World's best iPhone photographs

Think your iPhone camera roll has what it takes to compete with the world’s best.

Apple has announced the winners of the 2019 Shot on iPhone Challenge.

The winning shots came from photographers around the world including Singapore, Germany, Belarus, Israel and the US and were wide-ranging in subject matter.

Each of the photographs entered were assessed by an international panel of judges and the top 10 (shown below) will be featured on billboards, online and in Apple stores globally.

The winners:

Alex Jiang (US), iPhone Xs Max

Alex Jiang winning shot

“This is a photo filled with lovely colour and sense of story in the composition. Zooming in, you can see details of each family and their unique touch. The basketball hoop is placed right in the middle of the photo, adding more stories behind the image.” – Judge Chen Man.

Blake Marvin (US), iPhone Xs Max

Blake winning shot

“The stolen glance between this raccoon/thief and photographer is priceless, we can imagine that it is saying ‘if you back away slowly no one has to get hurt.’ A nice use of black and white, the focus on the raccoon and the inside of the hollow log provides an organic movement frozen in time.” – Judge Phil Schiller.

Darren Soh (Singapore), Iphone Xs Max

Darren Soh winning shot

“A reflection that looks like a painting, two worlds have collided. You are compelled to think about where and how this photo was taken, the bird flying in the corner provides the single sign of life in an otherwise surreal composition.” – Judge Phil Schiller.

Nikita Yarosh (Belarus) iPhone 7

Nikita winning shot

“I love how accessible this image is: You don’t have to travel to Iceland to capture something beautiful, it’s right under your nose. The way the lines intersect, the vibrant colour, the sense of old and new … this is just a great image.” – Judge Austin Mann.

Dina Alfasi (Israel) iPhone X

Dina winning shot

“Love how the heart shaped water puddle frames the subject, capturing a glimpse of the world as the subject hurriedly walks past.” – Judge Sebastien Marineau-Mes

Elizabeth Scarrott (US) iphone 8 Plus

Elizabeth winning shot

“A portrait that captures the wonderment of childhood in a beautiful setting. Great composition that shows both the personality of the child and the experience in the surroundings.” – Judge Brooks Kraft.

Andrew Griswold (US) iPhone Xs

Andrew winning shot

“This image is very well thought through and executed. The background pattern holds the image together and the repeated smaller versions of that pattern in the water droplets create a lot of visual interest. The creative use of depth of field here is excellent.”  - Judge Jon McCormack.

Bernard Antolin (US) iPhone Xs Max

Bernard winning shot

“Looks like a simple scene but a good choice of using black and white to elevate it with a different mood. Helps to bring out the dramatic contrast in the clouds and the surrounding landscape.” – Judge Kaiann Drance.

Lie Adi Darmawan (US) iPhone Xs

LieAdi winning shot

“I feel like this landscape was treated like an old portrait. The texture of the mountains evokes an old wrinkled face. Portraits and landscapes are the oldest way of creative representation by humans. There’s something about it that belongs to the realms of the subconscious mind, and this is mainly what appeals to me of this picture; the part that I’m not able to explain.” – Judge Luísa Dörr. 

Robert Glaser (Germany) iPhone 7

Robert winning shot

“Gorgeous dynamic range. There’s detail throughout the photo in the meadow, trees, and clouds. Beautiful deep sky and pleasing colour overall.” – Judge Kaiann Drance.