In order to take a good photo, people think they need an expensive camera, and after that, they think they need an even more expensive lens, and so forth. In reality, all you need is your phone, and a mix of imagination and skills. And the result is sometimes even better than the results with expensive gear. This effect is called toolbox fallacy: the gist of it is that in order to do something, people mistakenly think that they need a list of tools to do it, when in fact, anything minimal might suffice.

The annual Mobile Photography Awards (MPA) organizers have announced the winners and runners-up of their 10th annual competition. MPA is the longest-running international competition that recognizes and rewards photography captured on mobile phones or tablets.

Over 5,700 images were submitted from 75 countries. Participants entered their work into a broad range of 20 categories including Photo Essays, Transportation, Street Photography, Photojournalism, Black & White, and Digital Fine Art, among others.

More info: mobilephotoawards.com | Instagram | Facebook | twitter.com

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People, 1st Place: Look Back By Rohan Sajeev

People, 1st Place: Look Back By Rohan Sajeev

Google Pixel 3

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Abigail Johnson
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1 month ago

what happened!?

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Dan Liu, a mobile photographer from China, won the title of MPA Photographer of the Year and a grand prize of $3,000 cash. Dan Liu is an independent photographer & visual artist who currently lives in Chengdu, China. His work focuses mainly on humanist and landscape photography. Dan has traveled to nearly 50 countries around the world & 100 cities in China where he explores & records the relationship among various social & cultural groups, as well as their unique characteristics. For this year's winning photos, he used an iPhone 11 Pro Max.

#2

Silhouettes, 1st Place: On Inle Lake By Dan Liu

Silhouettes, 1st Place: On Inle Lake By Dan Liu

iPhone 11 Pro Max

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Draco Malfoy
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1 month ago

This one is one of my favorites

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#3

Photographer Of The Year Winner: Kuki Tattoo By Dan Liu

Photographer Of The Year Winner: Kuki Tattoo By Dan Liu

iPhone 11 Pro Max

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JESSE REED
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1 month ago

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wish they said what phone was used

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Making a full circle to the introductory paragraph, this year's winners go to show that you can take a great photo even with less than perfect gear, like Black & White category winner Alessandra Manzotti, who did it on her iPhone 5C, which is considered somewhat old by today's standards. And the brands are not as important as some may think. Winners used iPhones, Samsungs, and Huaweis, and even Xiaomis, and Vivo, among lesser-known brands. The lesson here is: go out and do it, and you may become the winner of next year's MPA.

#4

Black & White, 1st Place: Horse Play By Alessandra Manzotti

Black & White, 1st Place: Horse Play By Alessandra Manzotti

iPhone 5C

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Susan Green
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1 month ago

Beautiful!!

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#5

Eyes Of The World, 1st Place: Cantonese Opera By Queenie Cheen

Eyes Of The World, 1st Place: Cantonese Opera By Queenie Cheen

Vivo X50 Pro

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banana man
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4 weeks ago

beautiful!

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#6

Street Photography, 1st Place: Stuart Street, Boston By Jeff Larason

Street Photography, 1st Place: Stuart Street, Boston By Jeff Larason

iPhone 7

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Isabel Ortiz
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1 month ago

THATS SO BEAUTIFUL!

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#7

Architecture & Design, 1st Place: The Beauty Of Arches By Mona Jumaan

Architecture & Design, 1st Place: The Beauty Of Arches By Mona Jumaan

iPhone XR

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Rianna Panda
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1 month ago

beautiful

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#8

Photojournalism, 1st Place: Small Town Protest By Stephanie Calabrese

Photojournalism, 1st Place: Small Town Protest By Stephanie Calabrese

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GaeFrog
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1 month ago

u n d e r r a t e d

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#9

Macro & Details, 1st Place: Duo By Fabio Sartori

Macro & Details, 1st Place: Duo By Fabio Sartori

Samsung Galaxy S8

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McPanda
Community Member
1 month ago

This probably did not have a happy ending for one of them...

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#10

Transportation 1st Place: Untitled By Chen Ma

Transportation 1st Place: Untitled By Chen Ma

Xiaomi MI10

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McPanda
Community Member
1 month ago

Looks like a ribbon snake

#11

Photographer Of The Year Winner: Groom And His Horse By Dan Liu

Photographer Of The Year Winner: Groom And His Horse By Dan Liu

iPhone 11 Pro Max

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Annie
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Great photo! Love the colors, patterns and textures

#12

Photographer Of The Year Winner: Early Evening Poplar By Dan Liu

Photographer Of The Year Winner: Early Evening Poplar By Dan Liu

iPhone 11 Pro Max

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Felice Coles
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Always a good idea to document the powerful persistence of Nature.

#13

Landscapes, 1st Place: Lake Baikal By Juan Zas Espinosa

Landscapes, 1st Place: Lake Baikal By Juan Zas Espinosa

Huawei

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PeachthePan
Community Member
1 month ago

:0

#14

Photographer Of The Year Winner: Poplar Under The Sky By Dan Liu

Photographer Of The Year Winner: Poplar Under The Sky By Dan Liu

iPhone 11 Pro Max

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Darlene Melcon
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Stunning....

#15

The Darkness/ Noir, 1st Place: Late Night By George Koutsouvelis

The Darkness/ Noir, 1st Place: Late Night By George Koutsouvelis

iPhone 8 Plus

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Capelli rosa e patate
Community Member
4 weeks ago

Isn’t it amazing how an artist can take something like a man in a hat next to a building and make it look sinister? Really awesome.

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#16

Nature & Wildlife, 1st Place: Jian Cui, Deer Hidden In The Forest

Nature & Wildlife, 1st Place: Jian Cui, Deer Hidden In The Forest

iPhone XR

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Kevin Donegan
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1 month ago

Did someone lose their pet deer?

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#17

Photo Essay, 1st Place: Hot Dust & The Myth Of Being A Man By Juliet Cope

Photo Essay, 1st Place: Hot Dust & The Myth Of Being A Man By Juliet Cope

As a mother of two boys, I want to investigate ‘Boy Culture'. What does it mean to raise a boy? What does it mean to be a man?

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Angelica H
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1 month ago

Almost looks like a painting

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#18

Travel & Adventure, 1st Place: Reverence By Jinyi He

Travel & Adventure, 1st Place: Reverence By Jinyi He

Huawei

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Ammie Gunter
Community Member
4 weeks ago

It looks like their walking on water!

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Photo Essay, 1st Place: Hot Dust & The Myth Of Being A Man By Juliet Cope

Photo Essay, 1st Place: Hot Dust & The Myth Of Being A Man By Juliet Cope

That perhaps the archetypes that we feed them, the unwavering hero, the silent, strong superhero are as stifling as the princess.

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Birma Gustafsson
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Very insightful.

#20

Photo Essay, 1st Place: Hot Dust & The Myth Of Being A Man By Juliet Cope

Photo Essay, 1st Place: Hot Dust & The Myth Of Being A Man By Juliet Cope

In the UK, consistently since the fifties, three-quarters of suicides have been male.

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Kevin Donegan
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1 month ago

I used to love the old "cognitive spatial tests" given in school. My brain is struggling to match the jumper with his shadow.

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#21

Visual Fx, 1st Place: Mrs. Klimt Had Her Own Sense Of Style By Jen Mckenzie

Visual Fx, 1st Place: Mrs. Klimt Had Her Own Sense Of Style By Jen Mckenzie

iPhone XR

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PeachthePan
Community Member
1 month ago

mrs. klimt freaking rocks!

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#22

Water, Snow, Ice, 1st Place: San Clemente By Roger Clay

Water, Snow, Ice, 1st Place: San Clemente By Roger Clay

iPhone XS Max

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Annie
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Beautiful

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#23

Portraits, 1st Place: Morgan In Pink By Michelle Simmons

Portraits, 1st Place: Morgan In Pink By Michelle Simmons

iPhone XS

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Kika González
Community Member
4 weeks ago

That is so beautiful

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#24

Photographer Of The Year Winner: Street Football By Dan Liu

Photographer Of The Year Winner: Street Football By Dan Liu

iPhone 11 Pro Max

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#25

Digital Fine Art, 1st Place: Movie Night By John Nieto

Digital Fine Art, 1st Place: Movie Night By John Nieto

iPhone 7 Plus

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#26

Self-Portrait, 1st Place: The New Norm By Leigh Darilek

Self-Portrait, 1st Place: The New Norm By Leigh Darilek

iPhone 11 Pro Max

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#27

Photo Essay, 1st Place: Hot Dust & The Myth Of Being A Man By Juliet Cope

Photo Essay, 1st Place: Hot Dust & The Myth Of Being A Man By Juliet Cope

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#28

Still Life, 1st Place: Je Suis Charlie By Cedric Blanchon

Still Life, 1st Place: Je Suis Charlie By Cedric Blanchon

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Kevin Donegan
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1 month ago

Someone needs to ask the artist, "Are you feeling suicidal?" It's not an easy question to answer but one that shouldn't scare people away.

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Photo Essay, 1st Place: Hot Dust & The Myth Of Being A Man By Juliet Cope

Photo Essay, 1st Place: Hot Dust & The Myth Of Being A Man By Juliet Cope

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Kevin Donegan
Community Member
1 month ago

I don't know if this a young boy or young girl ... what I do know is whoever the adult in the room is, they should take away the cigarettes.

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Photo Essay, 1st Place: Hot Dust & The Myth Of Being A Man By Juliet Cope

Photo Essay, 1st Place: Hot Dust & The Myth Of Being A Man By Juliet Cope

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Ammie Gunter
Community Member
4 weeks ago

That's a sweet golden Xbox controller!

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