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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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                                What Should I Do Today? 30 New Things To Do Today

                                What Should I Do Today? 30 New Things To Do Today

                                It’s always fun to do something new, but often we fall into the trap of spending our weekends the same way.

                                If you’re stuck in the same old routine, it might be time to try something new.

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                                What should I do today? No ideas?

                                Everything listed here is something you can easily do no matter where you live, and even on a tight budget! Try out one of these 30 new things today, you’ll be happy you did.

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                                Try Out These 30 New Things To Do Today

                                1. Visit a suburb in your city that you’ve never been to before, or somewhere you haven’t explored much.
                                2. Learn ten phrases in a new language–what about Japanese, Italian or Portuguese?
                                3. Listen to a genre of music you haven’t tried before–perhaps Jazz, Punk or Blues?
                                4. Have a picnic in your local park complete with a packed lunch and your animal friends.
                                5. Start a daily journal to write your thoughts in.
                                6. Try a new cuisine–what about French, Lebanese or Korean?
                                7. Visit your local library and borrow some books for the weekend.
                                8. Plant some flowers in your garden. If you don’t have one, try an indoor potted plant.
                                9. Visit a local museum or art gallery and view their latest exhibition.
                                10. Learn a new skill–what about sewing, gardening or cooking? You’ll be surprised what you can learn in an afternoon.
                                11. Say hello to a neighbor you don’t usually talk to.
                                12. Make a card for a friend and send it to them with a handwritten note.
                                13. Learn how to cook a new dish for dinner. We all get tired of eating the same thing, why not try making something new?
                                14. Re-read an old favorite book. Don’t leave it gathering dust on your book shelf; get it out and read it all over again.
                                15. Research the culture of a different country online–what about India, Guatemala or Sweden?
                                16. Go for a walk or bicycle ride around your neighborhood.
                                17. Watch a classic film like Casablanca, The Godfather or The Wizard of Oz.
                                18. Make a photo album of a recent holiday you took. Don’t let your memories get lost on your computer hard drive; make a special keepsake album of your trip.
                                19. Visit your local farmers markets and pick out some fresh produce. Farmers markets are full of delicious fresh fruit, veggies and more. Find your local market and take a visit.
                                20. Plan a day trip to somewhere outside your city–it might be the seaside, mountains or another city!
                                21. Check out what community events are running in your area and attend one.
                                22. Make a birthday present for a friend. Handmade gifts are personal and much more special than anything you could buy from a store.
                                23. Attend a play at your local theater. Support your local theater and have a fun night out at the same time.
                                24. Volunteer with your local nature conservation society to plant some trees. Conservation societies are always looking for helping hands; do your bit and plant some trees.
                                25. Be a tourist in your own city and visit all the popular tourist sites you’ve likely never been to (don’t forget your camera!)
                                26. Call a friend you haven’t spoken to recently and have a good long chat.
                                27. Put on your favorite song and dance your heart out. You might be surprised at how much fun you have!
                                28. Invite some friends over for a BBQ. There’s nothing better than an afternoon spent with good friends and good food.
                                29. Try out a new form of exercise like Pilates, tennis or swimming.
                                30. Organize a clothing swap with your friends. You’ll have a great time, and save some cash and the environment all at the same time!

                                Now that you’ve read my list of 30 new things to try today, my question for you is, “what new things will you try today?”

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