Apple has selected winners of its 'Shot on iPhone' challenge launched in January, which sought the best photographs taken on Apple's smartphone
As part of the contest, participants had to submit images via email or on Instagram, Twitter, or Weibo, using the hashtag #ShotoniPhone.
After the end of the submission period on 7 February, the winners were selected by a judging panel made up of prominent photographers including the former chief official White House photographer for President Obama Pete Souza, Apple vice president of Software Sebastien Marineau-Mes, and iPhone travel photographer Annet de Graaf.
According to Apple, the winning images unveiled on 26 February were produced on both newer and older iPhone models, ranging from the iPhone XS Max to the iPhone 7
The 10 selected winners will be featured on billboards in select cities, in Apple retail stores, and online.
They will also receive a licensing fee for the usage of the images in Apple's marketing channels, and for the photographers to retain the rights to their work.
1. Alex Jiang (United States), iPhone XS Max
"This is a photo filled with lovely color and sense of story in the composition. Zooming in, you can see details of each family and their unique touch. The basketball hoop is placed right in the middle of the photo, adding more stories behind the image," said Che Man.
2. Blake Marvin (United States), iPhone XS Max
"This image took a lot of patience and great timing, with the iPhone's zero shutter lag and Smart HDR, we're able to see both the raccoon's eyes and the deep shadows inside the log - something that would have previously been nearly impossible with natural light," said Austin Mann.
3. Darren Soh (Singapore), iPhone XS Max
4. Nikita Yarosh (Belarus), iPhone 7
"I like the simplicity of this image, the composition, light, details, everything looks good. Then you see one small line that looks wrong and makes me think what happened, where is this place, who was there. For me a good image is not only one that is strong or beautiful, but makes you think about it — and keep thinking," said Luísa Dörr .
5. Dina Alfasi (Israel), iPhone X
6. Elizabeth Scarrott (United States), iPhone 8 Plus
7. Andrew Griswold (United States), iPhone XS
"This image is very well thought through and executed. The background pattern holds the image together and the repeated smaller versions of that pattern in the water droplets create a lot of visual interest. The creative use of depth of field here is excellent," said Jon McCormack.
8. Bernard Antolin (United States), iPhone XS Max
9. LieAdi Darmawan (United States), iPhone XS
"I feel like this landscape was treated like an old portrait. The texture of the mountains evokes an old wrinkled face. Portraits and landscapes are the oldest way of creative representation by humans. There's something about it that belongs to the realms of the subconscious mind, and this is mainly what appeals me of this picture; the part that I'm not able to explain," said Luísa Dörr.
10. Robert Glaser (Germany), iPhone 7
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