With the advent of ever-improving smartphone camera technology, the digital SLR’s exclusive dominance in the world of quality photography is slowly crumbling. Smartphone users around the world are proving that a good photographer’s eye is far more important for taking a good photograph than your photographic hardware, so the IPPAWARDS (iPhone Photography Awards) were created to recognize their efforts.

The photos in this competition, which was organized by Apple, need to have been taken with an iPhone, iPod or iPad and cannot have been edited on any way by desktop software (device-based apps are allowed).

Take a look at the winners – maybe they’ll inspire you to take an amazing photo with your own smartphone!

Source: ippawards.com (h/t: mymodernmet)

MICHAEL ONEAL, San Francisco, CA United States, 1st Place – Animals

MELISA BARILLI, York, Ontario, Canada, 3rd Place – Children

JULIO LUCAS, Bradenton, FL United States, 1st Place – 2014 Photographer of the Year

JOSE LUIS BARCIA FERNANDEZ, Madrid, Spain, 2nd Place – 2014 Photographer of the Year

MIHAI COLIBAN, Bucharest, Romania, 3rd Place – Lifestyle

NAOMI WU, New Taipei City, Taiwan, 2nd Place – Animals

YILANG PENG, Madison, WI United States, 1st Place – Architecture

JUANA CHAVES, Madrid, Spain, 2nd Place – News/Events

TEDDY COHEN, Tel Aviv, Israel, 3rd Place – Animals

MARIKO KLUG, Erding, Germany, 3rd Place – Trees

MONICA GANTER, Glenside, PA United States, 3rd Place – Flowers

ELENA GRIMAILO, Moscow, Russia, 1st Place – Landscape

ADRIENNE PITTS, London, United Kingdom, 1st Place – Travel

DRAGOS BARDAC, Bucharest, Romania, 2nd Place – Seasons

JILL MISSNER Ridgefield, CT United States, 3rd Place – 2014 Photographer of the Year

EDWARD ADAMS, Pebworth, Warwickshire United Kingdom, 3rd Place – Sunset

COCU LIU, Chicago, IL United States. 1st Place – Seasons

BRANDON KIDWELL, Jacksonville, FL United States, 1st Place – Lifestyle

COCU LIU, Chicago – IL United States, 2nd Place – Trees

ALEXA SEIDL, Washington, DC United States, 1st Place – Food

LAUREN SMITH, Pensacola, FL United States, 1st Place – People

AARON PIKE, San Francisco, CA United States, 1st place – Trees

JORDAN FRASER, Belfast, Ireland, 2nd Place – Travel