iPhone Photo Awards winners are so incredible they put your snaps to shame

MIND-BLOWING winning snaps from the annual iPhone Photo Awards have been revealed – and it's hard to believe they were taken on a mobile.

The competition is described as the 'Oscars of mobile photography', and only allows photos taken with an iPhone or iPad.

And sadly, they put most of our Instagram efforts to shame.

Dozens of incredible photographs scooped top peruses across a host of categories.

It just goes to show how skilled snappers can capture stunning images even on smartphones.

And it proves that today's mobiles are equipped with seriously impressive cameras – though snappers were allowed to use mobile apps and add-on lenses to improve their shots.

Photos entered into the competition can't be published anywhere other than your own social media, and compete in categories like animals, panoramas and nature.

All snappers also compete for four Photographer of the Year prizes too, but there are more than 60 winning entries in total.

This year, the Grand Prize winner was UK-based photographer Dimpy Bhalotia, who spends her days snapping the streets of London.

Her winning snap was taken on an iPhone X in Banaras, India – capturing boys leaping through the air.

There are loads of standout shots featured in the competition, however.

Ana Aiko captured an impressive shot of a dog on desert sands in the United Arab Emirates using an iPhone X.

And Haiyin Lin snapped an amazing shot of the Duomo di Milano in Italy using an iPhone X.

The iPhone Photography Awards were founded in 2007, and choose the best shots from thousands of images and more than 140 countries around the world.

Here are the rest of the winning snaps from the 2020 competition:

iPhone photography tips – how to take better snaps today

Here's what you need to know…

  • Use Depth Control on iPhone XS, XR, 11 or 11 Pro to adjust background blur as much or as little as you want
  • Adjust exposure in the Camera app on any iPhone by tapping on the screen and swiping up or down to lighten or darken exposure
  • In Live Photos on iPhone you can change the Key Photo manually by opening Edit to select the preferred frame
  • In Settings/Camera turn on Grid to use the Grid to compose the shot by the rule of thirds – a guideline for composing visual images with key elements along the gridlines or intersections
  • You might be familiar with shooting a horizontal panorama with your iPhone but you can also shoot a vertical Pano. Start by holding your phone in landscape, select Pano in the Camera app, tap the arrow to make sure it’s at the bottom and slowly shoot moving upwards


In other news, there's a huge new iPhone update coming to your device.

We were also very impressed by the new MacBook Air.

Take a look at these amazing iPhone tips and tricks.

And read our guide to the hidden secrets of FaceTime on your iPhone.

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