These Award-Winning iPhone Photos Are Absolutely Breathtaking

Forget investing in an expensive digital camera. Today’s smartphones can produce photos that are just as good. Just look at this year’s first place winners of the iPhone Photography Awards (IPPA) displayed above.

Children, food, travel, and architecture are just some of the 17 categories that are a part of this competition. The winners came from 17 countries including Germany, Hong Kong, Israel, Spain, and the United States.

The IPPA was started in 2007 and has since received thousands of entries from all over the world. The rules state that the photos must be taken with an iPhone, iPad or iPod to be eligible and desktop software is prohibited.

Julio Lucas, an art director and digital strategist from Florida was named Photographer of the Year by the IPPA. His winning photo was taken at Perito Moreno Glacier in Argentina. Lucas says he tries to stay away from filtering his iPhone pictures, adding that he wants his “photos to take on a more traditional form and grant the capture moment to tell the story rather than a manipulation of the moment by the use of too many filters.”

Check out the iPhone photos above, and head over to the IPPAWARDS website to see the rest of the winners.