While Californian-based company Apple hold its own ‘Shot On iPhone Challenge‘, the official iPhone Photography Awards (IPPA) is the longest running competition since it inception in 2007. Announced from New York this week, after sifting through thousands of entrants from over 140 countries, 22 finalists were chosen.

The Grand Prize Winner and Photographer of the Year Award went to Gabriella Cigliano of Italy for her entry Big Sister. First, Second and Third Place Photographers of the Year Awards also went to Diogo Lage of Portugal for his image Sea Stripes, Yuliya Ibraeva of Russia for her entry of Sorry, no movie today and Pend Hao of China for his image Come Across.

The 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in 18 categories were awarded to photographers who represented countries spanning around the globe and included Australia, Bahrain, Belarus, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Peru, Portugal, Russia, South Africa, Taiwan, the United Kingdom and the United States.

From stunning landscapes to abstract light work, scroll below to see the captivating images.

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