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Winning images from the 2020 iPhone Photography Awards

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The winners are in for the 2020 iPhone Photography Awards (IPPAWARDS), and this year's 13th annual competition continues to show us just what's possible with good light, an eye for a dynamic subject and, of course, the best iPhones (opens in new tab).

The awards represent the best of smartphone photography around the world, and the dozens of winning photographs reflect powerful world views. 

These stunning entries also prove that you don't need the latest iPhone – with some champions still shooting on models as early as the iPhone 4!

There are 18 categories of imagery overall, and the winning scenes range from vast landscapes to a single tree, from city streets to remote desolation, from toil and hardship to a private moment of joy in the sun.

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2020 iPhone Photographer of the Year

Grand Prize winner Dimpy Bhalotia, iPhone X (Image credit: Dimpy Bhalotia, 2020 iPhone Photography Awards)
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The Grand Prize and accolade of iPhone Photographer of the Year was awarded to street photographer Dimpy Bhalotia from the United Kingdom for her image Flying Boys.

Top three iPhone Photographers of the Year

The first, second and third place Photographer of the Year Awards went to Artyom Baryshau from Belarus with No Walls, where blue stripes fade into an even bluer sky; Geli Zhao from China for an untitled image of sheets catching wind on a cloudy day; and Saif Hussain from Iraq with Sheikh Of Youth, a portrait of an elderly man caught between aspects of himself.

1st place iPhone Photographer of the Year, iPhone 6 (Image credit: Artsiom Baryshau | 2020 iPhone Photography Awards)
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2nd place iPhone Photographer of the Year, iPhone XS Max (Image credit: Geli Zhao | 2020 iPhone Photography Awards)
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3rd place iPhone Photographer of the Year, iPhone X

3rd place iPhone Photographer of the Year, iPhone X (Image credit: Saif Hussain | 2020 iPhone Photography Awards)

Category winners

Top-three winners in 18 categories were also awarded to photographers in all corners of the world, including Australia, Bahrain, Belarus, Canada, China, Colombia, France, Hong Kong, Italy, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Netherlands, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Taiwan, the United Kingdom and the United States.

(Image credit: Glenn Homann | 2020 iPhone Photography Awards)
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(Image credit: Xiaojun Zhang | 2020 iPhone Photography Awards)
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(Image credit: Tu Odnu | 2020 iPhone Photography Awards)
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(Image credit: Haiyin Lin | 2020 iPhone Photography Awards)
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(Image credit: Leo Chan | 2020 iPhone Photography Awards)
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(Image credit: Dan Llu | 2020 iPhone Photography Awards)
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(Image credit: Mona Jumaan | 2020 iPhone Photography Awards)
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(Image credit: Kaiwen Jiang | 2020 iPhone Photography Awards)
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(Image credit: Audrey Blake Calvani | 2020 iPhone Photography Awards)
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Find out more and enter next year's Awards

To see all of the winning images from this year's competition, visit the IPPA website (opens in new tab)

You can also find out how to enter your own images for next year’s 14th annual iPhone Photography Awards (opens in new tab).

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Lauren is the Managing Editor of Digital Camera World, having previously served as Editor of Digital Photographer (opens in new tab) magazine, a practical-focused publication that inspires hobbyists and seasoned pros alike to take truly phenomenal shots and get the best results from their kit. 


An experienced photography journalist who has been covering the industry for over eight years, she has also served as technique editor for both PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine (opens in new tab)PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine and DCW's sister publication, Digital Camera Magazine (opens in new tab)


In addition to techniques and tutorials that enable you to achieve great results from your cameras, lenses, tripods and other photography equipment, Lauren can regularly be found interviewing some of the biggest names in the industry, sharing tips and guides on subjects like landscape and wildlife photography, and raising awareness for subjects such as mental health and women in photography.