Way better than your selfie: Creepy crawlies, stunning landscapes and incredible aerial shoots all captured on mobile phones win photography awards
Mobile Photography Awards started in 2011 to showcase the emerging art form as smartphones took over
Five years on, the practice has been tuned to produce some truly remarkable images from around the world
Overall winner of the 2016 awards was Giles Clarke with an image of a Peshmerga fighter from Iraq
We all appreciate a good photograph, but sometime photography can seem a hobby that is out of reach for most – with cameras and lenses often costing thousands of dollars.
But these photographers are out to prove that the best camera is the one you already have in your pocket, after scooping top honours at the Mobile Photography Awards.
The ceremony was established in 2011 to celebrate the emerging artform as smartphones took over, and is now an established part of the awards calendar.
Here, the winners of the 2016 competition are brought together to display their truly spectacular talents.
The Mobile Phone Photography Awards were launched in 2011 to celebrate the emerging form. The overall winner in 2016 was Giles Clarke, a photojournalist from New York, who captured this image of a Kurdish Peshmerga soldier in Iraq
Margarita Iskandarova, a Russian photographer and Sony Television producer, scooped first place in the nature category with this snap, entitled ‘born to be wild’
Mariko Klug, of mixed German and Japanese descent, works part-time at a Munich airport, but uses the rest of her time to take pictures. This image, Castaway, won the Landscape photography category
Zarni Myo Win, an amateur photographer from Myanmar, is the only person to have scooped two awards at the 2016 competition. His first trophy was for this, entitled Fishing For A Living, which won the Travel and Adventure category
Jennifer Thomas, London-based photographer, won the Architecture and Design category with her image entitled Hive
Multi-award-winning José-Luis Sáez took first place in the Black and White category with Look Down Angel
Zarni Myo Win won his second award of the competition for Novice Is Thinking Something, a photograph of a young Buddhist monk in his deeply religious home of Myanmar. It topped the Portrait category
Glenn Homann, from the Australian city of Brisbane, works for a glass and aluminium construction company, taking pictures in his spare time. He scooped top prize in the People category with this image, called Flutter
Helen Breznik, who is based in Tornto, Canada, says she uses photography to escape the real world and ‘create characters that are not necessarily “me,” but a reflection of what I like’. This is Fausta, which won the Self-Portrait category
American Geoff Cunningham, from New Hampshire, won the Macro and Details category with Leaf Creeper
Pierre Hauser’s award-winning Sole Music won the Still Life category with this picture of shoes suspended in the air
Richard Chambury is a UK-based professional photographer who started in newspapers, moved to sports, and now snaps celebrities for a living. This artistic effort, entitled Winston and Ben, won the Silhouettes category
Suzanne Engelberg, an American photographer, caputred this image for a collection entitled Refelctions, and aimed at catching people in moments of contemplation. It is called Handstand, and won the prize for Street Photography
Michel Juvet, from Geneva, in Switzerland, has been published by the likes of National Geographic. This political work, London After Brexit, won the ominous-sounding The Darkness category
Katrina Stewart is based in Scotland where she focuses on images depicting the rugged landscape. Her talents are shown off here in VW Life, the winner of the Transport photo award
Deborah McMillion, an American who studied in Arizona, uses the 1950s as the inspiration for her mind-bending works. This one, Gravity Formulation, came out top of the Visual FX category
Christine O’Brien, based in Massachusettes, creates abstract works using images and artistic skills, which are often inspired by nature. Good Morning To The Night, her entry to the 2016 Mobile Photography Awards, won the Digital Fine Art trophy
Based in London, Sam Burton works across multiple photographic formats, including mobile photography. This image, Climbing The Waterfall, took top honours in the Water, Snow and Ice category