You won't believe these images were all captured using an iPhone!

Winners from the 2022 IPPA iPhone Photography awards
The Kid of Mosul, Shot on iPhone 11 (Image credit: Antonio Denti / IPPAWARDS)

Smartphones are becoming a huge part of documenting the world around us and our daily lives, forever watching and listening, whether we want them to be or not. Most of us carry our smartphones around all day, in our pockets wherever we go – to work, to lunch, to bed, on vacation, and even to the bathroom (don't deny it)! And in carrying the best camera phone everywhere, we also tend to take lots of photos.

The iPhone Photography Awards (IPPA) showcase exemplary work that has been captured all over the world solely using Apple's iPhone devices, and this year’s winning shots depict the beauty of rising out of isolation, while honoring the role played by photography in its ability to build bridges across our lost connections.

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The idea of using smartphones for photography instead of "proper" professional cameras has often been a contemporary debate among photographers, but the iPhone Photography Awards exist to disprove the misconception that smartphone cameras aren't as capable. Last year an image shot using an iPhone 7 took home the top honors at the IPPA, plus a photography award and a bar of gold!

Winning the Grand Prize this year was Antonio Denti from Italy, receiving the award for his image titled The Kid of Mosul, depicting a moment of tenderness juxtaposed by the dusty rubble of an ongoing war, shot using his iPhone 11

The interesting thing about this image, is that while it's certainly striking, and well-composed, the glass reflection within the middle of the image is very prominent and unmissable, you can clearly decipher that the photographer captured the image from the window of some sort of vehicle or car, with what looks like another van just behind it.

The reason this is interesting is because the reflection adds raw originality and certifies that the image was taken using a smartphone, as arguably the aperture settings and depth of field found on DSLR and mirrorless cameras would usually (but not always) blur out this reflection, depending upon the lens used, so it's refreshing to see an image with this noticeable reflection almost appearing like an accidental double exposure that further supplements the story behind the shot. 

Anti-social Distancing - Shot on iPhone 12 Pro (Image credit: Rachel Sela / IPPAWARDS)

The First Place Photographer of the Year Award 2022 was awarded to Rachel Sela from Sweden for her image titled Anti-Social Distancing, which elevates the usual process of wearing a face covering and "masking up" almost into an act of rebellious theater.

Her subject is fully covered up, even to the point of blindness as the mask sits behind his glasses, with what looks like toilet paper perfectly draped over the gentlemen to replicate the look of a winter scarf. 

Girl with the Violin - Shot on iPhone 13 Pro (Image credit: Kelley Dallas / IPPAWARDS)

The Second Place Photographer of the Year prize was awarded to Kelley Dallas from the United States for his image of a Girl with the Violin. This beautiful shot uses natural light and leading lines perfectly, proving that you don't need an expensive studio setup to capture fantastic raw images. 

Photographer of the Year in Third Place was awarded to Glenn Homann from Australia for his photo, Wasted, featuring a rubbish skip placed in a rural area. 

Wasted - Shot on iPhone 11 Pro (Image credit: Glenn Homann / IPPAWARDS)

Three top place winners were chosen in an additional 16 categories, awarded to photographers from almost every corner of the world, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Egypt, France, Greece, India, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, San Marino, Poland, United Kingdom, United States.

Founded in 2007, the IPPA is the first and longest running iPhone photography competition, celebrating the creativity of iPhone photographers and selecting the very best shots among thousands of images submitted by iPhone photographers from more than 140 countries around the world. 

Winners from the 2022 IPPA iPhone Photography awards

Untitled - Shot on iPhone 12 Pro Max, 2nd Place winner in the Animals category (Image credit: Sanjay Chauhan / IPPAWARDS)

Winners from the 2022 IPPA iPhone Photography awards

Over the Overpass - Shot on iPhone 12 Pro Max (Image credit: Yongmei Wang / IPPAWARDS)

The awards has been described by Vogue as the "Oscars of mobile photography". Be sure to check out the full winners gallery to see the IPPA images submitted from previous years.

Cows - Shot on iPhone 11 Pro Max, 1st Place winner in the Animals category (Image credit: Pier Luigi Dodi / IPPAWARDS)

The first step to capturing great images with your iPhone involves making sure it's protected! Check out our guides to the best phone cases for your iPhone: 

Best iPhone 14 Pro Max cases
Best iPhone 14 Pro cases
Best iPhone 14 Plus cases
Best iPhone 14 cases
Best iPhone 13 Pro Max cases
Best iPhone 13 Pro cases
Best iPhone 13 cases
Best iPhone 12 cases
Best iPhone 12 Pro cases
Best iPhone 11 cases
Best iPhone 11 Pro cases
Best iPhone 11 Pro Max cases
Best camera lens protectors for  iPhone 14 Pro & Max

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Beth Nicholls
Staff Writer

A staff writer for Digital Camera World, Beth has an extensive background in various elements of technology with five years of experience working as a tester and sales assistant for CeX. After completing a degree in Music Journalism, followed by obtaining a Master's degree in Photography awarded by the University of Brighton, she spends her time outside of DCW as a freelance photographer specialising in live music events and band press shots under the alias 'bethshootsbands'.