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Gallery: Smartphone photography comes of age in the 8th Mobile Photography Awards

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1st place winner in the Travel & Adventure category. Giza Pyramids, shot on a Samsung Galaxy, model unknown
1st place winner in the Travel & Adventure category. Giza Pyramids, shot on a Samsung Galaxy, model unknown
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A submission from Grand Prize winner Dominika Koszowska's body of work. Shot with a Sony Xperia
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A submission from Grand Prize winner Dominika Koszowska's body of work. Shot with a Sony Xperia
A submission from Grand Prize winner Dominika Koszowska's body of work. Shot with a Sony Xperia
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A submission from Grand Prize winner Dominika Koszowska's body of work. Shot with a Sony Xperia
A submission from Grand Prize winner Dominika Koszowska's body of work. Shot with a Sony Xperia
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A submission from Grand Prize winner Dominika Koszowska's body of work. Shot with a Sony Xperia
1st place winner in the Still Life category. Titled Corrugate, shot with an iPhoneX
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1st place winner in the Still Life category. Titled Corrugate, shot with an iPhoneX
1st place winner in the Street Photography category. Running On Empty, shot on an iPhone7 Plus
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1st place winner in the Street Photography category. Running On Empty, shot on an iPhone7 Plus
1st place winner in the Travel & Adventure category. Giza Pyramids, shot on a Samsung Galaxy, model unknown
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1st place winner in the Travel & Adventure category. Giza Pyramids, shot on a Samsung Galaxy, model unknown
1st place winner in Architecture & Design. In A Cracked Mirror, shot on an iPhoneX
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1st place winner in Architecture & Design. In A Cracked Mirror, shot on an iPhoneX
1st place winner in the Black and White category. Art of the White Stone, shot on a Xiaomi, model unknown
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1st place winner in the Black and White category. Art of the White Stone, shot on a Xiaomi, model unknown
1st place winner in the Macro & Details category. Dressed in Powerful Pollen, shot on an iPhone 6s
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1st place winner in the Macro & Details category. Dressed in Powerful Pollen, shot on an iPhone 6s
1st place winner in the Nature & Wildlife category. On the Roof of the World, shot on an iPhone 7 plus
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1st place winner in the Nature & Wildlife category. On the Roof of the World, shot on an iPhone 7 plus
1st place winner in the Silhouettes category. Blue, shot on an iPhone 6s plus
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1st place winner in the Silhouettes category. Blue, shot on an iPhone 6s plus
1st place winner in the Landscapes category. Etive Mor, shot on a Huawei, model unknown
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1st place winner in the Landscapes category. Etive Mor, shot on a Huawei, model unknown
1st place winner in The Darkness category. Night Walk in Hong Kong, shot on an iPhoneX
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1st place winner in The Darkness category. Night Walk in Hong Kong, shot on an iPhoneX
1st place winner in the Water/Snow/Ice category. Winter's Arrival, shot on a Google Pixel 2
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1st place winner in the Water/Snow/Ice category. Winter's Arrival, shot on a Google Pixel 2
1st place winner in the Digital Fine Art category. Freedom Journey, created using an iPhone 8 plus
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1st place winner in the Digital Fine Art category. Freedom Journey, created using an iPhone 8 plus
Honorable mention in the Architecture and Design category. Montreal Morning
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Honorable mention in the Architecture and Design category. Montreal Morning
Honorable mention in the Architecture and Design category. Unite
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Honorable mention in the Architecture and Design category. Unite
Honorable mention in the Architecture and Design category. Home
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Honorable mention in the Architecture and Design category. Home
Honorable mention in the Black and White category. Vanilla Slice
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Honorable mention in the Black and White category. Vanilla Slice
Honorable mention in the Black and White category. To the Point
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Honorable mention in the Black and White category. To the Point
Honorable mention in the Landscapes category. Solitaire
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Honorable mention in the Landscapes category. Solitaire
Honorable mention in the Landscapes category. Morning Fog
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Honorable mention in the Landscapes category. Morning Fog
Honorable mention in the Macro & Details category. The Eye
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Honorable mention in the Macro & Details category. The Eye
Honorable mention in the People category. Cleaner
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Honorable mention in the People category. Cleaner
Honorable mention in the Silhouettes category. The Cave
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Honorable mention in the Silhouettes category. The Cave
Honorable mention in the Street Photography category. The "L" Train
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Honorable mention in the Street Photography category. The "L" Train
Honorable mention in the Travel & Adventure category. Garmeth Desert
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Honorable mention in the Travel & Adventure category. Garmeth Desert
Honorable mention in the Travel & Adventure category. Summer Time
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Honorable mention in the Travel & Adventure category. Summer Time
Honorable mention in the Travel & Adventure category. Sahara
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Honorable mention in the Travel & Adventure category. Sahara
Honorable mention in the Travel & Adventure category. Low Tide
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Honorable mention in the Travel & Adventure category. Low Tide
Honorable mention in the Water/Snow/Ice category. Winter Walk
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Honorable mention in the Water/Snow/Ice category. Winter Walk
Honorable mention in the Water/Snow/Ice category. Reflection
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Honorable mention in the Water/Snow/Ice category. Reflection
Honorable mention in the Water/Snow/Ice category. Pray
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Honorable mention in the Water/Snow/Ice category. Pray
More shots from Grand Prize winner Dominika Koszowska's body of work. Shot with a Sony Xperia
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More shots from Grand Prize winner Dominika Koszowska's body of work. Shot with a Sony Xperia
More shots from Grand Prize winner Dominika Koszowska's body of work. Shot with a Sony Xperia
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More shots from Grand Prize winner Dominika Koszowska's body of work. Shot with a Sony Xperia
More shots from Grand Prize winner Dominika Koszowska's body of work. Shot with a Sony Xperia
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More shots from Grand Prize winner Dominika Koszowska's body of work. Shot with a Sony Xperia
More shots from Grand Prize winner Dominika Koszowska's body of work. Shot with a Sony Xperia
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More shots from Grand Prize winner Dominika Koszowska's body of work. Shot with a Sony Xperia
More shots from Grand Prize winner Dominika Koszowska's body of work. Shot with a Sony Xperia
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More shots from Grand Prize winner Dominika Koszowska's body of work. Shot with a Sony Xperia

In its 8th year, the Mobile Photography Awards has finally become more than a niche or novelty photography competition. Celebrating the artistry that can be created using current smartphone cameras, this year's winners demonstrate just how far the technology has come, with an incredible array of world-class photographs.

It's fair to say this competition probably looked quite a bit different when Canadian photographer Daniel Berman founded the awards back in 2011. Whereas the challenge of the competition originally would have been to find a creative way around the resolution limitations of a mobile phone camera, eight years on technology has evolved to the point where the competition's submissions are genuinely a match for any major global photographic competition.

"It's another astounding year for the evolution of mobile phone cameras, both technologically and artistically," says Berman.

1st place winner in Architecture & Design. In A Cracked Mirror, shot on an iPhoneX
1st place winner in Architecture & Design. In A Cracked Mirror, shot on an iPhoneX

Berman suggests the iPhone is still the smartphone behind the most winning entries, but among those celebrated submissions you will find photographs snapped with Google's Pixel 3 and the latest Samsung Galaxys. The only conditions for entry into one of 20 different themed categories is that the image must be entirely created on a smartphone or tablet. Additionally, any editing or post-production can only be undertaken using apps on a smartphone or tablet.

More shots from Grand Prize winner Dominika Koszowska's body of work. Shot with a Sony Xperia
More shots from Grand Prize winner Dominika Koszowska's body of work. Shot with a Sony Xperia

Alongside individual category winners, the jury selects an overall Grand Prize winner based on a larger body of submitted work. This year's top prize went to Polish fine art photographer Dominika Koszowska for an incredible series of images shot with a Sony Xperia smartphone (one example above).

"The advantage of mobile photography is that I always have my phone with me. I can quickly edit a photo and share it with my family, social media, friends," Koszowska explains. "Besides, I can easily blend in with the crowd without paying attention. The cost of taking a picture is really non-existent."

1st place winner in the Street Photography category. Running On Empty, shot on an iPhone7 Plus
1st place winner in the Street Photography category. Running On Empty, shot on an iPhone7 Plus

Take a look through our gallery at some other celebrated entries in this years Mobile Photography Awards.

Source: Mobile Photography Awards

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