A series of stunning pictures have been revealed as the winners of Apple’s 2021 iPhone Photography Awards.
Dreamy dutch windmills at sunrise, the Northern Lights from a mountain top and breathtaking views over New York City are among the most notable photographs captured on the world’s best-selling smartphones from around the world, and to be named as winners in the 14th year of the awards.
The overall winner was Istvan Kerekes, whose gritty image of two burly Transylvanian Shepherds had a knock-out effect on the judges.
The Hungarian photographer’s photo shows two rugged shepherds in a snowy, industrial landscape with lambs tucked under their arms while factories pump out smoke in the background. It was taken in Transylvania, Romania.
Dusk: As the sun sets over Meknes, Morocco, people are seen casting long shadows as they mill about in Lahdim Square, a large gathering place known for its food sellers, market stalls & imperial Bab Mansour gate in Enhua Ni’s photograph
Left: The aptly named Magic of Aurora Borealis snap won Russian photographer Tatiana Merzlyakova first place in the travel category. The enchanting photo makes a figure in a silver coat look like a space explorer as they gaze out at the alien green lights above Teriberka, Russia. Right: Frozen Lines, taken by Matteo Lava on Lake St. Moritz, Switzerland, shows cracks forming in the ice on the lake
Transylvanian Shepherds: The Grand Prize Winner of the competition, which was snapped by Istvan Kerekes, whose gritty image of two burly Transylvanian Shepherds in Targu Mures, Romania wowed the judges. The two men are seen each carrying a lamb across a snowy feild covered in tractor tire marks, with a factory barely visible through the fog
Bonding: Sharan Shetty’s photo of a man and his horse (pictured) claimed first place, after the Grand Prize. The photo was taken by the Indian photohrapher in Yanar Dag, Baku in Azerbaijan, and shows an elderly man sitting on the floor beside his horse, who is shown nudging his rider with his nose as they travel through the desert
A Dutch Morning: Claire Droppert’s photograph from Kinderdijk, Netherlands shows five windmills in a row along the side of a river. The windmills all appear to be angled to catch the sun as it rises just out of view, causing the sky and water to turn magnificent shades of orange and purple
A Walk on Mars: Second place went to this other-worldly picture of a man in a space suit walking across Mars-like terrain in Max Qinghai, China. Mounds covered in red sand are seen as far as the eye can see against a perfectly clear sky
Side-walking on air: Third place was won by Jeff Rayner for his picture from Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California, which shows a young girl dancing and jumping into the air, with her silhouette captured on the garage door behind her
Left: Reach the Soul: A boy is shown in Quim Fabregas’ photograph with hands framing his face in Sare Soukanda, Senegal. Right: After the Jump: Erin Brooks took this photo in the seconds after the girl in the had jumped into the swimming pool
Indian snapper Sharan Shetty won the first place photographer of the year for her snap titled Bonding, an intimate picture that shows an elderly man in Baku, Azerbaijan, giving his horse an eskimo kiss in an empty landscape.
Dan Liu of China was a close second in the category as his out of this world image A Walk on Mars shows an astronaut wandering the red planet.
Liz Huang won the city life category with a stunning aerial photo showing workers atop a high-rise building in Manhattan, with views of New York.
The aptly named Magic of Aurora Borealis snap won Russian photographer Tatiana Merzlyakova first place in the travel category.
Heart of Muslims: In this time-lapse photo taken inside Masjid al-Haram – the Great Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia – thousands of people are shown walking around the Ka’bah, the cuboid-shaped building in the center of the Great Mosque seen as one of the most sacred sites in Islam. It is the site of pilgrimage in the Hajj, which every Muslim must do at least once in their lives if they are ablew
Left: Liz Huang won the city life category with a stunning aerial photo showing workers atop a high-rise building in Manhattan, with views of New York. Right, ‘Black Summer Blue Montaigne’: A woman with blue hair to match the colour of the seats around her sits alone in a stadium in Sydney, Australia, in Christian Horgan’s photograph
Sunrise Over Our Pond: This photo by Danette Spriggs shows a perfect reflection of a red sky in Angleton, Texas, along with the silhouette of a tree and the hedgerows
Stacked and flattened ‘solo cups’ – known best for their association with parties, and particularly the game of beer pong – are seen in Glenn Homann’s photohraph from Brisbane, Australia that featured in the environment category of the awards
Left: A dog’s hair is majestically blown in the wind in this moment capture by Theresa Lee in Pyrmont, Sydney, Australia. Right: A lizard is shown ‘posing’ for a photograph, taken by Laila Bakker in Nieuwerkerk aan den IJssel, Netherlands
Over the Clouds: A stunning black-and-white landscape is shown in this panoramic photograph taken by Gabriele Rodriquez looking across to Gruppo del Carega, Italy. The mountain has an elevation of 2,259 metres
The golden hair on the back of an unkown animal, possibly a horse or a donkey, is shown in close-up detail and contrasted with a blue background in Elizabeth Burns’ photograph from Ojo Sarco, New Mexico
Flight from Iguazu: The Paraná River in Argentina weaves its way through arid terrain, reaching all the way to the horizon in this aerial shot from Lizhi Wang. The river runs through Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina for some 3,000 miles, and is the second longest river on the continent after the Amazon river
The enchanting photo makes a figure in a silver coat look like a space explorer as they gaze out at the alien green lights above Teriberka, Russia.
And Claire Droppert’s beautiful photo ‘A Dutch Morning’ was worthy winner of the sunset snaps, with a piece Vincent Van Gough would be proud of.
It shows the pink-orange early morning light spilling across a lake and five grand windmills in Kinderdijk, Holland.
An awards spokesperson said: ‘The 14th Annual Awards recognise photographs taken over a remarkable year of grief and loneliness.
‘But despite a global pandemic, the winning images all glimpse moments of beauty, hope and the endurance of the human spirit.’
New Clothes for the Pole: A red puffer jacket is angled in such a way to make it look like a communications pylon is coming out of the coat, forming a head, before cables jet off in four directions. The composition was captured by Zerry Song in Luoyang, Henan, China
Left, ‘Taj Mahal in the Mist’: India’s iconic ‘Crown of the Palace’ is seen through the mist in Tao He’s photograph, that shows small groups of people visiting the building. The Taj Mahal was commissioned in 1632 by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan to house the tomb of his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal; it also houses the tomb of Shah Jahan himself. Right, ‘Candy’: A corridor of a building with pink walls and no ceiling in Shanghai, China is shown in Yuexiang Wang’s photograph
Pictured: A boy is photographed just as the waves crash over him on a beach in Greece. Iakovos Draculis’s picture came second in the competition’s category of Children
Estádio da Luz: A full stadium, home to Portuguese football team S.L. Benfica, is showin in this panoramic photograph taken by Andre Skagervik
Left: Jialin Liu’s untitled photohraph shows a shooting star leave a trail of light across the night’s sky above tropical-looking fields. Right, ‘When The Giant Arrivals’: Shuo Li’s photograph shows a man in jeans and trainers jumping on a wall over a small figurine in Bejing, China
La vue des filles (The sight of girls): A group of women wearing traditional clothing gather on a dock wall in the city of Galle in Sri Lanka. The women, who appear to be taking in the sea view themselves and enjoying the breeze, were photographed by Valerie Helbich-Poschacher
Left, ‘Pondering the Positives’: A blooming flower is pictured in Perth, Australia by Christian Horgan. Right: Clouds, by Einat Shteckler, shows a barrel attached to a parachute in the desert in Negev, Israel, with fluffly clouds contrasted with a bright blue sky behind the billowing canvas. The barrel could be from a make-shift bomb use in cross-border clashes
Sierra Nevada Sky: The Huffaker Hills in Nevada are shown in this panoramic photograph by Matthew Lahtinen
A young girl is picture in this untitled photo taken in Ohio by Krysten Crabtree. The girl is shown with her hood up, with the hood’s fur along with her hair covered in snow flakes, and one eye peeks out from below cover