06/12/2014 04:11 pm ET Updated Jun 12, 2014

The iPhone Photography Awards Are Here! And Yes, These Were Taken With A Smart Phone

It's official. That little camera lens on the back of your smart phone can capture way more than your Vegas trip or Saturday brunch. The results of this year's iPhone Photography Awards (IPPAWARDS) are in and, as usual, they're absolutely mesmerizing.

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Julio Lucas, Bradenton, FL United States 1st Place - 2014 Photographer of the Year

The competition, which dates back to 2007, the year of the iPhone's debut, is the first and longest photo contest focused on the powers of your favorite portable photography device. Thousands of artists from all over the world contributed their best images captured via iPhone, iPod or iPad, submitting them to 17 categories including sunsets, travel and architecture. The photos can be manipulated on phone apps like Instagram, but Photoshop and other desktop post-processing methods are prohibited. As you'll see, most photographers don't even need to manipulate their stunning images with faux vintage filters.

This year 54 photographers took home prizes, hailing from 17 countries overall. The winning images range from adorable animals to breathtaking landscapes to aesthetically intriguing architectural forms. We've included a small fraction of the victors below. Take a look and perhaps you'll be inspired by the vast artistic potential just waiting in your humble iOS. Check out the IPPA website to learn about how you can be a part of next year's competition.

  • Jose Luis Barcia Fernandez
    JOSE LUIS BARCIA FERNANDEZ Madrid, Spain 2nd Place - 2014 Photographer of the Year
  • Jill Missner
    JILL MISSNER Ridgefield, CT United States 3rd Place Photographer of the Year
  • Brandon Kidwell
    BRANDON KIDWELL - Jacksonville, FL United States 1st Place Lifestyle
  • Melisa Barilli
    MELISA BARRILLI York, Ontario Canada 3rd Place Children
  • Michael O'Neal
    Michael O'Neal San Francisco, CA United States 1st Place Animals
  • Felicia Pandola
    FELICIA PANDOLA Providence, RI United States 1st Place Nature
  • Cocu Liu
    COCU LIU Cocu Liu, IL United States 2nd Place Trees
  • Naomi Wu
    NAOMI WU New Taipei City, Taiwan 2nd Place Animals
  • Edward Adams
    EDWARD ADAMS Pebworth, Warwickshire United Kingdom 3rd Place Sunset
  • Coco Liu
    COCU LIU Coco Liu, Illinois United States 1st Place Seasons
  • Jordan Fraser
    JORDAN FRASER Belfast, Ireland 2nd Place Travel
  • Yilang Peng
    YILANG PENG Madison, WI United States 1st Place Architecture
  • Mihai Coliban
    MIHAI COLIBAN Bucharest, Romania 3rd Place Lifestyle
  • Chun Wai To
    CHUN WAI TO Hong Kong 2nd Place Architecture


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