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Greek Wins 2nd Place in 2021 iPhone Photography Awards

Iakovos Draculis
Greek photographer Iakovos Draculis has won second place in the Children category of the 2021 iPhone Photography Competition. Credit: Iakovos Draculis

Greek Iakovos Draculis has won second place in the Children category of the 2021 iPhone Photography Awards. Held annually since 2007, the iPhone Photography Awards celebrate the best images taken on iPads and iPhones each year.

The competition has multiple different categories: abstract, animals, architecture, children, cityscape, landscape, lifestyle, nature, people, portrait, series (3 images), still life, sunset, travel, and other. The competition also awards the best overall photographers with the 4 IPPAWARDS Photographers of the Year prizes.

As the release of the iPhone 13 grows closer and closer, Apple users have a lot to be excited about. One much loved aspect of every new iPhone is the smart phone’s remarkable photography capabilities. With each new phone Apple manages to add a more powerful lens.

The iPhone 12 has three different cameras: regular, ultrawide angle, and selfie. Although the specific details of the iPhone 13’s new camera setup have not yet been confirmed, many have speculated that the phone will add a periscope camera to enhance zoom and a recalibrated ultrawide-angle lens for night photography.

The iPhone Photography Awards celebrate the smart phone’s unique brand of photography

We’ve all seen photos we were shocked to discover were actually taken on a smart phone and not a $1,000 DSLR camera. But the quality of the images taken on iPhones is not the only way the product has revolutionized the art of photography: the ability to take images at a moments notice any time you have your phone on you (which is 99% of the time for most people) has bred a photographic movement of images that capture fleeting and ineffable moments from daily life with pristine technical clarity.

Just one look through the IPP Award’s winner’s gallery makes these qualities of iPhone photography evident, and Draculis’ winning image is a perfect example.

The photograph, entered in the Children category of the competition, depicts an evocative seaside scene with a single child lying face down on the pebbles of the beach, their body washed over with the foam of the sea’s waves. The moment is one many will recognize: the experience of watching a child, sibling, or friend playing in the water, the joy of the encounter momentarily interrupted by its aesthetic beauty– the stark contrast of the solid white sea foam and the tan and orange gradients of the pebbles, separated only by a small human body.

It’s clear why the iPhone would warrant its own photography competition– the relatively fair technical playing field (add-on lenses can be used as well as iOS editing apps, and entrants also use different models of iPhones) combined with the transportable, ease-of-use capabilities of the smart phone camera create the unique conditions for an entirely singular sub-genre of photography.

The iPhone was designed for capturing life’s greatest experiences in the exact moment you begin to see them as images.

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