The annual iPhone Photography Awards have recognized the most interesting images taken with an iPhone for the last nine years. This year’s winners have been recently unveiled, so it’s interesting to take a look at what different iPhone generations can produce when it comes to their photography abilities.
This year, the grand prize went to Chinese photographer Siyuan Niu for an image called “Man and the Eagle”. The image depicts a 70-year-old that is normally “rigid and solemn”, but when he is with this “beloved eagle”, things are different.
In an interview with the TIME magazine, Niu revealed that the image was taken with an iPhone 5S and post-processed on Snapseed after a VSCO filter was applied.
“The brave and wise Khalkhas live along the mountains in the south of Xinjiang and are companions with the eagles. They regard eagles as their children and train them for many years to hunt. This 70-year-old man is rigid and solemn in front of family and friends, but when he is with his beloved eagle, the corner of his mouth would curve up.
When the eagles reach mating age, although he is very reluctant, the man releases the eagles back into nature so that they can thrive. A mild heart and exquisite love are covered by his weather-beaten face. He is a tough man with a tender heart.”
The next award went to Patryk Kuleta from Poland for his photo “Modern Cathedrals”. This kind of architecture photography is combined with Kuleta’s background in graphics design and painting.
Below you can find a few more of this year’s winning images.