One result of the recent advancements in technology is a huge amount of people around the world are now able to own modern mobile phones that have ever-increasing capabilities and uses. One particular brand – arguably the most well-known of them all – is the Apple iPhone. As of November 2018, a staggering 2.2 billion iPhones had been sold worldwide.
Every year, Apple holds the “Shot on iPhone Challenge,” where photographers around the world are invited to submit their best snaps of remarkable moments or scenery captured by what’s been dubbed as “the world’s most popular camera” – the iPhone camera. Innovations such as smart HDR and depth control have made it possible to create genuinely professional-looking images using just your phone – and this article highlights the best as determined by a panel of judges.
The 10 selected winners are featured on billboards in selected cities, in Apple retail stores, and online. This year, the winning shots came from a range of iPhone models, from the 7 to the XS Max – showcasing the quality of the cameras across the line. The winning photographers came from countries including Singapore, Germany, Belarus, Israel, and the US, which highlights the global community of iPhone photographers that participated.
An Unknown Building in an Unknown City
This photograph, taken by Alex Jiang from the US, is of an average apartment building in an unknown city. The iPhone XS Max that has been used to snap the photo has captured not only the vivid colors in the scene but also the people.
Zooming in, you can see the details of each person and family, which adds depth to the photograph – there’s a lot more going on than you initially don’t notice. One judge of the competition, Annet de Graaf, states that it symbolizes “narrative in architecture.”