11th Annual iPhone Photography award winners announced.

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(1st place animals winner Robin Robertis)

Let's face it, iPhones changed the world. Smartphones are now an integral part of our daily life. Many people don't even own a computer anymore and do all their work, web surfing and photo taking on their phone. 

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(1st place architecture winner Massimo Graziani)

The iPhone also changed the way we see the world. People are so focused on posting images to social media that they need a fast way to take, edit and publish photos that they shoot. Images literally need to be able to be uploaded mere seconds after they're taken in some cases. iPhones can do that as they've all got decent sensors and have powerful software to make up for the small lenses. 

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(1st Place Sunset Sara Ronkainen)

The iPhone Photography Awards (IPPAWARDS) first recognized the need to well, recognize photos that were taken with this remarkable device 11 years ago. They understood that the iPhone is more than just a phone, it's camera has merit. It's a direct connection to people and what they see in any given moment. The iPhone has barely been around for 11 years, so, to recognize that it's a game-changing camera that is changing how we see the world way back when the iPhone was in its infancy is really impressive. These cameras are not flukes and the images are only getting better and better each year. 

This is the official announcement from the IPPAWARDS followed by the winners:

"The iPhone Photography Awards (IPPAWARDS) is proud to announce the winners of the 11th Annual Awards. This year's winners were selected from thousands of entries submitted by iPhone photographers from over 140 countries around the world.

The Grand Prize Winner Photographer of the Year Award goes to Jashim Salam of Bangladesh for his entry Displaced.  First, Second and Third Place Photographers of the Year Awards go to Alexandre Weber of Switzerland for his image  Baiana in Yellow and Blue,  Huapeng Zhao of China for his entry of Eye to Eye and Zarni Myo Win of Myanmar for his image I Want to Play.

The 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in 18 categories were awarded to photographers who represented many countries around the world including Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Ecuador, Finland, France, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Lebanon, Myanmar, Oman, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Syria, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, Ukraine, the United Kingdom and the United States."

Head on over to the IPPAWARDS site to see the grand prize winner, top 3 overall and so many more great images shot on an iPhone.