Winners of Mobile Photography Awards Showcase the Creative Possibilities of Smartphones

Ibis Standing on a Wall

“Eyeing Ibis” by Glenn Homann (Australia). MPA Photographer of the Year.

Over the course of 12 years, the annual Mobile Photography Awards have proved the staying power of taking photos with your phone. According to the contest, they received a record number of entries this year, with talented smartphone photographers submitting their work across 12 categories. In the end, it was Australian photographer Glenn Homann who wowed the judges with an exceptional portfolio of imagery that spans landscapes, portraits, and architecture.

Homann's incredible work shows his versatility, as well as his ability to use vivid color, dramatic lighting, and compelling compositions across many genres of photography.

“We were thrilled to see such incredible work from Glenn and all of the photographers who submitted to this year's MPA,” says Daniel Berman, the founder of the Mobile Photography Awards. “Glenn's work truly captures the essence of what mobile photography is all about—the ability to create stunning images anytime, anywhere, using only a smartphone.”

With thousands of entries from mobile photographers in 80 countries, the expert judging panel had the arduous task of narrowing down the field to a list of winners. The final result is a strong group of creative photographers who are pushing the boundaries of what is possible with a smartphone and proving that they aren't limited by the equipment they carry around in their pockets.

The Mobile Photography Awards continues to develop and evolve along with technology. This is clearly evident with the introduction of a special category for AI images. By honoring the work of the creators, the awards acknowledge that our world is changing and that even visuals created with AI deserve recognition.

Scroll down to see more category winners as well as some of our favorite images from Homann's portfolio.

Australian photographer Glenn Homann won the 12th annual Mobile Photography Awards for his versatile portfolio.

Creative Mobile Photography by Glenn Homann

“Cross Here” by Glenn Homann (Australia). MPA Photographer of the Year.

Lone Tree in a Field

“There by Glenn Homann (Australia). MPA Photographer of the Year.

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“Curve D” by Glenn Homann (Australia). MPA Photographer of the Year.

Mobile Portrait of an Older Man with a Beard

“Old Mate” by Glenn Homann. Winner, Portraits & Self-Portraits. MPA Photographer of the Year.

Thousands of images from photographers in 80 countries were entered into the competition.

Artistic Landscape Photography with a Mobile Phone

“The Scenery After the Rain” by Wang Hsiu Ling. Winner, Water, Snow, Ice.

Miner Standing on Cliff at Ijen Volcano

“Miners of Ijen Volcano” by Chen Lin. Winner, Travel/Adventure & Transport.

Mobile Macro Photo of an Insect

“Eyes” by Fabio Sartori. Winner, Macro & Details.

Man Hiking in a Cave with Sunlight Filtering Through

“Geocentric Exploration” by Zhengjie Wu. Winner, Landscapes & Wildlife

Silhouette of a bird on a red wall

“Spirit of City” by Michel Kharoubi. Winner, The Darkness, Noir.

Man sitting in a car outside of a house that's on fire

“Indifference” by Konstantin Chalabov. Winner, Street Photography.

The awards pride themselves on “highlighting the power and potential of mobile photography.”

Happy Nuns Walking on the Beach

“Nunset2” by Daniela Calo. Winner, People.

Silhouette of a Man with a Cane Behind a Spray of Water

“Heart of Water” by Yue Qiu. Winner, Silhouettes

Black and white photo of a boy standing on an elephant

“Washing Elephant, Chitwan” by Shuolong Ma. Winner, Black & White.

Artistic Black and White Photo of Woman and a Flying Bird

“Flight Pattern” by Heather McAlister. Winner, Visual FX & Digital Art.

Mobile Phone Architectural Photography

“Steel. Glass. And All That Jazz” by Dorota Yamadag. Winner, Architecture, Design, Still Life

For the first time, the contest also included a category for AI photography.

AI Image of a Seabed

“Souls of the Ancient Sea Bed #5” by John Nieto. Winner, AI (Artificial Intelligence).

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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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