The Best iPhone Photographs of 2016

The 9th annual IPPA Awards (iPhone Photography Awards) has announced the winners for 2016, revealing a collection of eclectic mix of shots selected from thousands of entries from across the globe.

Siyuan Niu of China clenched the Grand Prize with his beautiful photograph titled Man and the Eagle (see below). Runners-up include Patryk Kuleta of Poland, Robin Robertis of the United States and Carolyn Mara Borlenghi also of the United States.

Take a look at the winning photographs below, then head to IPPA’s website to see all of the shots from this year’s competition.

The Best iPhone Photographs of 2016
Photo: Man and the Eagle by Siyuan Niu – Grand Prize Winner

Siyuan Niu was born in 1980 and lives in China in the Xinjiang Province.

“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.”

Photo: Patryk Kuleta - 1st Place
Photo: Modern Cathedrals by Patryk Kuleta – 1st Place

Patrick Kuleta was born in Poland in 1978. After graduating from the Academy of Fine Arts in Lodz, he moved to Warsaw and began working as a freelance graphic designer. During this time he also discovered the beauty of photography and of frame-by-frame animation.

“Most of my shots come from Warsaw and one from Strasbourg. The idea was to make it more impressionistic, to show architecture in a completely different way that combines my background in graphic design and painting.”

Photo: Robin Robertis - 2nd Place
Photo: She Bends with the Wind by Robin Robertis – 2nd Place

Robin Robertis travels the world to capture unique and emotionally compelling images. Robin strives to create artwork that invokes deep emotional and magical places found only in the unconscious dreams of those who dare to peek behind the curtain of day-to-day life.

“I was on a iPhone workshop and reunion with a friend and teacher in Cape Cod. We all went out to photograph the the perfect sunset. I tend to bring a few things when I travel, one being this wonderful red umbrella. When others shoot the sunsets and beautiful scenery, I like to photograph some human aspects in these scenes.”

Photo: Carolyn Mara Borlenghi - 3rd Place
Photo: Wonderland by Carolyn Mara Borlenghi – 3rd Place

Carolyn Mara Borlenghi is a conceptual photographer living and working in Miami. Carolyn has exhibited in many galleries in the United States and at PhotoFest Houston, and her work has been published in PDN magazine, Saplings Magazine and B&T Australia, among others.

“This image was taken as part of a series I did for instagram’s #WHPwonderland. Each weekend when the hashtag project comes out I try to come up with an idea and this particular weekend, the weekend before Christmas, was wonderland. For this one I went on a little adventure with my son to the beach and we wore the reindeer masks.”