22 Incredible Winners of the 2023 iPhone Photography Awards

Kid in Messi Shirt Jumping on a Truck

“Heroe” by Ivan Silva (Mexico). Grand Prize Winner. Shot on iPhone 12 Pro in Arandas, Jalisco, Mexico.

Thousands of images were submitted to the 16th annual iPhone Photography Awards (IPPAWARDS), and now the overall and category winners have been announced. All corners of the globe have been recognized in the photo contest, which demonstrates the creative capabilities of iPhone photography. This year's grand prize went to Mexico's Ivan Silva, while photographers from Germany, the United States, and Bosnia and Herzegovina ranked as the top Photographers of the Year.

In addition to the top prizes, the winners of the contest's 14 different categories were also announced. From Travel and Landscape to Portraits and Lifestyle, these individual categories give iPhone photographers an opportunity to shine. Standouts include Skye Snyder's colorful image of a group of flamingos, which won the Animals category, as well as Shusen Jia's image that topped the Lifestyle category. Jia's photo, which shows a bunch of young girls playing around the pool, perfectly captures the spirit of childhood summers.

There were also plenty of black and white photographs there were recognized. These include Tao Fan's haunting image of an old steel plant in Inner Mongolia, as well as Ton Ensing's evocative photo of the sun rising on a farm in the Netherlands.

Check out more of our favorite winners below and browse the full winner's gallery, which includes the top three photos from every category, on the IPPAWARDS website.

The IPPAWARDS have announced the winners of the 16th annual competition.

People walking among pots of soy sauce in Vietname

“Soy Sauce Village” by Thea Mihu (Germany). 1st Place, Photographer of the Year, Shot on iPhone 12 Pro Max in Hung Yen Province, Hanoi, Vietnam


“Once en Rosa” by Skye Snyder (United States), 1st Place, Animals, Shot on iPhone 12 Pro Max in San Diego, California

Great Synagogue in Sydney, Australia

“The Great Synagogue” by Edwin Cabingan (Australia), 1st Place, Architecture, Shot on iPhone 11 Pro Max, Sydney

Young girls playing around a pool in Beijing

“Summer” by Shusen Jia (China), 1st Place, Lifestyle, Shot on iPhone 12 Pro Max in Beijing

Little Girl Holding a Doll on a Tennis Court

“Girl” by Sofia Ershova (United States), 1st Place, Children, Shot on iPhone 13 Pro in Orange County, California

Abstract Photo of Blue Curtain

“The Long Wait” by Tim Wheeler (Sweden), 1st Place, Abstract, Shot on iPhone 7 Plus in Stockholm, Sweden

The contest recognizes the best iPhone photography from around the world.

Karamay, Xinjiang

“Castles in Nature” by Di Lu (China), 2nd Place, Landscape, Shot on iPhone 12 Pro Max in Karamay, Xinjiang

Homes in Fuerteventura, Spain

“Islas Afortunadas” by Alina Rudya (Germany), 2nd Place, Other, Shot on iPhone 12 in Fuerteventura, Spain

Night Photography in Paris

“Last Night before Xmas” by Long Nguyen (France), 1st Place, Travel, Shot on iPhone 12 Pro in Cour du Commerce Saint-André, Paris

iPhone Photography Awards 2023 Winners

“Life in Tube-shaped Building” by Jinsong Hu (China), 1st Place, Cityscape, Shot on iPhone 12 Pro Max in Chongqing, China

Steel and Iron Plant in Inner Mongolia

“Old School Iron and Steel Plant” by Tao Fan (United States), 1st Place, Other, Shot on iPhone 11 in Inner Mongolia

Two overall winners and 14 category winners were announced.

Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana

“Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana” by Leon Wang (United States), 3rd Place, Architecture, Shot on iPhone 12 in Rome, Italy

Kids in China Holding Balloons

“Duet” by Zhang Xiaojun (China), 3rd Place, Children, Shot on iPhone 14 Pro Max in Linhai Zhejiang

Abstract Photo of a Glacier

“Abstract of Glacier” by Neil Nesheim (United States), 2nd Place, Abstract, Shot on iPhone 7 Plus in Herbert Glacier, Alaska

Interior of Home in Hoian, Vietnam

“Viet Memories” by Robert Lie (Indonesia), 1st Place, Still Life, Shot on iPhone 14 Pro Max in Hoian, Vietnam

Elderly Person in Wheelchair Sitting on the Bank of Lake Garda in Italy

“Sunset Years” by Daniel Heilig (Germany), 1st, People, Shot on iPhone 12 Pro Max in Torbole, Italy (Lago di Garda)

iPhone Photography Awards 2023 Winners

“Last Drop” by Ramazan Cirakoglu (Turkey), 1st Place, Portrait, Shot on iPhone 12 in Çorum, Turkey

Nature Photography with an iPhone

“Wonder Wheel” by Scott Galloway (United States), 1st Place, Nature, Shot on iPhone 12 Pro Max in Columbus, Ohio

Black and White Landscape Taken with an iPhone 12

“Early Morning Farm” by Ton Ensing (Netherlands), 1st Place, Landscape, Shot on iPhone 12 Pro in Thesinge, The Netherlands

Kid Lowering a Rope in the Water

“Taming Waves” by Sasa Borozan (Bosnia and Herzegovina). 2nd Place, Photographer of the Year, Shot on iPhone 13 Pro in Sladjenovici, Croatia

Black and White Photo of Architecture in Tucson

“Tucson Morning” by Derek Hager (United States), 3rd Place, Photographer of the Year, Shot on iPhone X in El Pesidio, Tucson, Arizona

IPPAWARDS: Website | Facebook | Instagram

My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by the IPPAWARDS.

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Staff Editor 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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