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Photographer of the year, grand prize: Rohingya children watching an awareness film about health and sanitation near the Tangkhali refugee camp in Ukhia, Bangladesh. Shot with an iPhone 7. (Jashim Salam/IPPA)

Photographer of the year, first place: The woman wearing the traditional clothes of a “baiana” takes a work break in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil. Shot with an iPhone 6S. (Alexandre Weber/IPPA)

The iPhone Photography Awards were created 11 years ago when the popularity of taking photos with an iPhone started to increase. Every year, the competition receives thousands of submissions. Photographers can enter images in 20 categories, including news and events, landscape, still life and travel. In addition to the winners chosen from those categories, the judges also award two “photographer of the year” prizes: grand prize and first place. The competition is the first and longest-running competition for people taking photos with their iPhones (or iPads).

Kenan Aktulun, the founder of the awards, told In Sight why he created the event:

“I started the awards as a hobby when I got my first iPhone. I’ve been doing photography and working in the user experience design field for long time. I was fascinated by changing user behavior with the introduction of the iPhone. Almost every iPhone user I observed was using the camera for capturing moments. They were not necessarily thinking about photography but taking snapshots of the moments that meant something to them. My idea was to create a platform to celebrate the creativity of the iPhone users.”

This year’s grand prize for photographer of the year was awarded to Jashim Salam, and first place went to Alexandre Weber.

A documentary photographer based in Bangladesh, Salam is a graduate of Pathshala, the South Asian Media Institute. He holds a postgraduate diploma in visual journalism and was a beneficiary of the World Press Photo at the Konrad Adenauer Asian Center for Journalism at Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines.

Weber is a 47-year-old anthropologist who studies the history of art. He is an avid traveler who uses his iPhone to take pictures as he visits places. You can see more of Salam’s work here and here, and more of Weber’s work here.

You can find out more about the competition on its website. Here are the rest of the first-place winners in the other categories.


First place, abstract: Cardboard scraps in black and white at an industrial space in Brisbane, Australia. Shot with an iPhone X. (Glenn Homann/IPPA)

First place, animals: Django is a Shaolin temple terrier, born and raised in a Buddhist monastery in China’s Hunan province. Shot in Carlsbad, Calif., on an iPhone 7 Plus. (Robin Roberts/IPPA)

First place, architecture: A stair ramp in Rome. Shot with an iPhone 7 Plus. (Massimo Graziani/IPPA)

First place, children: Shot in Toronto with an iPhone 5S. (Melisa Barrilli/IPPA)

First place, floral. Shot in Santa Barbara, Calif., with an iPhone 7. (Alison Helena/IPPA)

First place, landscape: Shot with an iPhone 8 Plus from an airplane window on a flight from Las Vegas. (Charles Thomas/IPPA)

First place, lifestyle: A mother of three shows her style in Madrid. Shot with an iPhone 7. (Natalia Garces/IPPA)

First place, nature: Morning fog in Toulouse, France. Shot with an iPhone 6S. (Sukru Mehmet Omur/IPPA)

First place, news and events: During a lull in the bombings, Syrians gather among the ruins of Douma for a public iftar, the evening meal at the end of the daily Ramadan fast. Shot with an iPhone 7. (Mohammed Badra /European Pressphoto Agency/IPPA)

First place, other: Shot with an iPhone SE at the 39th annual Wright Kite Festival in Kill Devil Hills, N.C. (Amy Nelson/IPPA)

First place, panorama: The Vatnajokull glacier meets the Atlantic Ocean in Iceland. Shot with an iPhone 6 Plus. (Mateusz Piesiak/IPPA)

First place, people: Tourists in front of a small Catholic chapel at Carneiros Beach in Brazil. Shot with an iPhone 7 Plus. (Jonas Wyssen/IPPA)

First place, portrait: Moken village elder Salamah wears his hand-carved wooden dive goggles on the beach at Au Bon Yai, a tiny island community off the coast of Thailand. (Scott Woodward/IPPA)

First place, series: This photo is part of a series shot in San Francisco and Paris with an iPhone X. (Coco Liu/IPPA)

First place, still life: A London diner, shot with an iPhone 7. (Fiona Bailey/IPPA)

First place, sunset: Shot in Jyvaskyla, Finland, with an iPhone 5S. (Sara Ronkainen/IPPA)

First place, travel: Taken en route to the Gobi Desert on the Silk Road in Mongolia. Shot with an iPhone 6S. (Anna Aiko/IPPA)

First place, trees: Shot in Val d’Orcia in Italy’s Tuscany region. Shot with an iPhone 7 Plus. (Lidia Muntean/IPPA)

*Editor’s note. This post has been updated to include comments by the founder of the iPhone Photography Awards.

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