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15 Best Photos From 2015 iPhone Photography Awards Winners

15 Best Photos From 2015 iPhone Photography Awards Winners

In the mood to see something beautiful and get inspired? Below there is a selection of the contest winning photos from the iPhone Photography Awards 2015.

After receiving thousands of diverse, compelling, and often surprising photos submitted by photography enthusiasts from over 120 countries the jury had a really tough job to select the best shots! According to the experts: “this year’s entries were especially impressive ranging from intimate, thought-provoking moments to stunning, captivating imagery”.

See the awarded photos and explore the most inspiring captures from the latest edition.

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    Michał Koralewski (Koziegłowy, Poland) was voted Photographer of the Year. Koralewski’s advice to the photography enthusiasts was to pick up inspiration everywhere. The winning picture was taken when he walked through the Warsaw’s Old Town and noticed a musician playing a traditional Polish song. Amazed by the beauty of the old musician’s face, Koralewski knew that he had to take a shot.

    He explains: “His face was the first thing I noticed, so expressive and beautiful in its own way. It was like an open book. You could almost read his life story from the wrinkles.”

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      David Craik (Surrey, United Kingdom) was awarded with 2nd Place Photographer of the Year. Even though city birds as a subject of a picture may seem ordinary, Craik managed to capture the magic in the usual situations and make the shot wonderfully unique. Mindfully open our eyes and let the present moment impress you fully with its beauty!

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        Yvonne Lu (New York, United States) who was awarded with 3rd Place as a Photographer. When Lu traveled in a train to her hometown New York City, she noticed a hugging couple in the romantic, old style scenery.

        She explains that she was stunned by them; “the couple looks like they don’t need anything else in the world” – said Lu.

        Her fairly tale like picture reminds us about the importance of appreciating the whole journey, not only the destination.

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          Christian Frank (Stuttgart, Germany), with his unique capture of a modern library won 1st Place in the category Architecture. The combination of squares and stripes which altogether shapes into a building is enhanced by a special angle where the author placed his camera. An interesting concept of a photographer photographing another photographer makes the picture even more unique.The picture encourages us to observe our everyday reality from the different perspectives.

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            Fabio Alvarez (Pichincha, Ecuador) winner of 1st Place in the category Life Style. The photographer wonderfully captured people on the Copa Cabana beach in Rio de Janeiro. People peacefully walk and do sports, enjoying the sunset light and the natural scenery. The picture reminds us about how beautiful and harmonious the connection between us humans and nature is. We are not in nature, we are nature!

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              Ben Schuyler (Seattle, WA United States) winner of 1st Place in the category Abstract. The author captured a thought-provoking moment in a stunning surroundings. We can almost feel the soothing calmness and peace just by looking at this shot.

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                Aung Pyae So (Calgary, Canada) awarded with the  2nd Place in the category Children pictured two young Buddhist monks focused on the light from their candles. Trough the holes in the wall day light is coming to the room and beautifully enhances the calm atmosphere created by the young monks. A true peace of mind can be achieved only in a silence and with focus.

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                  Can loneliness be better shown than on this photo, by Ruairidh McGlynn (Edinburgh, United Kingdom), who won 1st Place in the category Trees? The loneliness is presented here as a virtue. The lonely tree is so beautifully struggling to resist the impact of the wind. Even alone, and bent by the overwhelming wind it’s still growing there, looking astonishing with its strength and vulnerability at the same time.

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                    A picture by Cocu Liu was honorable mentioned in the category Animals. It shows a bunch of monkeys fascinated by the approaching boat. The photographer managed to capture a scenery almost taken from the evolutionary part of Kubrick’s ‘Space Odyssey’. All the species on our planet co-exist with each other, creating their unique worlds, which are intriguing and fascinating to one another.

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                      Jeremy Kern (Washington, DC United States) who won 1st Place  in the category Children shows curiosity of children who look through the whole to see what’s on the other side. Curiosity is a quality worth to be kept throughout the whole life. It’s all about seizing the pleasures that new experiences offer to us, and finding a meaning even in the experiences which are familiar to us.

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                        Seshukumar Sareday, (San Jose, CA, United States) honorably mentioned in the category Travel shows the beauty of the simple and ordinary life. The traditional way of living, when the day starts and finishes with the sunlight, and the chain between getting food and consuming is simplified, is something we almost don’t experience anymore. The photographer managed to show the calmness of traditional Asian fishermen, who used their own hands and simple boats to catch the fish, exactly like their ancestors did hundreds of years ago. Isn’t it wonderful?

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                          The girl presented by Daniele Colombera (Los Angeles, CA United States), the winner of the 1st Place in the category Portrait, looks simply stunning. The picture shows a correlation between nature in a sense of vegetation and a human being. The natural beauty of a girl, her wild blond locks and the wilderness of the plants create a beautiful combination.

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                            Yeankai Lau (Johor, Malaysia), awarded with 3rd Place in the category of Food, raised a squid to the level of art. An animal sank in the flour, presented on the black background looks like a modern art masterpiece. The picture reminds that the food we eat, especially the one which requires a scarifying animal to satisfy our taste, deserves to be treated as something sacrum.

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                              Amy Paterson, (Cape Town, South Africa) awarded with 1st Place in the category Flowers. The anxious forms of the flowers and the intriguing set of colours (shiny reds, black and greys) give a mysterious, even apocalyptic feeling. Her capture of flowers is so different from the regular, peaceful flowery pictures.

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                                The photography by Dorit Kerlekin (Dortmund, Germany) was awarded in the 2nd Place in the category Flowers. The flower looks like it was burned, which reminds us of the fragility of nature.

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                                Why Is Goal Setting Important to a Truly Fulfilling Life?

                                Why Is Goal Setting Important to a Truly Fulfilling Life?

                                In Personal Development-speak, we are always talking about goals, outcomes, success, desires and dreams. In other words, all the stuff we want to do, achieve and create in our world.

                                And while it’s important for us to know what we want to achieve (our goal), it’s also important for us to understand why we want to achieve it; the reason behind the goal or some would say, our real goal.

                                Why is goal setting important?

                                1. Your needs and desire will be fulfilled.

                                Sometimes when we explore our “why”, (why we want to achieve a certain thing) we realize that our “what” (our goal) might not actually deliver us the thing (feeling, emotion, internal state) we’re really seeking.

                                For example, the person who has a goal to lose weight in the belief that weight loss will bring them happiness, security, fulfillment, attention, popularity and the partner of their dreams. In this instance, their “what” is weight-loss and their “why” is happiness (etc.) and a partner.

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                                Six months later, they have lost the weight (achieved their goal) but as is often the case, they’re not happier, not more secure, not more confident, not more fulfilled and in keeping with their miserable state, they have failed to attract their dream partner.

                                After all, who wants to be with someone who’s miserable? They achieved their practical goal but still failed to have their needs met.

                                So they set a goal to lose another ten pounds. And then another. And maybe just ten more. With the destructive and erroneous belief that if they can get thin enough, they’ll find their own personal nirvana. And we all know how that story ends.

                                2. You’ll find out what truly motivates you

                                The important thing in the process of constructing our best life is not necessarily what goals we set (what we think we want) but what motivates us towards those goals (what we really want).

                                The sooner we begin to explore, identify and understand what motivates us towards certain achievements, acquisitions or outcomes (that is, we begin moving towards greater consciousness and self awareness), the sooner we will make better decisions for our life, set more intelligent (and dare I say, enlightened) goals and experience more fulfilment and less frustration.

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                                We all know people who have achieved what they set out to, only to end up in the same place or worse (emotionally, psychologically, sociologically) because what they were chasing wasn’t really what they were needing.

                                What we think we want will rarely provide us with what we actually need.

                                3. Your state of mind will be a lot healthier

                                We all set specific goals to achieve/acquire certain things (a job, a car, a partner, a better body, a bank balance, a title, a victory) because at some level, most of us believe (consciously or not) that the achievement of those goals will bring us what we really seek; joy, fulfilment, happiness, safety, peace, recognition, love, acceptance, respect, connection.

                                Of course, setting practical, material and financial goals is an intelligent thing to do considering the world we live in and how that world works.

                                But setting goals with an expectation that the achievement of certain things in our external, physical world will automatically create an internal state of peace, contentment, joy and total happiness is an unhealthy and unrealistic mindset to inhabit.

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                                What you truly want and need

                                Sometimes we need to look beyond the obvious (superficial) goals to discover and secure what we really want.

                                Sadly, we live in a collective mindset which teaches that the prettiest and the wealthiest are the most successful.

                                Some self-help frauds even teach this message. If you’re rich or pretty, you’re happy. If you’re both, you’re very happy. Pretty isn’t what we really want; it’s what we believe pretty will bring us. Same goes with money.

                                When we cut through the hype, the jargon and the self-help mumbo jumbo, we all have the same basic goals, desires and needs:

                                Joy, fulfilment, happiness, safety, peace, recognition, love, acceptance, respect, connection.

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                                Nobody needs a mansion or a sport’s car but we all need love.

                                Nobody needs massive pecs, six percent body-fat, a face lift or bigger breasts but we all need connection, acceptance and understanding.

                                Nobody needs to be famous but we all need peace, calm, balance and happiness.

                                The problem is, we live in a culture which teaches that one equals the other. If only we lived in a culture which taught that real success is far more about what’s happening in our internal environment, than our external one.

                                It’s a commonly-held belief that we’re all very different and we all have different goals — whether short term or long term goals. But in many ways we’re not, and we don’t; we all want essentially the same things.

                                Now all you have to do is see past the fraud and deception and find the right path.

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