Winners of the 2021 iPhone Photography Awards
NEW YORK – July 22, 2021 – Today, we proudly announce the winners of the 2021 iPhone Photography Awards (IPPAWARDS). The 14th Annual Awards recognize photographs taken over a remarkable year of grief and loneliness, but despite a global pandemic, the winning images all glimpse moments of beauty, hope and the endurance of the human spirit.
Out of submissions from thousands of photographers from all over the world, the Grand Prize Winner and Photographer of the Year Award goes to photojournalist Istvan Kerekes of Hungary for his image, Transylvanian Shepherds. In it, two rugged shepherds traverse an equally rugged industrial landscape, bearing a pair of lambs in their arms. The grit of the men and the bleakness of their environment are a moving contrast to the hope and innocence of the lambs in their care.
First Place Photographer of the Year Award goes to Sharan Shetty of India for his image, Bonding, where a man and his horse commune in an empty landscape, offering each other comfort and soft words. The Second Place prize is for Dan Liu of China and his A Walk on Mars image of an astronaut traversing a desolate Martian-esque landscape, sparking questions about our relationship to worlds beyond our own. And the Third Place Photographer of the Year Award goes to Jeff Rayner of the United States for his photo, Side-Walking on Air, a portrait of a young girl aloft and weightless in a pool of light on her Los Angeles sidewalk.
Top-three winners in an additional 17 categories were awarded to photographers from almost every corner of the world, including Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, China, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Israel, Netherlands, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Congratulations to all the winners and their astute observations, sometimes moving and subtle, other times witty and surprising… always insightful.
IPPAWARDS has been instrumental in launching the careers of some of the best iPhone photographers worldwide. Since the inception of the awards in 2007, the winning photographer’s have gained worldwide exposure, and have been celebrated and acknowledged by the most respected media outlets around the world. Among them are Washington Post, Fortune, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Time, Mashable, USA Today, Mashable, PetaPixel, iMore, Appleinsider, 9to5mac, The Loop, Digital Trends, Sina, ten Min Gong She, Guohe Group, Fotomen, Weibusi, Dgtle, The Sun, Vogue, Bild, La Stampa, GQ, Corriere della Sera, MacWorld, Indian Express, Daily News, Popebee, Apple Daily Taiwan, Engadget, The Edit, Korea Business News, Afisha, Reforma, Robb Report.
© Dan Liu – IPPAWARDS
iPhone Photography Awards (IPPAWARDS)™ is the first and the longest running iPhone photography competition since 2007. IPPAWARDS has been celebrating the creativity of the iPhone users since the first iPhone has inspired, excited and engaged the users worldwide. Since then every year, IPPAWARDS has selected the best shots among thousands of images submitted by iPhone photographers from 140+ countries around the world. Winners are selected by the jury members in several steps and The Photographers of the Year and the category winners prizes awarded.