Digital photography is getting better all the time, and nowhere is this better demonstrated than in the quality of modern smartphone snaps. The images produced by the tiny lenses that poke through the metal body of today's iPhones can be nothing short of spellbinding, and the annual iPhone Photography Awards, now in its 11th year, highlights the best of the best.

The iPhone Photography Awards have been run and won every year since 2007, the same year the first iPhone was released. All you need is an iPhone or iPad to enter, and enter thousands did for the 2018 edition, with submissions coming in from more than 140 countries.

Images are judged on a mix of artistic merit, originality, subject, and style, with the entries battling it out across 18 different categories. These include animals, architecture, children, landscape, lifestyle, nature, people, and travel. Every submission, meanwhile, is in the running to win the Grand Prize Winner Photographer of the Year title.

Taking top honors this year is the above shot by Bangladesh's Jashim Salam. Taken on an iPhone 7, it shows a group of Rohingyan children watching an awareness film about health and sanitation near a refugee camp outside Ukhiya, Bangladesh.

Meanwhile, Italy's Massimo Graziani took out the architecture category with this beautiful shot of curved archways in Rome, taken on his iPhone 7 Plus.

The nature category produced a stack of stunning images, including this gem from China's Peng Ju Tang. Also taken with an iPhone 7 Plus, the photo depicts a giant iceberg in the Qaasuitsup Kommune region of Greenland.

But these provide just a taste of the smartphone-snapping exploits showcased in the 2018 iPhone Photography Awards. For a look at the highlights from all 18 categories, jump on into our gallery.

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