It is one thing for a photographer to show off his talent using the best cameras on the market. However, the latest Mobile Photography Awards have once again shown just how versatile photographers can be in capturing amazing images using just their smartphones.
Judges for the prestigious annual competition, which is in its 12th year, said the most recent captivating images submitted, ranging from black and white, landscapes, street photography and more, were among the best they had ever seen. .
Simply stunning and vivid photographs showed an elephant bath time, a driver passing a raging house fire and a stunning waterfall. The MPA received photos from more than 80 countries this year, highlighting the global reach of mobile photography today.
The Toronto-based awards, founded in 2011, are held every year to celebrate the art and craft of mobile photography. This year, Australian Glenn Homann beat out a record number of entrants with his portfolio described as “impressive” and “impressive” by the MPA judges. He takes home a cash prize of $3,000.
However, the talent did not stop there. The awards were divided into 12 categories, with Shulong Ma winning in the black and white category for a photograph of an elephant being bathed, which was taken with an iPhone 7.
Meanwhile, Fabio Sartori took a close-up of a bug on his Samsung that won the Macro category, and a stunning photograph of miners from the Ijen volcano in East Java, Indonesia, took first place in the Travel/Transportation section. Scroll to see all the winners.
Showcasing his mastery of different genres, Australian photographer Glenn Homann was crowned the MPA’s 12th Annual Photographer of the Year. He named the piece above ‘John’
Homann’s photographs were described as “stunning” and “stunning” by the MPA judges, who also conceded that this year’s photographs were among the best ever seen. The previous piece is called ‘Stop, Reflect’
Homann’s ‘Toward the Light’: Awards founder Daniel Berman said: “Glenn’s work truly captures the essence of what mobile photography is all about – the ability to create stunning images anytime, anywhere, using just a smartphone.”
Homann said he was “blown away” to be recognized for his amazing artwork. He hopes that he will inspire others to explore the ‘endless possibilities of mobile photography’. ‘Cross Here’ is shown on the left and ‘Eyeing Ibis’ is on the right
‘Washing Elephant, Chitwan’: This captivating photo was captured by Shuolong Ma using an iPhone 7. It won the black and white category.
Street photography winner ‘Indifference’ by Konstantin Chalabov shows a driver passing a burning house (left), while Chen Lin’s ‘Miners of Ijen Volcano’ in Indonesia (right) won the Travel & Transportation category
‘Eyes’: Fabio Sartori took an impressively detailed close-up of a bug in his Samsung phone that won the Macro category
Zhengjie Wu triumphed in the Landscapes category with his stunning photo “Geocentric Exploration” showing a lone figure struck by glorious sunbeams.
Heather McAlister was the Digital art/Visual FX winner at the 12th Annual MPA Awards. Her piece was called ‘Flight Pattern’
Homann displayed his mastery of different genres, including portraiture, architecture, and street photography. He called the piece on the left ‘Free’, adding: ‘Even an ‘ugly’ thing has a fleeting, flickering moment of radiant beauty. On the right is ‘The Other Side’
Categories spread far and wide, with Yue Qiu picking up the Silhouettes award for her stunning ‘Heart of Water’ photography.
Artificial Intelligence winner ‘Souls of the Ancient Sea Bed’ by John Nieto is on the left, while Dorota Yamadag took the award for best artwork in the Architecture category with a skyscraper photo called ‘Steel’. Glass. And all that jazz’ (right)
Founded in 2011, the MPA celebrates the art and craft of mobile photography, recognizing talented smartphone photographers from around the world. Pictured: Another of Homann’s stunning photographs called ‘It Went Away’
Homann also won the prize for best portrait with his piece ‘Old Mate’ (left), while the People’s winner was ‘Nunset2’ (right) by Daniela Calo
‘The Landscape After the Rain’: A Simply Stunning Photograph Captured by Wang Hsiu Ling, Winner of the Water/Snow/Ice Category
Mobile photographer Michel Kharoubi was crowned winner of the Darkness category for his artwork ‘Spirit of the City’
A complete collage of Glenn Homann’s winning images. The judging panel, made up of professional photographers and industry experts, had the challenging task of selecting the winners, but Homann prevailed.