarkable year of grief and loneliness,” said an IPPA Awards spokesperson.

“But despite a global pandemic, the winning images all glimpse moments of beauty, hope and the endurance of the human spirit.”

The top prize went to photojournalist Istvan Kerekes, from Hungary.

His photo of two shepherds in a rugged industrial landscape, and carrying lambs, wowed judges.

But there were dozens of photos that won prizes in different categories.

It proves that today’s mobiles are equipped with seriously impressive cameras – though snappers were allowed to use mobile apps and add-on lenses to improve their shots.

Photos entered into the competition can’t be published anywhere other than your own social media, and compete in categories like animals, panoramas and nature.

Here are the remaining winners…

Picture of the Year 2 – Dan Liu

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Picture of the Year 2 – Dan LiuCredit: iPhone Photography Awards 2021
Picture of the Year 3 – Jeff Rayner

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Picture of the Year 3 – Jeff RaynerCredit: iPhone Photography Awards 2021
Abstract 1 – Glenn Homann

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Abstract 1 – Glenn HomannCredit: iPhone Photography Awards 2021
Abstract 2 – Bei Xiao

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Abstract 2 – Bei XiaoCredit: iPhone Photography Awards 2021
Abstract 3 – Matteo Lava

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Abstract 3 – Matteo LavaCredit: iPhone Photography Awards 2021
Animals 1 – Laila Bakker

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Animals 1 – Laila BakkerCredit: iPhone Photography Awards 2021
Animals 2 – Elizabeth Burns

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Animals 2 – Elizabeth BurnsCredit: iPhone Photography Awards 2021
Animals 3 – Theresa Lee

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Animals 3 – Theresa LeeCredit: iPhone Photography Awards 2021
Architecture 1 – Yuexiang Wang

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Architecture 1 – Yuexiang WangCredit: iPhone Photography Awards 2021
Architecture 2 – Yayun Liu

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Architecture 2 – Yayun LiuCredit: iPhone Photography Awards 2021
Architecture 3 – Tao He

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Architecture 3 – Tao HeCredit: iPhone Photography Awards 2021
Children 1 – Dong Wei

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Children 1 – Dong WeiCredit: iPhone Photography Awards 2021
Children 2 – Iakovos Draculis

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Children 2 – Iakovos DraculisCredit: iPhone Photography Awards 2021
Children 3 – Diego Moreno

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Children 3 – Diego MorenoCredit: iPhone Photography Awards 2021
City Life – Liz Huang

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City Life – Liz HuangCredit: iPhone Photography Awards 2021
City Life 3 – Anne Ghory-Goodman

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City Life 3 – Anne Ghory-GoodmanCredit: iPhone Photography Awards 2021
City Life 2 – Lisi Li

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City Life 2 – Lisi LiCredit: iPhone Photography Awards 2021
Environment 1 – Einat Scteckler

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Environment 1 – Einat SctecklerCredit: iPhone Photography Awards 2021
Environment 2 – Glenn Homann

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Environment 2 – Glenn HomannCredit: iPhone Photography Awards 2021
Environment 3 – Song Han

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Environment 3 – Song HanCredit: iPhone Photography Awards 2021
Landscape 1 – Lizhi Wang

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Landscape 1 – Lizhi WangCredit: iPhone Photography Awards 2021
Landscape 2 – Jialin Liu

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Landscape 2 – Jialin LiuCredit: iPhone Photography Awards 2021
Landscape 3 – ShiTian Zhang

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Landscape 3 – ShiTian ZhangCredit: iPhone Photography Awards 2021
Lifestyle 1 – Mahabub Hossain Khan

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Lifestyle 1 – Mahabub Hossain KhanCredit: iPhone Photography Awards 2021
Lifestyle 2 – Keith Brofsky

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Lifestyle 2 – Keith BrofskyCredit: iPhone Photography Awards 2021
Lifestyle 3 – Helbich Poschacher

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Lifestyle 3 – Helbich PoschacherCredit: iPhone Photography Awards 2021
Nature – Christian Horgan

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Nature – Christian HorganCredit: iPhone Photography Awards 2021
Nature 2 – Mohan Wang

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Nature 2 – Mohan WangCredit: iPhone Photography Awards 2021
Nature 3 – Marton Tordai

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Nature 3 – Marton TordaiCredit: iPhone Photography Awards 2021
Other 1 – Zerry Song

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Other 1 – Zerry SongCredit: iPhone Photography Awards 2021
Other 2 – Carlotta Consonni

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Other 2 – Carlotta ConsonniCredit: iPhone Photography Awards 2021
Other 3 – Pavlo Kyryliuk

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Other 3 – Pavlo KyryliukCredit: iPhone Photography Awards 2021
Panorama – Gabriele Rodriquez

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Panorama – Gabriele RodriquezCredit: iPhone Photography Awards 2021
Panorama 2 – Matthew Lahtinen

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Panorama 2 – Matthew LahtinenCredit: iPhone Photography Awards 2021
Panorama 3 – Andre Skagervik

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Panorama 3 – Andre SkagervikCredit: iPhone Photography Awards 2021
People – Christian Horgan

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People – Christian HorganCredit: iPhone Photography Awards 2021
People 2 – Shuo Li

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People 2 – Shuo LiCredit: iPhone Photography Awards 2021
People 3 – Alessandra Manzotti

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People 3 – Alessandra ManzottiCredit: iPhone Photography Awards 2021
Portrait 1 – Krysten Crabtree

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Portrait 1 – Krysten CrabtreeCredit: iPhone Photography Awards 2021
Portrait 2 – Juliet Cope

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Portrait 2 – Juliet CopeCredit: iPhone Photography Awards 2021
Portrait 3 – Quim Fabregas Elias

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Portrait 3 – Quim Fabregas EliasCredit: iPhone Photography Awards 2021
Series 1 – Erin Brooks

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Series 1 – Erin BrooksCredit: iPhone Photography Awards 2021
Series 1 – Erin Brooks

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Series 1 – Erin BrooksCredit: iPhone Photography Awards 2021
Series 1 – Erin Brooks

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Series 1 – Erin BrooksCredit: iPhone Photography Awards 2021
Series 2 – Dina Alfasi

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Series 2 – Dina AlfasiCredit: iPhone Photography Awards 2021
Series 2 – Dina Alfasi

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Series 2 – Dina AlfasiCredit: iPhone Photography Awards 2021
Series 2 – Dina Alfasi

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Series 2 – Dina AlfasiCredit: iPhone Photography Awards 2021
Series 3 – Haibao Tong

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Series 3 – Haibao TongCredit: iPhone Photography Awards 2021
Series 3 – Haibao Tong

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Series 3 – Haibao TongCredit: iPhone Photography Awards 2021
Series 3 – Haibao Tong

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Series 3 – Haibao TongCredit: iPhone Photography Awards 2021
Still Life 1 – Kunkun Liu

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Still Life 1 – Kunkun LiuCredit: iPhone Photography Awards 2021
Still Life 2 – Hexiang Zhou

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Still Life 2 – Hexiang ZhouCredit: iPhone Photography Awards 2021
Still Life 3 – Yi Liao

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Still Life 3 – Yi LiaoCredit: iPhone Photography Awards 2021
Sunset 1 – Claire Droppert

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Sunset 1 – Claire DroppertCredit: iPhone Photography Awards 2021
Sunset 2 – Enhua Ni

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Sunset 2 – Enhua NiCredit: iPhone Photography Awards 2021
Sunset 3 – Danette Spriggs

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Sunset 3 – Danette SpriggsCredit: iPhone Photography Awards 2021
Travel 1 – Tatiana Merzlyakova

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Travel 1 – Tatiana MerzlyakovaCredit: iPhone Photography Awards 2021
Travel 2 – Dina Alfasi

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Travel 2 – Dina AlfasiCredit: iPhone Photography Awards 2021
Travel 3 – Talib Almarri

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Travel 3 – Talib AlmarriCredit: iPhone Photography Awards 2021

iPhone photography tips

How to take better snaps today…

  • Use Depth Control on recent iPhone models to adjust background blur as much or as little as you want
  • Adjust exposure in the Camera app on any iPhone by tapping on the screen and swiping up or down to lighten or darken exposure
  • In Live Photos on iPhone you can change the Key Photo manually by opening Edit to select the preferred frame
  • In Settings/Camera turn on Grid to use the Grid to compose the shot by the rule of thirds – a guideline for composing visual images with key elements along the gridlines or intersections
  • You might be familiar with shooting a horizontal panorama with your iPhone but you can also shoot a vertical Pano. Start by holding your phone in landscape, select Pano in the Camera app, tap the arrow to make sure it’s at the bottom and slowly shoot moving upwards

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