The photos for the competition were submitted by thousands of iPhone photographers from over 140 countries for various categories such as Portrait, Abstract, and Still Life. The grand prix this year went to Sebastiano Tomada from Brooklyn, New York for his picture of “Children roaming the streets in Qayyarah near the fire and smoke billowing from oil wells, set ablaze by ISIS militants”.
Antoine Repessé stopped throwing away his trash back in 2011 to show everyone just how much of it we accumulate in such a relatively moderate period of time. He has accumulated over 70 cubic metres of trash: 1,600 milk bottles, 4,800 toilet rolls, and 800 kg of newspapers to then create a powerful series of photos just to show how massive our consumerism is.
California photographer Chris Crisman went around photographing women who worked in lines of work that are considered by many as unusual, to represent and normalize women in those spaces. Determined to show his children that they could be anything they wanted, he sums up the photo series’ message in one sentence: “Gender should not determine professional opportunities.”
Photographer Eirik Halvorsen is a professional photographer who, after he found a thread on the Internet about saving money on wedding photographers by having guests take photos instead, decided to prove everyone on that thread wrong. He compared photos taken by a professional photographer at his own wedding to those taken by guests. Decide yourself, which are better.
Canadian artist and filmmaker Jon Rafman has spent many hours culling through these images. He takes screen shots of the best ones and displays them on his blog (though never reveals their location). Called "9-Eyes," his Tumblr is named after the nine cameras that Google's Street View cars use.
Photographer Skyler Adams decided to try herself at taking pictures with one dollar camera for a month. She said that not so long ago she realized she was more passionate about buying new expensive camera gear than about photos themselves. So, she bought a Canon Sure Shot camera for $1 and an expired roll of Fujifilm Superia 400 film. She was pleasantly surprised with the result. Have a look at what pictures a pro can take with a crappy camera.
John Thackwray, a photographer from South Africa, created a photo series he called ‘My Room Project.’ He traveled around the world for six years taking pictures of millennials’ bedrooms, people born in 80s and 90s. He has been to 55 countries and photographed over 1,000 bedrooms for his project. Its purpose is to “capture and compare the different hopes and aspirations of one particular generation.”