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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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                                The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

                                The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

                                Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

                                your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

                                  Why You Need a Vision

                                  Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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                                  How to Create Your Life Vision

                                  Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

                                  What Do You Want?

                                  The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

                                  It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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                                  Some tips to guide you:

                                  • Remember to ask why you want certain things
                                  • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
                                  • Give yourself permission to dream.
                                  • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
                                  • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

                                  Some questions to start your exploration:

                                  • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
                                  • What would you like to have more of in your life?
                                  • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
                                  • What are your secret passions and dreams?
                                  • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
                                  • What do you want your relationships to be like?
                                  • What qualities would you like to develop?
                                  • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
                                  • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
                                  • What would you most like to accomplish?
                                  • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

                                  It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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                                  What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

                                  Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

                                  A few prompts to get you started:

                                  • What will you have accomplished already?
                                  • How will you feel about yourself?
                                  • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
                                  • What does your ideal day look like?
                                  • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
                                  • What would you be doing?
                                  • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
                                  • How are you dressed?
                                  • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
                                  • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
                                  • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

                                  It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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                                  Plan Backwards

                                  It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

                                  • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
                                  • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
                                  • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
                                  • What important actions would you have had to take?
                                  • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
                                  • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
                                  • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
                                  • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
                                  • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

                                  Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

                                  It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

                                  Featured photo credit: Matt Noble via unsplash.com

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