The best iPhone photos of 2016: Amazing Photos Can Be Taken Without an Expensive Camera

The best iPhone photos of 2016: Amazing Photos Can Be Taken Without an Expensive Camera

Thinking you need a fancy and expensive camera to take great photos? You’re wrong! Many iPhone users around the world who participated in the 2016 iPhone Photography Awards (IPPAWARDS) can prove it.

Recently, the 9th Annual IPPAWARDS winners were announced and the best photos of the competition are absolutely brilliant. These amazing pictures remind us that the person behind the lens plays the most important part in photography.

“The iPhone is like a pen in our hands. Good or bad, the pen itself will never write poems, but the poets will,” said this year’s The Grand Prize Winner Siyuan Niu from China.

The iPhone Photography Awards were founded in 2007, the year the phone was launched. The photos in this competition must have been taken on an iPhone, iPad or iPod, and can be edited using only apps on iOS (no desktop software is allowed).

Take a look at this year’s best pictures below and maybe they will inspire you to take an amazing photo with your own smartphone too!

Yongmei Wang, 2nd Place, SunsetChongqing, China. Photo by Yongmei Wang

Siyuan Niu, Grand Prize WinnerSiyuan Niu, Grand Prize Winner

Galhardo Simoes, 1st Place, LandscapeLisbon, Portugal. Photo by Vasco Galhardo Simoes. Landscape

Junfeng Wang, 1st Place, NatureJunfeng Wang, Nature, 1st

Erica Wu, 1st Place, AnimalErica Wu, Animal, 1st

Conor MacNeill, Honorable Mentions, LandscapeGasadalur, Faroe Islands. Photo by Conor MacNeill. Honorable Mentions

James ONeill, Honorable Mentions, LandscapeYosemite National Park. Photo by James ONeill. Honorable Mentions

Daniel Kafalas, Honorable Mentions, TravelBlue Lagoon, Iceland. Photo by Daniel Kafalas

Fugen Xiao, 1st Place, TravelGuangdong, China. Photo by Fugen Xiao

Jen Pollack Bianco, 3rd Place, PanoramaJen Pollack Bianco, Panorama, 3rd

Dorota Wypych, Honorable Mentions, TravelDorota Wypych, Travel

Hu Xiaolin, Honorable Mentions, LandscapeHu Xiaolin, China. Landscape

Juqiang Song, Honorable Mentions, PanoramaJuqiang Song Panorama

Francisco Chavira, Honorable Mentions, TravelFrancisco Chavira, Travel

Martin Miranda, Honorable Mentions, PanoramaMartin Miranda Panorama

Junfeng Wang, Honorable Mentions, TravelJunfeng Wang, Travel