iPhone photography has changed the name of the game for photographers, selfie-takers and even photojournalists. When there isn’t time, the battery in a DSLR camera is dead and a journalist has to get a shot, sometimes a smartphone is the best option. Whether people want to believe it or not, the smartphone has changed the way its users capture the world around them.
Back in January, Apple asked iPhone users to go out and capture the world around them using their iPhone and submit their best shots. Users has from January 22 to Feb. 7 to submit photos. A panel of judges selected the winning shots, and those photographers who won will be featured on billboards, in Apple stores and online.
On Feb. 26 Apple announced the top-10 winning photos. The photographers came from countries including Belarus, Israel, Germany, Singapore and the U.S. The devices that captured the photos ranged from the iPhone Xs Max to iPhone 7.
The international panel of judges were Pete Souza, Austin Mann, Annet de Graaf, Luísa Dörr, Chen Man, Phil Schiller, Kaiann Drance, Brooks Kraft, Sebastien Marineau-Mes, Jon McCormack and Arem Duplessis.
A photo shot by Alex Jiang from the U.S. and captured with an iPhone Xs Max captured detail, color and vibrancy with an interesting composition and juxtaposition of objects in the frame. Judge Chen Man said of Jiang’s photo is filled with lovely color and a sense of story in the composition.
“Zooming in, you can see details of each family and their unique touch,” Chen said. “The basketball hoop is placed right in the middle of the photo, adding more stories behind the image.”
Judge Annet de Graaf said of Jiang’s photo that the narrative is in the architecture.
“There is actually life behind the surface of an average apartment building in an unknown city,” de Graaf said. “Vivid colors and a perfect composition with the basketball board right in the middle! Great eye.”
A photo by Blake Marvin, U.S., shot with an iPhone Xs Max, shows a raccoon peaking through a log. The photo gives a great variety of darks and lights and gets the viewer’s attention with the raccoon’s stare.
Judge Austin Mann said of Marvin’s photo that the image took a lot of patience and great timing.
“With the iPhone’s zero shutter lag and Smart HDR, we’re able to see both the raccoon’s eyes and the deep shadows inside the log,” Mann said, “something that would have previously been nearly impossible with natural light.”
Judge Phil Schiller said of Marvin’s photo that the stolen glance between the raccoon and photographer is priceless.
“We can imagine that it is saying ‘if you back away slowly no one has to get hurt,’” Schiller said. “A nice use of black and white, the focus on the raccoon and the inside of the hollow log provides an organic movement frozen in time.”
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