Here are your 2019 iPhone Photography Award winners

The winners of the 2019 iPhone Photography Awards were announced on Thursday. The photo seen above is “Big Sister,” taken by Gabriella Cigliano on her iPhone X in Zanzibar, Africa, and it took home the grand prize.

Here’s Cigliano on her photo:

Last year I spent a month in Wasa, Tanzania, teaching a class of young, curious and amazing guys. Before heading back to Italy we stopped in Zanzibar, where this photo was taken. I still wonder how could I capture that exact moment in all its beauty. I was just observing, a few meters from them, but they were probably more curious about me than I was about them, and that’s probably why the girl was looking at me. We couldn’t talk much, except for a few words in Swahili I had learned in the previous weeks, but those kids could definitely talk with their eyes. It was one of the most beautiful things I’ve seen in my life, and I’ll keep it in my memories forever. 

And here are the runners up:

“Sea Stripes” taken by Diogo Lage, Portugal, iPhone SE

“Sorry, no movie today” taken by Yuliya Ibraeva, Russia, iPhone 7 Plus

“Come Across” taken by Peng Hao, China, iPhone X

A new contest has started with a deadline of March 31, 2020. All photos must be taken on an iPhone or iPad and may not be published anywhere else outside of social media. The images can be edited using iOS apps, but no desktop processing programs like Photoshop are allowed. For more information, or to check out more of this year’s top photos, check out the IPPA website.