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“Magic of the Aurora Borealis”. Russia

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“Magic of the Aurora Borealis”. Russia

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It’s a fantastic image: a person is standing on a bench, gazing at the majestic sight of a neon green Northern Lights in Russia. But from another perspective, it seems that the person could be on another planet; maybe the snowsuit is a spacesuit, and the ground below and the sky above, some alien landscape.

This is one of the winning photos of this year. 14th iPhone Photography Award, an annual international competition whose winners were announced this week.

The rules are simple. Anyone can submit a photo in one of 18 categories as long as the photos were taken with an iPhone or iPad and have not been modified by Photoshop beyond the iPhone’s filters or lenses.

The best photos in the contest are a study in contrasts. The Grand Prize went to the Hungarian photojournalist Istvan Kerekes. His photo shows two rugged shepherds standing in a desolate landscape in Romania. Despite the harshness that surrounds them, on their shoulders, they cradle tender lambs. The Photographer of the Year award went to Sharan Shetty from India, who captures a man sharing a tender moment with his horse in Azerbaijan in an empty and lonely desert.

The selection of award-winning images below is truly global – from the underprivileged countries we focus on in our Goats and Soda coverage to the richest places on Earth. And all these images attest to the ability of a phone to do photographic magic.

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“Shepherds of Transylvania”. Romania

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“Shepherds of Transylvania”. Romania

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“Bonding”. Azerbaijan

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“Reach the soul.” Senegal

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“Entitled.” Ohio

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“Entitled.” Ohio

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“Darkness.” Morocco

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“Winter Dawn in a Small Town”. porcelain

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“The Old Gym”. Bangladesh

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“The Old Gym”. Bangladesh

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