When Apple created the first iPhone in 2007, they also created a generation of photographers. Cameras were no longer bulky things brought out only for special occasions, they are in our pockets at all times, ready for whenever inspiration may strike. Smartphone camera technology soon improved so much that people were inspired to take better photos and then proudly show them off to the world via photo sharing apps like Instagram.

Now in their ninth year, the iPhone Photography Awards were created to showcase the iPhone camera's ability to take astonishing photographs. This year's winners were selected from thousands of entries submitted by photographers from 139 countries around the world. All images must have been taken with an iPhone, iPod or an iPad, without the use of desktop image processing programmes such as Photoshop (but IOS apps like Snapseed and Enlight are allowed).

The Grand Prize Winner Photographer of the Year Award goes to Siyuan Niu of China for his entry Man and the Eagle.

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Grand Prize Winner: Siyuan Niu of China – Man and the EagleSiyuan Niu

The first, second and third runners-up awards go to: Patryk Kuleta of Poland for an image from his series the Modern Cathedrals, Robin Robertis of the United States for her entry titled She Bends with the Wind and Carolyn Mara Borlenghi of the United States from her series Wonderland.

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1st runner-up: Patryk Kuleta of Poland – The Modern CathedralsPatryk Kuleta
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2nd runner-up: Robin Robertis of the United States – She Bends with the WindRobin Robertis
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3rd runner-up: Carolyn Mara Borlenghi of the United States – WonderlandCarolyn Mara Borlenghi

IBTimes UK presents the winner and second-placed photo in each of the competition's 19 categories. See all of the winning images at www.ippawards.com.

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Trees winner: Victor KintanarVictor Kintanar
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Trees 2nd place: Concepcion MuñozConcepcion Muñoz
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Travel winner: Fugen XiaoFugen Xiao
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Travel 2nd place: Donghai XiaDonghai Xia
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Sunset winner: Nicky RyanNicky Ryan
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Sunset 2nd place: Yongmei WangYongmei Wang
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Still life winner: Wen QiWen Qi
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Still life 2nd place: Fan LongFan Long
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Seasons winner: Valencia TomValencia Tom
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Seasons 2nd place: Coco LiuCoco Liu
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Portrait winner: Elaine TaylorElaine Taylor
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Portrait 2nd place: Geri CentonzeGeri Centonze
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People winner: Zhenkai XiaZhenkai Xia
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People 2nd place: Scott WoodwardScott Woodward
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Panorama winner: Glenn HomannGlenn Homann
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Panorama 2nd place: Diana MotaDiana Mota
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Others winner: Kevin CaseyKevin Casey
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Others 2nd place: Kechen SongKechen Song
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News events winner: LouloudAkiLouloudAki
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News events 2nd place: Hernan RamosHernan Ramos
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Nature winner: Junfeng WangJunfeng Wang
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Nature 2nd place: Yang ZhangYang Zhang
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Lifestyle winner: Yuki CheungYuki Cheung
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Lifestyle 2nd place: Jason GreeneJason Greene
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Landscape winner: Vasco Galhardo SimoesVasco Galhardo Simoes
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Landscape 2nd place: Nazaret SanchezNazaret Sanchez
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Food winner: Andrew MontgomeryAndrew Montgomery
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Food 2nd place: Kuankuan HeKuankuan He
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Flowers winner: Lone BjornLone Bjorn
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Flowers 2nd place: Amo PassicosAmo Passicos
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Children winner: KKKK
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Children 2nd place: Siyuan NiuSiyuan Niu
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Animals winner: Erica WuErica Wu
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Animals 2nd place: Mette LampcovMette Lampcov
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Architecture winner: Jian WangJian Wang
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Architecture 2nd: Patryk KuletaPatryk Kuleta
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Abstract winner: Jiayu MaJiayu Ma
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Abstract 2nd place: Junfeng WangJunfeng Wang