How good can mobile photography be? Likely better than you thought. The iPhone Photography Awards were recently announced, giving a glimpse of just what is possible with iOS and photography. Though the device lacks megapixels, it makes up for it in other areas like image processing and an array of editing apps.
The IPPA is for those photos taken on - and edited with — an iOS device. Though the use of lenses and other add-ons doesn’t seem to be prohibited, taking your photos to the desktop is. All editing and post production work must be done via an iOS device, so you’re left to seek out apps to do your bidding. Sounds limiting, but the pictures are stunning.
Like any good photography competition, there are several categories to enter a shot, and an overall winner. The winner, taken by Julio Lucas of Bradenton, Florida, was likely done simply. “I generally try to stay away from using filters in my iPhone pictures” Lucas said. “I want my photos to take on a more traditional form and grant the capture moment to tell the story rather than a manipulation of the moment by use of to many filters.”
Some of the category winners are in the gallery, so feel free to give them a look. Taking pics with an iPhone is typically better experience, but these pictures and this competition only highlight just how far the mobile photography genre has come.