With thejust around the corner and , there’s a lot to look forward to in terms of the iPhone from Apple. But every year for the past 14 years, the iPhone Photography Awards takes a moment to look back and announces the winners of its contest. This year’s awards recognize the outstanding photographs taken over one of the most soul-shaking years collectively witnessed by humanity.
Winning photos share expressions of grief, isolation, hope and beauty. Out of the thousands of photographs that were taken with an iPhone and submitted, the Grand Prize Winner and recipient of the Photographer of the Year Award goes to the Hungarian photojournalist Istvan Kerekes. His photo, Transylvanian Shepherds, was taken on an iPhone 7 and shows a contrast of a cold barren land populated with two world-weary men, both holding lambs. And those lambs look pretty content.
The iPhone Photography Awards started in 2007 to celebrate the creativity of iPhone photographers. Thousands of images from more than 140 countries were submitted and winners were selected by jury.
At CNET, we focus on the technical aspects of phone cameras. We want to understand what phone cameras can and can’t do and whether a phone lives up to its marketing hype. These photographs, many of which aren’t taken with the latestx or even an , are reminders that it’s the photographer that creates the photo.
The top three winners in an additional 17 categories were awarded to photographers from Australia, Germany, Bangladesh, Greece, Italy, Israel, the Netherlands, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Spain and Sweden, among other countries. You can view all of the images from the 2021 winning photographers on the iPhone Photography Awards website.