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1. Amazing Pictures from the iPhone Photography Awards
The winners of the 8th annual iPhone Photography Awards have been announced and wow are some of the shots absolutely stunning. Founded in 2007 soon after the iPhone first launched the awards looks to reward photographers who've ditched their camera in favour of the Apple smartphone. This year saw thousands of images submitted by iPhone photographers from 120 countries around the world. Winners are selected by jury members in a multi step process and The Photographers of the Year are then awarded. The three Photographers of the Year Awards this year go to Michal Koralewski of Poland David Craik of the United Kingdom and Yvonne Lu of the United States. The 1st 2nd and 3rd places in 19 categories were awarded to 57 photographers. "This year s entries were especially impressive ranging from intimate thought provoking moments to stunning captivating imagery " said IPPAWARDS creator Kenan Aktulun. "We d like to congratulate all of our winners who once again showed the ability of the iPhone to take astonishing photographs." And their prize? The three Photographer of the Year Award winners will receive an Apple Watch Sport. The first place winner in each category will be awarded a Gold Bar from the most recognisable private gold mint in the world.
2. Micha Koralewski Kozieg owy Poland 1st Place
You can find a striking moment when you least expect it if your eyes are open to it. Michal Koralweski came across one of those moments as he strolled through a market square in Warsaw and spotted an accordionist playing traditional Polish songs. As soon as he saw the bearded musician he knew he had to take the photo. His face was the first thing I noticed Koraweski says so expressive and beautiful in it s own way. It was like an open book. You could almost read his life story from the wrinkles. He was able to get the image he wanted without disturbing the rich atmosphere by snapping the shot with his iPhone. Koraweski who resides in the old and beautiful Polish city of Pozna? tries to pick up inspiration everywhere he goes. Even when he s walking the same streets every day he ll look for new angles intriguing lighting or distinct moods. He s also interested in using his art to illuminate the emotions of people around him. Although he s busy with two demanding jobs and three energetic children he keeps his eyes open and ready to find the next captivating image.
3. David Craik Surrey United Kingdom 2nd Place
The only restriction on a photographer is the photographer s own imagination according to David Craik. This philosophy shines through in his photo of Starlings that had come to snatch the crumbs off his table at a coastal caf? in the United Kingdom. While a photo of birds may seem ordinary the compelling image Craik created is astonishingly unique. After the first bird landed and I saw the shadow on the white wall behind it he explained I knew this was a great image to be captured. Now it was just a case of operating the iPhone properly and finding the best composition. Craik s experience as a wildlife photographer showed him that you can rarely force a photo to happen. Patience is key and can pay off in enormously rewarding ways. Some may think I m mad he said but one of the most exciting things about wildlife photography is the waiting. His inspiration often comes from compositions shapes colors emotions and subjects he hasn t experienced before. He s also inspired by the work of other photographers. For him it s not about re creating the same images but rather imagining an entirely different photo that conveys the feeling he just experienced.
4. Yvonne Lu New York United States 3rd Place
It s all about those unique and sometimes surprising moments along the journey for Yvonne Lu who captured a quiet yet captivating image of a couple on a train. She noticed the pair as she travelled along the Hudson Valley River on her way home to New York City. Lu was taken by the beauty of this scene just a few seats away from her own and silently snapped the shot. The couple she explains looks like they don t need anything else in the world. I also found the romantic vintage feel very entrancing. The two looked as if they could be coming back from a movie set. She relies on the iPhone to capture moments like these because it lets her take pictures quietly without disturbing her subjects. She also loves the ability to post her photos to social sites like Instagram and share them with the world instantly. Lu whose Chinese name is Yichieh is a Taiwan born fine arts photographer who currently resides in New York.
5. Ben Schuyler Seattle WA United States 1st Place Abstract
There are times when two disparate images like this natural setting and the woman in the blue robe come together to form a beautiful image. Ben Schuyler took this photo as part of a series called Come All Ye Saints. Born and bred in the Pacific Northwest Schuyler has reportedly spent his life drinking coffee hiking the Cascade Mountains and breathing in the salty air of the Puget Sound. He is currently traveling America to document life on the road for his project When the Road is Home an exploration of mobile living.
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