These Are the Best iPhone Photos of the Year

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A photograph of two Iraqi children roaming the streets of Qayyarah, near Mosul, has won the Grand Prize in this year’s iPhone Photography Awards.

Shot by Sebastiano Tomada, the photograph was taken in November 2016 as Iraqi forces launched their offensive to retake Mosul from ISIS militants. In the image, towers of billowing smoke from oil wells set ablaze by retreating fighters can be seen in the background.

Tomada used an iPhone 6s to take his winning photograph.

The Photographer of the Year titles went to Brenda O Se, Yeow-Kwang Yeo and Kuanglong Zhang, who came first, second and third, respectively.

The winners were selected from thousands of entries submitted by iPhone photographers from over 140 countries. More than 50 prizes were also given in categories such as Portrait, Still Life and Abstract.

Here’s a selection of the best entries.

Children of Qayyarah
Grand Prize Winner – Photographer of the Year: Children roam the streets in Qayyarah near the fire and smoke billowing from oil wells, set ablaze by ISIS militants.Sebastiano Tomada
1st Place – Photographer of the YearBrendan O Se
2nd Place – Photographer of the YearYeow-Kwang Yeo
3rd Place – Photographer of the YearKuanglong Zhang
1st Place – SeriesJoshua Sarinana
1st Place – SeriesJoshua Sarinana
1st Place – SeriesJoshua Sarinana
1st Place - AbstractChristopher Armstrong
1st Prize - AnimalsFrancesca Tonegutti
1st Place - The America I KnowJuan Castaneda
Paddy Chao
1st Place – ArchitecturePaddy Chao
1st Place – ChildrenSzymon Felkel
1st Place – FloralSidney Po
1st Place – LandscapeChristian Horgan
1st Place – LifestyleNick Trombola
1st Place – NatureAaron Sandberg
1st Place – News EventsSamuel Nacar
1st Place – OthersDarren Boyd
1st Place - PanoramaNick Trombola
1st Place – People
1st Place – PeopleDina Alfasi
1st Place – PortraitGabriel Ribeiro
1st Place – StillLifeDavid Hayes
1st Place – SunsetKuanglong Zhang
1st Place – TravelJen Pollack-Bianco
1st Place – TreesMagali Chesnel

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