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Photos: Stunning winners from the 2015 iPhone Photography Awards

With an eight megapixel resolution and sapphire glass lens cover now standard on any version of the iPhone 5 or higher, today’s technology has created a new breed of artist: the iPhone photographer. It may not have the prestige of professional photography yet, but iPhone photography can capture equally impressive material, as these images reveal.

Founded in 2007, the iPhone Photography Awards (IPPAWARDS) celebrate the work of serious photographers and hobbyists alike. The only requirement is that the image be taken on an iPhone, iPod or iPad and that it not be altered in Photoshop or any similar program. A teeny gold bar is awarded to photographers of the winning photos in each of 19 categories. Below, a selection of this year’s most remarkable winners:

1st place, Photographer of the Year

1st Place, Photographer of the Year
(Michal Koralewski/IPPAWARDS)

2nd place, Photographer of the Year

02-David-Craik-2ndPlace-Photographer-of-the-Year
(David Craik/IPPAWARDS)

3rd place, Photographer of the Year

03-Yvonne-Lu-3rdPlace-Photographer-of-the-Year
(Yvonne Lu/IPPAWARDS)

People

16-Song Han – 1st Place-People
(Song Han/IPPAWARDS)

Lifestyle

11-Fabio-Alvarez–1stPlace-LifeStyle
(Fabio Alvarez/IPPAWARDS)

Trees

22-Ruairidh-McGlynn–1stPlace-Trees
(Ruairidh McGlynn/IPPAWARDS)

Sunset

20-Robert-Radesic–1stPlace-Sunset
(Robert Radesic/IPPAWARDS)

Food

09-Xu-Lin–1stPlace-Food
(Xu Lin/IPPAWARDS)

Flowers

08-Amy-Paterson–1stPlace-Flowers
(Amy Paterson/IPPAWARDS)

Still Life

19-Cindy-Buske–1stPlace-StillLife
(Cindy Buske/IPPAWARDS)

Seasons

18-Heather-Goss–1stPlace-Seasons
(Heather Goss/IPPAWARDS)

Travel

21-Ahmed-Solimani–1stPlace-Travel
(Ahmed Solimani/IPPAWARDS)

News Events

13-Jesse-Alkire-1st-Place–NewsEvents
(Jesse Alkire/IPPAWARDS)

Architecture

06-Christian Frank–1stPlace-Architecture
(Christian Frank/IPPAWARDS)

Children

07-Jeremy-Kern–1st Place-Children
(Jeremy Kern/IPPAWARDS)

Abstract

04-Ben-Schuyler–1stPlace-Abstract
(Ben Schuyler/IPPAWARDS)

Others

14-Jose-Luis-Saez-Martinez–1stPlace–Others
(Jose Luis Saez-Martinez/IPPAWARDS)

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