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The iPhone Photography Awards (IPPAWARDS) have just announced the 2016 winners in the 9th Annual Awards. Thousands of images were submitted from 130+ countries around the world.

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The awards have been running since 2007 when the first iPhone hit the market and began inspiring photographers the world over.

This year sees the Grand Prize Winner Photographer of the Year Award go to Siyuan Niu of China for his photo, The Man and the Eagle.

To get involved and enter next years’ competition visit ippawards.com.

Man and the EagleiPhone photography award winners

Siyuan Niu
Xinjiang, China
Grand Prize Winner, Photographer of the Year

“The brave and wise Khalkhas live along the mountains in the south of Xinjiang and are companions with the eagles. They regard eagles as their children and train them for many years to hunt. This 70 year old man is rigid and solemn in front of family and friends, but when he is with his beloved eagle, the corner of his mouth would curve up. When the eagles reach mating age, although he is very reluctant, the man releases the eagles back into nature so that they can thrive. A mild heart and exquisite love are covered by his weather-beaten face. He is a tough man with a tender heart.”

Modern CathedralsiPhone photography award winners

Patryk Kuleta
Warsaw, Poland
1st Place, Photographer of the Year

“Most of my shots come from Warsaw and one from Strasbourg. The idea was to make it more impressionistic, to show architecture in a completely different way that combines my background in graphic design and painting.”

She Bends with the WindiPhone photography award winners

Robin Robertis
Carlsbad CA, United States
2nd Place, Photographer of the Year

“I was on a iPhone workshop and reunion with a friend and teacher in Cape Cod. We all went out to photograph the the perfect sunset. I tend to bring a few things when I travel, one being this wonderful red umbrella. When others shoot the sunsets and beautiful scenery, I like to photograph some human aspects in these scenes.”

WonderlandiPhone photography award winners

Carolyn Mara Borlenghi
Coral Gables FL, United States
3rd Place, Photographer of the Year

“This image was taken as part of a series I did for instagram’s #WHPwonderland. Each weekend when the hashtag project comes out I try to come up with an idea and this particular weekend, the weekend before Christmas, was wonderland. For this one I went on a little adventure with my son to the beach and we wore the reindeer masks.”

2016 Winners – TraveliPhone photography award winners

Fugen Xiao
Guangdong, China
1st Place – TraveliPhone photography award winners

Donghai Xia
Fujian, China
2nd Place – TraveliPhone photography award winners

Shiyang Han
Beijing, China
3rd Place – Travel

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