These award-winning iPhone photos show what you can do with your older model

You would possibly understandably be pining for an iPhone 14, however the iPhone Pictures Awards 2022 has simply landed to proved you do not really want that rumored 48MP digicam to take unbelievable snaps.

The annual competitors, which runs independently from Apple however is now in its fifteenth 12 months, has simply introduced its spectacular winner’s record. And it is not at all dominated by the most recent iPhones, with the winners stretching all the best way again to the iPhone 6S Plus from 2015.

We have executed some tallying up and 44% of the winners have been truly taken on fashions from the iPhone 11 sequence or earlier. That mentioned, essentially the most well-represented telephone by far is the iPhone 12 Professional Max, which was behind 23% of the competitors’s award-winning photographs.

iPhone 12 Pro Max

The iPhone 12 Professional Max, from 2020, was essentially the most well-represented model amongst this 12 months’s iPhone Pictures Awards award winners. (Picture credit score: Apple)

The foundations of the IPPA 2022 awards state that photos “shouldn’t be altered in any desktop picture processing program equivalent to Photoshop”, so how is there such a assorted vary of kinds throughout the classes, from “summary” to “journey”?

That is as a result of the principles do permit you to “use any iOS apps”, which implies a number of the greatest photograph enhancing apps and the greatest digicam apps are nearly actually behind a number of the photographs you can see in our gallery beneath. That mentioned, many photos are additionally doubtless straight “out of digicam” and, collectively, the set exhibits what’s attainable with iPhone cameras, whichever model you have.

Evaluation: Discover a topic and nail the fundamentals

Two iPhones showing portrait photos of men

Our information on how you can take portrait photos with your iPhone incorporates some professional recommendations on getting photographs like those above. (Picture credit score: Future)

Aside from underlining that you do not want the most recent iPhone to take nice photos, the lesson from this 12 months’s iPhone Pictures Awards is that you solely want two issues for an excellent snap: an fascinating topic and an understanding of the photographic fundamentals.

You will discover that results like Portrait mode and filters are notably absent from the photos beneath. As an alternative, the winners show a familiarity with the primary guidelines of composition, a watch for good gentle, and an openness to discovering new angles on acquainted topics.

We would wager that the majority profitable entries have been shot utilizing the iPhone’s principal digicam, relatively than the telephoto or super-wide. The IPPA’s guidelines do state that “iPhone add-on lenses can be used”, so it is attainable that some could have used a number of the greatest iPhone lenses for some further attain. However in the primary, just a little gentle enhancing is all that is doubtless been required, given the arresting topics.

If you fancy making an entry for subsequent 12 months’s competitors, take a look at our guides on how you can take skilled portrait photos with your iPhone and how you can take epic panorama photos with your iPhone. For now, although, this is a gallery of this 12 months’s winners of the iPhone Pictures Awards (use our navigation bar on the left to leap to your favourite class).

General winner

A soldier talking to a young boy in front of ruins

‘Photographer of the 12 months Grand Prize’ winner. By Antonio Denti (Italy). Location: Mosul, Iraq. Shot on iPhone 11. (Picture credit score: Antonio Denti / IPPAWARDS)


An abstract photo of a basketball court

‘First Place – Summary’ winner. By Marcello Raggini (San Marino). Shot on iPhone 11. (Picture credit score: Marcello Raggini / IPPAWARDS)


Two cows in a doorway

‘First Place – Animals’ winner. By Pier Luigi Dodi (Italy). Shot on iPhone 11 Professional Max. (Picture credit score: Pier Luigi Dodi / IPPAWARDS)


The shadow of a tall building over a city

‘First Place – Structure’ winner. By Kaustav Sarkar (India). Location: Empire State, New York. Shot on iPhone 12 Professional. (Picture credit score: Kaustav Sarkar / IPPAWARDS)


A child with orange hair holding a balloon

‘First Place – Youngsters’ winner. By Huapeng-Zhao (China). Shot on iPhone 13 Professional Max. (Picture credit score: Huapeng-Zhao / IPPAWARDS)

Metropolis Life

An aerial view of a large motorway junction

‘First Place – Metropolis Life’ winner. By Yongmei Wang (China). Shot on iPhone 12 Professional Max. (Picture credit score: Yongmei Wang / IPPAWARDS)


A large chimney emitting smoke

‘First Place – Atmosphere’ winner. By Yang Li (China). Location: Hegang, Heilongjiang Province. iPhone 11 Professional Max. (Picture credit score: Yang Li / IPPAWARDS)


A road going through a misty forest

‘First Place – Panorama’ winner. By Linda Repasky (USA). Location: Ware, Massachussets. Shot on iPhone 13 Professional. (Picture credit score: Linda Repasky / IPPAWARDS)

Way of life

Underwater shot of a boy swimming

‘First Place – Way of life’ winner. By Laila Bakker (Netherlands). Shot on iPhone 11 Professional Max. (Picture credit score: Laila Bakker / IPPAWARDS)


View through some silver trees with yellow leaves

‘First Place – Nature’ winner. By Andrea Buchanan (USA). Location: Utah. Shot on iPhone 12 Professional Max. (Picture credit score: Andrea Buchanan / IPPAWARDS)


A man leaning against a black and white wall

‘First Place – Portrait’ winner. By Arevik Martirosyan (USA). Shot on iPhone 12 Professional Max. (Picture credit score: Arevik Martirosyan / IPPAWARDS)


A hot air balloon in front of a sunset

‘First Place – Sundown’ winner. By Leping Cheng (China). Location: Xiamen, China. Shot on iPhone 12 Professional Max. (Picture credit score: Leping Cheng / IPPAWARDS)


Three people's legs off the back of a boat

‘First Place – Journey’ winner. By Marina Klutse (USA). Location: Caño de la Guasa, Colombia. Shot on iPhone 11 Professional (Picture credit score: Marina Klutse / IPPAWARDS)