Saturday 18 November 2017

10 amazing travel photos you won't believe were taken on an iPhone...

Forget the SLR. Sometimes a smartphone is all you need to snap the ultimate holiday pick, as these competition winners attest.

Pól Ó Conghaile

Pól Ó Conghaile

Winners of the annual iPhone Photography Awards (IPPAWARDS) were announced this month, with Belfast-based photographer Jordan Fraser taking one of the top gongs in the travel category.

The IPPAWARDS are the world's longest running iPhone photography competition, celebrating the creativity of Apple addicts since 2007. Entries were received from 17 countries, including Ireland, with first prize going to Julio Lucas of Bradenton, Florida.

Bradenton's photo of a lone figure trekking Argentina's Perito Moreno Glacier, which kicks off our gallery above, saw him win Photographer of the Year.

Second place in the travel category went to Jordan Fraser, a Belfast-based commercial and wedding photographer, for his photo of a boy walking his dog in the snow. It's the second photo in our gallery, above.

All entries for the IPPAWARDS must be taken with an iPhone, iPod or iPad. It is not permitted to alter images in Photoshop or any desktop image processing program, so many of the images appear refreshingly free of Instagram-style filters.

The overall winner receives an iPad Air (16GB, Wi-Fi), with first place in each category awarded a awarded a souvenir-sized Suisse gold bar.

Other categories include Animals, Architecture, Children, Flowers, Food, Landscape, Lifestyle, Nature, News/Events, Others, People, Seasons, Still Life, Sunset and Trees.

There's been good pick-up on social, too.

You can view more images, and find out how to submit your own photos for next year’s competition, at

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