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iPhone Challenge shows beautiful photos captured by smartphones around the world

Christian Fleetwood

Christian Fleetwood

Apple’s latest ‘Shot on iPhone Challenge’ reveals the best photography in the Apple community, showcasing the creative power of smartphones in the digital age.

Here’s Travel Weekly’s personal favourites from the top 10, which can be viewed in full on Apple’s official release by clicking here.

A stunning portrait by Elizabeth Scarrott (US), iPhone 8 Plus. IG: @liz.scarrott
A stunning portrait by Elizabeth Scarrott (US), iPhone 8 Plus. IG: @liz.scarrott

The winning shots came from a range of models, from iPhone XS Max to iPhone 7, and were critiqued by an international panel of judges. Alex Jiang’s shot won best overall for its composition, colour and sense of story.

This year's winner, shot by Alex Jiang. IG: @justphotons
This year’s winner, shot by Alex Jiang (US), iPhone Xs Max. IG: @justphotons

With its latest challenge, Apple has shown what the iPhone is creatively capable of, and truly sets the bar on the possibilities of mobile travel-photography.

Shot by Blake Marvin. IG: @blakemarvin
Shot by Blake Marvin (US), iPhone Xs Max. IG: @blakemarvin

Prejudice surrounding the use of smartphones for photography is slowly dissipating, with motion-pictures like Tangerine (directed by Sean Baker) and Steven Soderbergh’s horror-thriller Unsane filmed entirely on iPhones, as the technology shows its capabilities as a creative tool.

Shot by Darren Soh (Singapore). IG: @darrensohphoto
Shot by Darren Soh (Singapore), iPhone Xs Max. IG: @darrensohphoto

The smartphone photography movement has shown that one of the only limitations to this technology is creativity.

Shot by Nikita Yarosh (Belarus), iPhone 7. IG: @yarosh.nikita_
Shot by Nikita Yarosh (Belarus), iPhone 7. IG: @yarosh.nikita_

Never in the history of photography has it been easier to capture images on-the-go, point-and-shoot: in the moment, as it happens, in high-definition.

Shot by Dina Alfasi (Israel), iPhone X. IG: @dinalf
Shot by Dina Alfasi (Israel), iPhone X. IG: @dinalf

Featured image credit: Robert Glaser (Germany), iPhone 7. Instagram: @yungbrioche

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