These are the 2015 Winners at the iPhone Photography Awards (AKA: The Best iPhone Photos in the World)

Sure, you know when to use Hudson or Mayfair, and how to throw on HDR, but you’ve still got a long way to go when it comes to taking the best iPhone photos in the world.

Here’s proof.

The iPhone Photography Awards just announced the 2015 winners of their 8th annual competition – and the works are stunning.

Amateur photographer Michał Koralewski of Poland took home first place with his photo ‘Sounds of the Old Town’, which shows an elder accordionist in the market square of Warsaw. David Craik‘s iPad mini photo of birds at a café in Dorset, U.K. placed second, while American Yvonne Lu‘s intimate snap of a sleeping couple on a train along the Hudson River rounded out the top three.

1st Place: Michal Koralewski, Poland

2nd Place: David Craik, United Kingdom

3rd Place: Yvonne Lu, United States

All 57 winners from this year’s competition can be seen here.

Thousands of entries from around the world were considered across 19 categories, which included travel, architecture, food, and portrait. Photos had to be taken with an iPhone, iPod, or an iPad without being altered in Photoshop or any other desktop image processing program; editing photos with iPhone/iPad apps is fair game, as is the use of add-on lenses and other external accessories.

The IPPAwards are considered the most respected contest of its kind in the world and has made a significant contribution to the overall acclaim of mobile photography in recent years. Considering the iPhone is now the most widely used camera on the planet, the contest’s influence will surely continue to rise in esteem over the coming years.

FYI: Entries for the 2016 competition are now open.

1st Place – Animals: Sephi Bergerson


1st Place – Architecture: Christian Frank

1st Place – Flowers: Amy Paterson

1st Place – Landscape: Chris Belcina

1st Place – People: Song Han


1st Place – Seasons: Heather Goss

1st Place – Travel: Ahmed Solimani