While you’re using your iPhone’s camera to catch Pokémon or to take selfies, others are taking the best iPhone photos in the world. The 2016 iPhone Photography Awards winners have been announced and the iPhone photos featured in this year’s winners’ list are absolute brilliant and beautiful.

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Entries of iPhone photos were submitted from 139 countries. The iPhone Photography Awards were granted in 19 different  categories, with a grand winner being announced too. The categories for best iPhone photos are:

  1. Abstract,
  2. Animals,
  3. Architecture,
  4. Children,
  5. Floral,
  6. Landscape,
  7. Lifestyle,
  8. Nature,
  9. News and Events,
  10. Panorama,
  11. People,
  12. Portrait,
  13. Series (3 images),
  14. Still Life,
  15. Sunset,
  16. Travel,
  17. Trees,
  18. Other and
  19. The Grand Prize

You’re only allowed to submit iPhone photos or photos taken on your iPad, but it doesn’t matter which model. An added-on lens is permitted. You are forbidden from using desktop editing tools like Photoshop, but you can use apps on your phone to edit your iPhone photos like VSCO or Instagram.

This year’s iPhone Photography Awards grand prize winner is Siyuan Niu from China and the photograph is called Man and his Eagle.

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.

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Check out some of the other winners and let us know which of these iPhone photos are your favourite.

First prize for photographer of the year for taking the best iPhone photos goes to Patryk Kuleta from Poland, for his photograph entitled Modern Cathedrals.

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.

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Second place winner for taking beautiful iPhone photos goes to American Robin Robertis for one of his iPhone photos entitled She Bends with the Wind.

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.

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Take a look at the rest of the iPhone photos that won in each category.

The deadline to submit your iPhone photos for next years Awards is 31 March 2017.

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