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The winners of the iPhone Photography awards are much better at mobile photography than you

Prepare to feel photographically inadequate

The winners of the iPhone Photography awards are much better at mobile photography than you

That arty shot you took in the early hours of the morning at that festival last year? The one where the sun's rays just catch the line of flags in a way that makes your arm hair go all tingly? The one that got you the most amount of 'Likes' you've ever had from a single Facebook post?

Yeah, that one. It's crap. 

At least, it is compared to these snaps - the winners of the ninth (yep, that's how long iPhones have dominated our pockets) annual iPhone Photography Awards.

A panel of judges have cast their collective gaze over thousands of photos submitted from 139 countries, picking out winners for 19 categories (they bloody love giving out awards). 

Here are the best of the bunch. 

Man and the Eagle

Siyuan Niu
Xinjiang, China
Grand Prize Winner, Photographer of the Year


Modern Cathedrals

Patryk Kuleta
Warsaw, Poland
1st Place, Photographer of the Year


She Bends with the Wind

Robin Robertis
Carlsbad CA, United States
2nd Place, Photographer of the Year


Wonderland

Carolyn Mara Borlenghi
Coral Gables FL, United States
3rd Place, Photographer of the Year


Abstract winner

Jiayu Ma
Dallas, TX United States
1st Place – Abstract


News/Events second place (we preferred it)

Hernan Ramos
Santiago, Chile
2nd Place – News/Events


Landscape winner

Vasco Galhardo Simoes
Lisbon, Portugal
1st Place – Landscape


Food winner

Andrew Montgomery
Hampton Wick, United Kingdom
1st Place – Food


Sunset winner

Nick Ryan
Sydney, Australia
1st Place – Sunset


Travel winner

Fugen Xiao
Guangdong, China
1st Place – Travel