NEW YORK- July 25, 2019 – The iPhone Photography Awards ( IPPAWARDS) has announced the winners of the 12th Annual Awards. This year’s winners were selected from thousands of entries submitted by iPhone photographers from over 140 countries around the world.
The 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in 18 categories were awarded to photographers who represented many countries around the world, among them Mona Jumaan; a passionated Bahraini traveler who won the first place in the portrait category. It is also the first time a woman from the GCC is awarded at the IPP. Mona shot her award-winning picture while visiting Mongolia western province of Bayan Olgii, known to be home to the Kazakhs eagle hunters. She recalls “after watching the movie Eagle huntress it became my mission to visit Mongolia and photograph the eagle hunters; I couldn’t believe it when my shot was posted on the IPPAWARDS Instagram 3 days later”.
On shooting with iPhone Mona describes “smartphones are now sophisticated and capable of shooting raw files as well as JPEGs, which means you can fully control the editing”. She furthers adds “I used my iPhone not only because it is easier & lighter but also because it got some very cool options such as faster lenses that allow for a greater intake of light or aperture value that helps produce softer backgrounds and gives users greater control over focus”.
This is Mona 3rd attempt to the IPPA, she comments “IPPA is one of the most popular competition and it is also very easy and straightforward to submit your photos, this is the first award for me so it will always be very special”.
The Grand Prize winner and photographer of the Year Award goes to Gabrielle Cigliano of Italy for her entry “Big Sister”. First, Second and third Place Photographers of the Year Awards go to Diego 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”.
About the iPhone photography Awards
iPhone photography awards (IPPAWARDS) is the first and longest-running photography competition. Founded in 2007, IPPAWARDS has been celebrating the creativity of iPhone photographers since the iPhone first began to inspire and engage users worldwide. Every year since then, IPPAWARDS has selected the very best shots among thousands of images submitted by iPhone photographers from more than 140 countries around the world. Winners are selected by esteemed jury members in a multi-step process and the Photographers the Year are then awarded.