“On Inle Lake” by Dan Liu on Apple iPhone11 ProMax. Winner of the Silhouettes category. Dan Liu is also the 2020 Grand Prize Winner and the MPA Photographer of the Year 2020. (Photo: Dan Liu/Mobile Photography Awards)
Great photographs are at our fingertips with the ever-improving camera phones in our pockets. However, no matter the megapixels, it still takes patience and technical skill to create amazing pictures with a smartphone. The 10th annual Mobile Photography Awards (MPA) has announced the winning images across a range of categories in addition to the prestigious titles of Grand Prize Winner and the MPA Photographer of the Year 2020.
Phone photography has become one of the most accessible digital art forms, as an increasing number of people are able to take high-resolution images with ease. For the 2020 awards, the jury selected 20 thematic category winners from 5,700 submitted photos hailing from more than 75 countries. Other photographs have received subsidiary awards and honorary mentions. Winners were also announced in a photo essay category, for which Juliet Cope took home the top prize for her stunning depiction of boyhood and masculinity.
The 2020 Grand Prize Winner and the MPA Photographer of the Year 2020 goes to Dan Liu, who also won the Silhouettes category. Liu is a freelance photographer and artist who explores the human condition and landscape photography. Shot with an Apple iPhone11 ProMax, his images show his subjects in the midst of a story.
Liu's work was a clear winner for the judges. According to jury member Rodrigo Rivas, “Without a doubt, his mastery of composition, perspective, light, emotion in actions and portraits; together with a good choice of the decisive moment, make him worthy of the award.” For this honor, Liu received a $3,000 prize.
Explore more of the honored images displayed on the MPA website and get inspired by the stunning shots that can come from your mobile phone.
The Mobile Photography Awards has announced the winners of the 2020 awards.
Image from “Hot Dust & The Myth of Being a Man” by Juliet Cope. Winner of the Photo Essay category. (Photo: Juliet Cope/Mobile Photography Awards)
“The Beauty of Arches” by Mona Jumaan. Winner of the Architecture category. (Photo: Mona Jumaan/Mobile Photography Awards)
“Cantonese Opera II” by Queenie Cheen. Winner of the Eyes of the World category. (Photo: Queenie Cheen/Mobile Photography Awards)
“Look Back” by Rohan Sajeev. Winner of the People category. (Photo: Rohan Sajeev/Mobile Photography Awards)
“Small Town Protest” by Stephanie Calabrese. Winner of the Photo Journalism category. (Photo: Stephanie Calabrese/Mobile Photography Awards)
“The New Norm” by Leigh Darilek. Winner of the Self-Portrait category. (Photo: Leigh Darilek/Mobile Photography Awards)
“Horse Play” by Alessandra Manzotti. Winner of the Black & White category. (Photo: Alessandra Manzotti/Mobile Photography Awards)
“Deer Hidden in the Forest” by Jian Cui. Winner of the Nature and Wildlife category. (Photo: Jian Cui/Mobile Photography Awards)
“Duo” by Fabio Sartori. Winner of the Macro and Details category. (Photo: Fabio Sartori/Mobile Photography Awards)
“Morgan In Pink” by Michelle Simmons. Winner of the Portraits category. (Photo: Michelle Simmons/Mobile Photography Awards)
“Movie Night” by John Nieto. Winner of Digital Fine Art category. (Photo: John Nieto/Mobile Photography Awards)
“Stuart Street – Boston” by Jeff Larason. Winner of the Street Photography category. (Photo: eff Larason/Mobile Photography Awards)
“Late Night” by George Koutsouvelis. Winner of The Darkness category. (Photo: George Koutsouvelis/Mobile Photography Awards)
“Untitled” by Chen Ma. Winner of the Transportation category. (Photo: Chen Ma/Mobile Photography Awards)
“Lake Baikal” by Juan Zas Espinosa. Winner of the Landscapes category. (Photo: Juan Zas Espinosa/Mobile Photography Awards)
“San Clemente” by Roger Clay. Winner of the Water/Snow/Ice category. (Photo: Roger Clay/Mobile Photography Awards)
“Reverence” by Jinyi He. Winner of the Travel and Adventure category. (Photo: Jinyi He/Mobile Photography Awards)