Not everybody can be Annie Leibovitz, and that's fine. Plenty of people are making do by applying a keen eye for stunning visuals to an iPhone screen. And there's a contest where these folks are recognized for doing just that.
For the past seven years, the iPhone Photography Awards has been showcasing some of the most amazing photos taken by camera phones around the world. Thousands of Apple addicts enter each year, from hobbyists to serious photographers, submitting their images for consideration. The photos come in 17 categories including Architecture, Sunsets, and Food. (But not Selfie, yet, despite seemingly overwhelming demand.) The only rule is that the images can't be photoshop'd in any way, though iPhone and iPad apps are fair game.
The first place Photographer of the Year award went to Florida-based Julio Lucas, whose image of icy ridges reveals a stunning command of shadow play and depth of field. Have a look at more of the images in the slides above.
H/t to My Modern Met
Slideshow Credits: 01 / © JULIO LUCAS, Bradenton, FL United States; 03 / © JILL MISSNER Ridgefield, CT United States; 04 / © MICHAEL ONEAL, San Francisco, CA United States; 05 / © NAOMI WU, New Taipei City, Taiwan; 06 / © TEDDY COHEN, Tel Aviv, Israel; 07 / © JUANA CHAVES, Madrid, Spain; 08 / © BRANDON KIDWELL, Jacksonville, FL United States; 09 / © LAUREN SMITH, Pensacola, FL United States; 10 / © MELISA BARILLI, York, Ontario, Canada; 11 / © YILANG PENG, Madison, WI United States; 12 / © MONICA GANTER, Glenside, PA United States; 13 / © COCU LIU, Chicago, IL United States; 14 / © COCU LIU, Chicago - IL United States; 15 / © EDWARD ADAMS, Pebworth, Warwickshire United Kingdom; 16 / © MARIKO KLUG, Erding, Germany; 17 / © FELICIA PANDOLA, Providence, RI United States; 18 / © ADRIENNE PITTS, London, United Kingdom; 19 / © DRAGOS BARDAC, Bucharest, Romania; 20 / © ELENA GRIMAILO, Moscow, Russia;