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06/16/2015 10:27 am ET Updated Jun 22, 2015

These Are The Best Photos Taken On iPhones This Year

This year's winners of the iPhone Photography Awards were just announced, and the photos are incredible.

A jury chose the winners from iPhone photos submitted by photographers from more than 80 countries around the world.

The annual competition started in 2007, when the first iPhone was released. Today there are multiple categories, ranging from Abstract to Food to Flowers, as well as overall winners.

The rules are simple: All photos must be taken by an iPhone, iPad or iPod; the photographer can use add-on lenses and photo editing iOS apps, but no desktop software like Photoshop.

Looking at these gorgeous photos, it's hard to believe they were taken with the same phone many of us use on a daily basis, but the jury can (and sometimes does) verify that the photos were taken with the proper device. The locations listed are from the Awards website and indicate where the photographer is based.

Here are the 2015 winners:

  • Photographer: Michael Koralewski<br>
Category: Photographer of the Year, first place<br>
Location: Warsaw, Poland
    Michael Koralewski / IPPAWARDS
    Photographer: Michael Koralewski
    Category: Photographer of the Year, first place
    Location: Warsaw, Poland
  • Photographer: David Craik<br>
Category: Photographer of the Year, second place<br>
Location: Surrey, United Kingdom
    David Craik / IPPAWARDS
    Photographer: David Craik
    Category: Photographer of the Year, second place
    Location: Surrey, United Kingdom
  • Photographer: Yvonne Lu<br>
Category: Photographer of the Year, third place<br>
Location: New York, United States
    Yvonne Lu / IPPAWARDS
    Photographer: Yvonne Lu
    Category: Photographer of the Year, third place
    Location: New York, United States
  • Photographer: Ben Schuyler<br>
Category: Abstract, first place<br>
Location: Seattle, WA United States
    Ben Schuyler / IPPAWARDS
    Photographer: Ben Schuyler
    Category: Abstract, first place
    Location: Seattle, WA United States
  • Photographer: Sephi Bergerson<br>
Category: Animals, first place<br>
Location: Goa, India
    Sephi Bergerson / IPPAWARDS
    Photographer: Sephi Bergerson
    Category: Animals, first place
    Location: Goa, India
  • Photographer: Christian Frank<br>
Category: Architecture, first place<br>
Location: Stuttgart, Germany
    Christian Frank / IPPAWARDS
    Photographer: Christian Frank
    Category: Architecture, first place
    Location: Stuttgart, Germany
  • Photographer: Jeremy Kern<br>
Category: Children, first place<br>
Location: Washington, DC United States
    Jeremy Kern / IPPAWARDS
    Photographer: Jeremy Kern
    Category: Children, first place
    Location: Washington, DC United States
  • Photographer: Amy Paterson<br>
Category: Flowers, first place<br>
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
    Amy Paterson / IPPAWARDS
    Photographer: Amy Paterson
    Category: Flowers, first place
    Location: Cape Town, South Africa
  • Photographer: Xu Lin<br>
Category: Food, first place<br>
Location: Qing Dao City, China
    Xu lin / IPPAWARDS
    Photographer: Xu Lin
    Category: Food, first place
    Location: Qing Dao City, China
  • Photographer: Chris Belcina<br>
Category: Landscape, first place<br>
Location: Cooper City, FL United States
    Chris Belcine / IPPAWARDS
    Photographer: Chris Belcina
    Category: Landscape, first place
    Location: Cooper City, FL United States
  • Photographer: Fabio Alvarez<br>
Category: Lifestyle, first place<br>
Location: Pichincha, Ecuador
    Fabio Alvarez / IPPAWARDS
    Photographer: Fabio Alvarez
    Category: Lifestyle, first place
    Location: Pichincha, Ecuador
  • Photographer: Yvonne Naughton <br>
Category: Nature, first place<br>
Location: La Conner, WA United States
    Yvonne Naughton / IPPAWARDS
    Photographer: Yvonne Naughton
    Category: Nature, first place
    Location: La Conner, WA United States
  • Photographer: Jesse Alkire<br>
Category: News Events, first place<br>
Location: Chicago, IL United States
    Jesse Alkire / IPPAWARDS
    Photographer: Jesse Alkire
    Category: News Events, first place
    Location: Chicago, IL United States
  • Photographer: Andre Malerba <br>
Category: Panorama, first place<br>
Location: Woodstock, VT United States
    Andre Malerba / IPPAWARDS
    Photographer: Andre Malerba
    Category: Panorama, first place
    Location: Woodstock, VT United States
  • Photographer: Robert Radesic<br>
Category: Sunset, first place<br>
Location: Pula, Croatia
    Robert Radesic / IPPAWARDS
    Photographer: Robert Radesic
    Category: Sunset, first place
    Location: Pula, Croatia
  • Photographer: Heather Goss<br>
Category: Seasons, first place<br>
Location: Grand Haven, MI United States
    Heather Goss / IPPAWARDS
    Photographer: Heather Goss
    Category: Seasons, first place
    Location: Grand Haven, MI United States
  • Photographer: Song Han<br>
Category: People, first place<br>
Location: Chengdu, China
    Song Han / IPPAWARDS
    Photographer: Song Han
    Category: People, first place
    Location: Chengdu, China
  • Photographer: Ruairdh McGlynn<br>
Category: Trees, first place<br>
Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
    Ruairdh McGlynn / IPPAWARDS
    Photographer: Ruairdh McGlynn
    Category: Trees, first place
    Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Photographer: Cindy Buske<br>
Category: Still Life, first place<br>
Location: Lynnwood, WA United States
    Cindy Buske / IPPAWARDS
    Photographer: Cindy Buske
    Category: Still Life, first place
    Location: Lynnwood, WA United States
  • Photography: Ahmed Solimani <br>
Category: Travel, first place<br>
Location: Cairo, Egypt
    Ahmed Solimani / IPPAWARDS
    Photography: Ahmed Solimani
    Category: Travel, first place
    Location: Cairo, Egypt
  • Photography: Daniele Colombera <br>
Category: Portrait, first place<br>
Location: Los Angeles, CA United States
    Daniele Colombera / IPPAWARDS
    Photography: Daniele Colombera
    Category: Portrait, first place
    Location: Los Angeles, CA United States
  • Photographer: Jose Luiz Saez Martinez<br>
Category: Others, first place<br>
Location: Valencia, Spain
    Jose Luis Saez Martinez / IPPAWARDS
    Photographer: Jose Luiz Saez Martinez
    Category: Others, first place
    Location: Valencia, Spain


This story has been updated to include location details for the photos.

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