Stunning Winners of the 2018 iPhone Photography Awards

iPhone Portrait Photography

“Eye to Eye” by Huapeng Zhao (China). Photographer of the Year, Second Place. “I met this boy while walking at the seaside. When I was trying to take a picture of him, he put the fish he caught in front of his eye.” Shot on iPhone 6.

The winners of the 11th annual iPhone Photography Awards (IPPAWARDS) have been announced. Photographers from over 140 countries submitted their best work—taken with an iPhone—for consideration, with Bangladeshi photographer Jashim Salam taking home the grand prize of Photographer of the Year for his photograph Displaced. 

Winners from around the world were awarded across 18 different categories that demonstrate the creative capabilities of the iPhone. Whether taking newsworthy, editorial images of current events or getting artistic with abstract photography, there was something for everyone. Interestingly, a look at the countries of the top photographers demonstrates just how diffuse the iPhone is around the world. Oman, Argentina, the United States, Lebanon, Spain, Australia, and China are just some of the countries represented in the winner's circle.

The IPPAWARDS is the longest running iPhone photography competition, and each year the bar has been raised. “iPhone users have become very fluent in visual storytelling,” said IPPAWARDS founder Kenan Aktulun. “This year’s photos were technically impressive and many of them were very personal.”

Take a look at the winners of the 2018 iPhone Photography Awards, which had entries by photographers from over 140 countries.

IPPAWARDS 2018 Winner

“Displaced” by Jashim Salam (Bangladesh). Photographer of the Year Grand Prize. “Rohingya children watching an awareness film about health and sanitation near Tangkhali refugee camp in Ukhiya.” Shot on iPhone 7.

2018 iPhone Photography Awards

“Baiana in yellow and blue” by Alexandre Weber (Switzerland). Photographer of the Year, First Place. “The picture was taken in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil, spontaneously, after a truck drove by. The woman with traditional clothes of a ‘baiana', was looking after the truck, during her work break.” Shot on iPhone 6S

iPhone Photography Awards

“Salamah” by Scott Woodward (Singapore). First Place – Portrait. “Moken village elder, Salamah, wearing his handcarved wooden dive goggles on the beach at Au Bon Yai, a tiny island community of about 300 sea gypsies off the coast of Phang Nga, Thailand.” Shot on iPhone 6S.

Pet Photography with an iPhone

“‘Django' Old man baby dog” by Robin Robertis (United States). First Place – Animals. “Django is a Shaolin Temple Terrier, born
and raised in a Buddhist monastery in the northern province of Hunan China. Django likes long walks on the beach and listening to Miles Davis.” Shot on iPhone 7 Plus

Architectural iPhone Photography

“Rampage” by Massimo Graziani (Italy). First Place – Architecture. “A stair ramp from Rome in Via Allegri.” Shot on iPhone 7 Plus.

2018 iPhone Photography Awards

“Iftar Amongst the Ruins” by Mohammed Badra (Syria). First Place – News & Events. “During a lull in the bombings, Syrians gather, seated on a long 1200-meter row of tables set up amongst the ruins of Douma, for a public Iftar, the evening meal at the end of the daily Ramadan fast.” Shot on iPhone 7.

2018 iPhone Photography Awards

“Human vs. Nature” by Charles Thomas (United States). First Place – Landscape. “I’ve always been fascinated with the view out of an airplane window. On this afternoon, I was lucky enough to get a window seat on a return trip from Las Vegas. I watched the landscape slowly transform from cityscape to rows of identical suburban houses, to surreal desert-scape.” Shot on iPhone 8 Plus

2018 iPhone Photography Awards

“Spray Fury” by Melisa Barrilli (Canada). First Place – Children. “My daughter was wearing her ballet leotard and she was spraying her siblings and herself.” Shot on iPhone 5S


“Posers” by Jonas Wyssen (Switzerland). First Place – People. “Brazilian tourist posing in front of a small Catholic chapel taking a tourists photo.” Shot on iPhone 7 Plus.


“Icebergs” by Mateusz Piesiak (Poland). First Place – Panorama. “In summer the sun is above the horizon nearly all day where Vatnajökull glacier meets the Atlantic Ocean.” Shot on iPhone 6 Plus.

iPhone Photography Awards

“Dandelion sunset” by Sara Ronkainen (Finland). First Place – Sunset. “In central Finland, where summer days are long and sunsets beautiful. I was out walking by a lake one evening, and saw dandelions floating in the breeze. Feeling inspired, I picked one, held it up and used it as a filter through which to capture the last rays of the day’s sun.” Shot on iPhone 5s.

2018 iPhone Photography Awards

“Silk Road” by Anna Aiko (Japan/France). First Place – Travel. “This photo was taken on the first day of my departure for the desert of Gobi, on
the Silk Road. On the road I got lost with my two Mongolian men, driver and guide, and we found ourselves in this area known for the very first traces of dinosaurs. The atmosphere was magical, in the vast desert with plains and mountains.” Shot on iPhone 6S.

2018 iPhone Photography Awards

“Road of Tuscany” by Lidia Muntean (Romania). First Place – Trees. “This photo was taken near Pienza and Montalcino.” Shot on iPhone 7 Plus.

iPhone Photography Awards

“Diner” by Fiona Bailey (United Kingdom). First Place – Still Life. Shot on iPhone 7.

2018 iPhone Photography Awards

“Morning Fog” by Sukru Mehmet Omur (France). First Place – Nature. Shot on iPhone 6S

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Contributing Writer and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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