IPPAWARDS 2019: Gabriela

IPPAWARDS 2019 rewards the best photos taken with iPhones

Another year, another award from iPhone Photography Awards – the contest for photographers (and aspirants) that for 12 consecutive years honors some of the most talented users of iPhones worldwide.

As usual, thousands of images were sent in this edition of the award, which was attended by people in over 140 countries, including Brazil, Portugal, the United Kingdom and the United States.

In addition to the main category, the contest is divided into subcategories that reward even the best portraits, panoramas, among others. THE Grand Prize this year was delivered to the Italian Gabriella Gigliano, with the image “Older Sister” (“Big Sister”), captured by an iPhone X in Zanzibar (Tanzania).

IPPAWARDS 2019: GabrielaLast year, I spent a month in Wasa, Tanzania, teaching classes to curious and incredible young people. Before returning to Italy we stopped in Zanzibar, where this photo was taken. I still wonder how I managed to capture that moment in all its beauty. I was just watching, a few feet away from them, but they were probably more curious about me than I was about them, and maybe that was why the girl was looking at me. We didn’t get to talk much, except for a few Swahili words that I learned in the previous weeks, but these kids could definitely speak with their eyes. It was one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen in my life, and I will remember that forever. The best part was showing the photo to them and their mother, since for some of them it was the first time they were seeing each other, and their excitement was inexplicable. Unfortunately my iPhone was in their hands at the time and I was unable to capture it!

Meanwhile, first place in the category Photographer of the Year was given to Portuguese Diogo Lage, which registered the image “Listras Marinhas” (“Sea Stripes”) with an iPhone SE at Praia de Santa Rita, in Portugal.

IPPAWARDS 2019: DiogoThe photo “Listras Marinhas” was taken at Praia de Santa Rita, in Portugal, where the striped beach tents are very typical and characterize the small summer villages. With this beach atmosphere, a swimmer in the distance incorporates this spirit into a striped shirt.

Directly from Brazil, the photographer Gabriel Ribeiro took third place in the category News / Events with the image “Wedding Prayer” (“Wedding Prayer”), clicked with an iPhone 8 in the city of Dourados (Mato Grosso do Sul).

IPPAWARDS 2019: GabrielI photographed this wedding with my father in Dourados, in Mato Grosso do Sul. During the religious ceremony, each person kneels to say a prayer with everyone present, in order to bless the wedding.

Here is also the winning image of the category Portrait: the photo “A Future Eagle Hunter” (“A Future Eagle Hunter”), registered by bareinita Mona Jumaan with an iPhone 7 Plus in Mongolia.

IPPAWARDS 2019: MonaIn the province of Bayan Ulgi, in western Mongolia, hunting for eagles is a tradition that spans generations. The boys begin training at the age of 11, and little Bakha is no exception, who enters the hunting world with his precious falcon.

Check out all the winning photographers on the IPPAWARDS page.