With an eight megapixel resolution and sapphire glass lens cover now standard on any version of the iPhone 5 or higher, today’s technology has created a new breed of artist: the iPhone photographer. It may not have the prestige of professional photography yet, but iPhone photography can capture equally impressive material, as these images reveal.
Founded in 2007, the iPhone Photography Awards (IPPAWARDS) celebrate the work of serious photographers and hobbyists alike. The only requirement is that the image be taken on an iPhone, iPod or iPad and that it not be altered in Photoshop or any similar program. A teeny gold bar is awarded to photographers of the winning photos in each of 19 categories. Below, a selection of this year’s most remarkable winners: