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The iPhone Photography Awards celebrate excellence in iPhoneography — the best shots taken with the best camera we all have with us. The 2014 winning photographs have been announced, and they include amazing work from Julio Lucas of Florida, Jose Luis Barcia Fernandez of Madrid, and Jill Missner of Connecticut. The winner, Lucas, said of his work:

I enjoy taken photos with my iPhone due its portability and ease of use while on the move. iPhone’s naturally tend to saturate colors in the captured image. Which depending on the enviromental lighting, the saturation of colors normally allows for a bold beautiful image. I generally try to stay away from using filters in my iPhone pictures. I want my photos to take on a more traditional form and grant the capture moment to tell the story rather then a manipulation of the moment by use of to many filters.

Categories included animals, architecture, children, flowers, food, landscape, lifestyle, nature, news and events, panorama, seasons, still life, sunset, travel, trees, and more. Entrants came from Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, United Kingdom, United States. So, huge scope, huge participation, and huge results.

And it’s not just because the winning photos all look beautiful and inspiring — they absolutely do — but that they weren’t taken with full frames or huge glass or mountains of film. They were taken with the iPhone and the apps we have in our pocket. With technology that’s readily and easily available to all of us.

The winners all have fantastic eyes for light and composition, and terrific senses of timing and space, for certain. But unlike generations past, we have access to the very same equipment they do, and we enjoy the same potential they’ve so successfully realized.

Check out all the photos and let me know your favorites. Then check out our photography tips, go take some of your own photos and share them with us!

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