2017 iPhone Photography Award winners announced

The winners of this year's 10th annual IPPAs are now announced. The winning works were selected from thousands of entries that poured in from over 140 countries around the world. Let's take a look:

Grand Prize

The grand prize winner, titled 'Children of Qayyarah', was captured by Sebastian Tomada, a photojournalist based in New York City and the Middle East.

As the title suggests, the image was captured in Qayyarah, Iraq. It was shot on November 4th, 2016 after Islamic State militants set fire to oil wells in the city. The image was captured with an iPhone 6s.

1st Place

Photographer Brendan O Se—a university teacher/teacher trainer in Cork, Ireland—was awarded 1st place in the competition for his portrait of hands titled 'Dock Worker'.

The photograph was taken on an early morning walk around the docks in Jakarta in April of 2016. "These were the hands of a dock worker who was taking a break," says O Se. "I was struck by the texture created by the accumulated dirt on his hands."

2nd Place

Coming in 2nd behind O Se and Tomada is photographer Yeow-Kwang Yeo, formerly a Mechanical Engineer and Business Administrator who decided to change tracks and devoted himself entirely to photography in 2007.

His photograph, 'The Performer', was captured at a performance of traditional Chinese street opera.

"Instead of shooting their performance, I decided to go the back of the stage to capture the performers’ preparation activity," says Yeo. "I spotted this experience performer who is taking a short rest and was waiting for his turn to perform. I was attracted by the lighting of the old plastic curtain, electric fan, and the overall calm atmosphere."

3rd Place

The 3rd and final award handed out in the IPPA's main Photographer of the Year category went to Chinese photographer Kuanglong Zhang, a freelance photographer living in Shenzhen city. This photograph was taken in Udaipur, a city Zhang calls 'one of the most romantic in India.'

"In the City palace, I snapped a moment of one of the staff gazing out of the window," says Zhang. "(It's) as if he saw the slowly historic course of the palace’s construction, which was quite an attractive moment."

To see more winning images from the other 19 categories the IPPA ran, or if you'd like to learn more about each of the photographers above, visit the IPPA website by clicking here.

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