You don't have to buy the most expensive gear in order to be an exceptional photographer—sometimes, all you need is an iPhone... and talent. And here's proof.

iPhone Photography Awards (also known as IPPAWARDS) is the first and the longest-running iPhone photography competition since 2007. Every year, this competition gives awards to the most spectacular photos taken on an iPhone or iPad. If you want to enter the competition, your photos should not be published anywhere previously and should not be edited on any desktop image processing program such as Photoshop. And that's basically it.

Recently, iPhone Photography Awards announced the winners of their 2020 competition and the photos are absolutely stunning. Bored Panda invites you to take a look and choose your favorites.

More info: ippawards.com

#1

Architecture: First Place, 'Duomo Di Milano', Milan, Italy By Haiyin Lin

Architecture: First Place, 'Duomo Di Milano', Milan, Italy By Haiyin Lin

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Raine Soo
Community Member
2 months ago

This photo has the feel of a renaissance painting.

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Each year, iPhone Photography Awards announces a Grand Prize winner, as well as winners in 19 other categories, including Photographer of the Year, Abstract, Architecture, People, and Nature.

This year, Grand Prize Winner and Photographer of the Year Award went to Dimpy Bhalotia, who is a street photographer from the United Kingdom. To take this picture called Flying Boys, the photographer used an iPhone X.

#2

Travel: First Place, 'Free From The Past', Varanasi, India By Kristian Cruz

Travel: First Place, 'Free From The Past', Varanasi, India By Kristian Cruz

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Mimi
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2 months ago

This one is like a painting. I'll paint it!

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Besides, this year's winners prove that in order to take an amazing photo, you don't even need to have the newest iPhone in your pocket. In fact, one winner scored a prize using an iPhone 4!

#3

Architecture: Third Place, 'Calpe Sunrise', Calpe, Spain By Jiandong Wang

Architecture: Third Place, 'Calpe Sunrise', Calpe, Spain By Jiandong Wang

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Mimi
Community Member
2 months ago

Yum, yum, crispy boat there.

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"This year marks the 13th Annual Awards with submissions from thousands of photographers from all over the globe. Dozens of winning photographs reflect powerful worldviews, from vast landscapes to a single tree, from city streets to remote desolation, from toil and hardship to a private moment in the sun," IPPAWADS team writes on their website.

#4

Trees: Third Place, 'Solitude Beauty', Ewa Beach, Hawaii By Chuyang Baideme

Trees: Third Place, 'Solitude Beauty', Ewa Beach, Hawaii By Chuyang Baideme

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Kenny Kulbiski
Community Member
2 months ago

That picnic table makes it. "You're alone and isolated but someone knew you'd be coming."

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Another cool thing about this competition is that people from all around the globe can participate in it. "Top-three winners in an additional 18 categories were awarded to photographers from almost every corner of the world, including Australia, Bahrain, Belarus, Canada, China, Colombia, France, Hong Kong, Italy, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Netherlands, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, and the United States," reads the website.

#5

Nature: First Place, 'Untitled', By Lisi Li

Nature: First Place, 'Untitled', By Lisi Li

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T Simmons
Community Member
2 months ago

There’s soooo much ps here

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#6

Sunset: Second Place, 'Twilight Reflection', Santa Catalina Mountains, Arizona By Joseph Cyr

Sunset: Second Place, 'Twilight Reflection', Santa Catalina Mountains, Arizona By Joseph Cyr

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Leslie Burleson
Community Member
2 months ago

That rock looks like it's levitating

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#7

Animals: Second Place, 'Flamingos', By Ji Li

Animals: Second Place, 'Flamingos', By Ji Li

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Fieke Engelen
Community Member
2 months ago

So graceful

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#8

Nature: Third Place, 'Journey To The Lava Field', Hawaii, By Jiawen Wu

Nature: Third Place, 'Journey To The Lava Field', Hawaii, By Jiawen Wu

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averageperson
Community Member
2 months ago

No no don't touch

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#9

News/Events: First Place, 'Demons Lighting The Sky', Paterna, Spain By Fernando Merlo

News/Events: First Place, 'Demons Lighting The Sky', Paterna, Spain By Fernando Merlo

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Demongrrrrl
Community Member
2 months ago

Demons! Yeeesss!

#10

Landscape: Third Place, 'The Cloud', Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain By Dominic Dähncke

Landscape: Third Place, 'The Cloud', Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain By Dominic Dähncke

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Catlady6000
Community Member
2 months ago

Tonite at the local drive-in....

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#11

Poty: Grand Prize Winner, 'Flying Boys', Banaras, India By Dimpy Bhalotia

Poty: Grand Prize Winner, 'Flying Boys', Banaras, India By Dimpy Bhalotia

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Claire
Community Member
2 months ago

This is really my favorite so far

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#12

Still Life: Third Place, '84,000 Statues Of Yakushi Nyorai', Shimane, Japan By Shinya Itahana

Still Life: Third Place, '84,000 Statues Of Yakushi Nyorai', Shimane, Japan By Shinya Itahana

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RitaGG
Community Member
2 months ago

Very visually appealing.

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#13

Landscape: First Place, 'Untitled', Marble Canyon, Arizona By Liu Dan

Landscape: First Place, 'Untitled', Marble Canyon, Arizona By Liu Dan

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Loki’s Lil Butter Knife
Community Member
2 months ago

I really like how the use of black and white photography brings out all of natural patterns and textures in the canyon.

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#14

Landscape: Second Place, 'Duned', Zeeland, Netherlands By Nico Brons

Landscape: Second Place, 'Duned', Zeeland, Netherlands By Nico Brons

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bastillee
Community Member
2 months ago

Amazing purity in this photo.

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#15

Trees: Second Place, 'Grow Upwards', Wuhan, China By Wei Xiong

Trees: Second Place, 'Grow Upwards', Wuhan, China By Wei Xiong

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Bazzinga
Community Member
1 month ago

Reminds me of a Trash Boat album cover :)

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#16

Poty: First Place, 'No Walls', India, By Artyom Baryshau

Poty: First Place, 'No Walls', India, By Artyom Baryshau

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RitaGG
Community Member
2 months ago

I see shades of the Truman Show.

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#17

Children: Third Place, 'Through The Eyes Of The Children', San Carlos Pangasinan, Philippines By Mary Joy Loyola Ganitano

Children: Third Place, 'Through The Eyes Of The Children', San Carlos Pangasinan, Philippines By Mary Joy Loyola Ganitano

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Colleen Garland
Community Member
2 months ago

Kids are great models when they are themselves.

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#18

Nature: Second Place, 'Kea At Mount Luxmore', Fiordland National Park, New Zealand By Avishai Futerman

Nature: Second Place, 'Kea At Mount Luxmore', Fiordland National Park, New Zealand By Avishai Futerman

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ADHORTATOR
Community Member
2 months ago

at the same time, his buddies are eating the photographers car

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#19

Other: Third Place, 'The Secret', Huntington, NY By Shāna Einhorn

Other: Third Place, 'The Secret', Huntington, NY By Shāna Einhorn

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Doria
Community Member
2 months ago

this one is eerie; it gives me the impression that the little girl is a ghost. love it.

#20

Floral: First Place, 'Lonely Morning Glory', Shenzhen, China By Peiquan Li

Floral: First Place, 'Lonely Morning Glory', Shenzhen, China By Peiquan Li

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bastillee
Community Member
2 months ago

Struggling to be seen

#21

Trees: First Place, 'Alone', Queensland, Australia By Glenn Homann

Trees: First Place, 'Alone', Queensland, Australia By Glenn Homann

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Heather Hayllar
Community Member
2 months ago

Such a very Aussie scene

#22

Poty: Second Place, 'Untitled', Chengdu, Sichuan By Geli Zhao

Poty: Second Place, 'Untitled', Chengdu, Sichuan By Geli Zhao

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bastillee
Community Member
2 months ago

Monday in Sichuan.

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#23

Abstract: First Place, 'Splattered Paint', Shanghai, China By Tu Odnu

Abstract: First Place, 'Splattered Paint', Shanghai, China By Tu Odnu

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Loki’s Lil Butter Knife
Community Member
2 months ago

It makes me think of a bacteria culture.

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#24

Animals: First Place, 'Horses In The Storm', Iceland, By Xiaojun Zhang

Animals: First Place, 'Horses In The Storm', Iceland, By Xiaojun Zhang

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Dani Bratu
Community Member
2 months ago

very similar to a mountain view

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#25

Floral: Second Place, 'Chrysanthemum', Zhongshan, China By Chikeung Poon

Floral: Second Place, 'Chrysanthemum', Zhongshan, China By Chikeung Poon

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Heather Hayllar
Community Member
2 months ago

Glorious

#26

Panorama: Third Place, 'Immersion', Meteora, Greece By Garrine Tsang

Panorama: Third Place, 'Immersion', Meteora, Greece By Garrine Tsang

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CharliAnn Olney
Community Member
2 months ago

I want a print of that in my home!

#27

Portrait: First Place, 'Beautiful Isolation', Ouarzazate, Morocco By Mona Jumaan

Portrait: First Place, 'Beautiful Isolation', Ouarzazate, Morocco By Mona Jumaan

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Marlene Ricker
Community Member
2 months ago

The room is so very beautiful but he is so alone.

#28

Children: First Place, 'Cotton Candy', Vorontsovsky Park, Moscow By Ekaterina Varzar

Children: First Place, 'Cotton Candy', Vorontsovsky Park, Moscow By Ekaterina Varzar

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Perfectly Imperfect
Community Member
2 months ago

Love the playful innocence! And now, I want some cotton candy myself!

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#29

Lifestyle: Third Place, 'Devil’s Gold', Kawa Ijen Volcano, Indonesia By Liu Dan

Lifestyle: Third Place, 'Devil’s Gold', Kawa Ijen Volcano, Indonesia By Liu Dan

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Zulma Ruiz
Community Member
2 months ago

There are some documentaries about this place, and the dangerous work that those men do, going up and down the mountains with sulfur on their backs, very sad.

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#30

People: First Place, 'Knitting To Heal Wounds', Ayacucho, Peru By Omar Lucas

People: First Place, 'Knitting To Heal Wounds', Ayacucho, Peru By Omar Lucas

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Marlene Ricker
Community Member
2 months ago

Wow! I love this one!

#31

Sunset: First Place, 'Nightfall At The Dolomites', Auronzo Di Cadore, Italy By Leo Chan

Sunset: First Place, 'Nightfall At The Dolomites', Auronzo Di Cadore, Italy By Leo Chan

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#32

Abstract: Third Place, 'Silent Architecture', Shanghai, By Tod Chen

Abstract: Third Place, 'Silent Architecture', Shanghai, By Tod Chen

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Why?
Community Member
2 months ago

The emperor's new palace.

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Architecture: Second Place, 'Palm Tree Series #5', Los Angeles, California By Emilia Kashfian

Architecture: Second Place, 'Palm Tree Series #5', Los Angeles, California By Emilia Kashfian

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Loki’s Lil Butter Knife
Community Member
2 months ago

Really neat use of perspective in this photograph.

#34

Animals: Third Place, 'The Empty Quarter', United Arab Emirates, By Anna Aiko

Animals: Third Place, 'The Empty Quarter', United Arab Emirates, By Anna Aiko

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Kika González
Community Member
2 months ago

That dog looks starved??

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#35

Other: First Place, 'Beach Chair', Westhampton Beach, New York By Danielle Moir

Other: First Place, 'Beach Chair', Westhampton Beach, New York By Danielle Moir

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Perfectly Imperfect
Community Member
2 months ago

Erie. The colors in the fog are amazing!

#36

People: Second Place, 'The Temple Of Philae', Aswan, Egypt By Kris Arzadun

People: Second Place, 'The Temple Of Philae', Aswan, Egypt By Kris Arzadun

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#37

Still Life: Second Place, 'Winding Down', Manila, Philippines By Kristian Cruz

Still Life: Second Place, 'Winding Down', Manila, Philippines By Kristian Cruz

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#38

Series: First Place, 'Tattooed Women', Mindat, Myanmar By Liu Dan

Series: First Place, 'Tattooed Women', Mindat, Myanmar By Liu Dan

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littlesaresare
Community Member
2 months ago

My ears hurt just looking at this.

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#39

Other: Second Place, 'Call From Mokattam Mountain', Cairo, Egypt By Magali Chesnel

Other: Second Place, 'Call From Mokattam Mountain', Cairo, Egypt By Magali Chesnel

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#40

Travel: Second Place, 'Eye Spy', Katoomba, Nsw, Australia By Anthony Ginns

Travel: Second Place, 'Eye Spy', Katoomba, Nsw, Australia By Anthony Ginns

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bastillee
Community Member
2 months ago

So very mysterious. What story lies behind this photo?

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#41

Lifestyle: First Place, 'Culture Fusion', Cancun, Mexico By Audrey Blake

Lifestyle: First Place, 'Culture Fusion', Cancun, Mexico By Audrey Blake

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#42

Poty: Third Place, 'Sheikh Of Youth', Baghdad, Iraq By Saif Hussain

Poty: Third Place, 'Sheikh Of Youth', Baghdad, Iraq By Saif Hussain

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Catlady6000
Community Member
2 months ago

Whoa. Nice effect!

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#43

Children: Second Place, 'Chinlone', Myanmar, By Dan Liu

Children: Second Place, 'Chinlone', Myanmar, By Dan Liu

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Marlene Ricker
Community Member
2 months ago

I like the pictures of the kids playing very much!

#44

Still Life: First Place, 'The Wine Bottle And The Seven Chouriços', Santa Maria Dos Olivais, Portugal By Joao Cabaco

Still Life: First Place, 'The Wine Bottle And The Seven Chouriços', Santa Maria Dos Olivais, Portugal By Joao Cabaco

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#45

Floral: Third Place, 'Untitled', By Hao Wen

Floral: Third Place, 'Untitled', By Hao Wen

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Alina
Community Member
2 months ago

What are those?

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Note: this post originally had 57 images. It’s been shortened to the top 45 images based on user votes.