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The best iPhone photos this World Photography Day

Woman using iPhone to photograph landscape at sunset
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Today is World Photography Day, an annual celebration of the art of photography. It's a tribute to photographers of all types – including those who capture their images on an iPhone. 

iPhone cameras have gone from a curious novelty to one of the most popular and widely used cameras on the planet. On the way, they’ve also become one of the most capable and advanced shooting systems you can buy.

Recent flagship iPhones like the iPhone 13 Pro have seriously elite photography setups, with quad-sensor arrays, telephoto zoom lenses and close-up macro capabilities (see our roundup of the best iPhone 13 Pro camera tips for some pointers). And we’re already excited thinking about what camera features the iPhone 14 may have in store on its expected release next month.

Over the years, Apple has often taken the time to share images tagged with #shotoniphone, as a reminder of how many creators are making incredible work with the device they have in their pocket. We thought we’d take a look to celebrate World Photography Day and offer a reminder that you don’t need the biggest, most expensive cameras and lenses to take great photos. Here are some of the best iPhone images we’ve seen in 2022. For more 

@dantom

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Dan Tom (@dantom) has been shooting on iPhones for years, and simple but effective compositions like this are his bread and butter. Even with the telephoto lenses on recent models, iPhone compositions often benefit from getting physically close to your subject.

@emmafwright

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This effective black and white composition from London-based Emma Wright (@emmafwright) shows off how far the dynamic range of the iPhone has come – you certainly wouldn’t have got that range of tonality back in 2007.

@yankeeinsc

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Some sunrises, like this one shot on an iPhone by @yankeeinsc, are worth getting up for. The iPhone’s wide lens makes the most of the flat landscape.

@_wendyandrade

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As an iPhone is the camera you’ll always have with you, it’s ideal for the kind of fleeting compositions you catch out of the corner of your eye. This collection of black-and-white moments by photographer @_wendyandrade all have a hugely engaging spontaneity to them. 

@dinalf

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Photographer @dinalf specialises in capturing train portraits such as these on an iPhone 11 Pro. The exposure has been well controlled to show just enough detail of the scenery without blowing out the highlights.

@laion.ph

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And finally, this was a winning shot from Apple’s Shot on iPhone Macro Challenge from earlier this year. Taken by Guido Cassanelli (@laion.ph), it uses an iPhone’s macro lens to capture a close-up image of pieces of “sea glass” deposited on a beach.

If you're looking at upgrading your own camera, be it a phone or a fully fledged camera, see our guides to the best cameras and the best camera phones. Or if you're already convinced by the power of the iPhone's camera, find the best prices for the iPhone 13 Pro below.

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Jon is a freelance writer and journalist who covers photography, art, technology, and the intersection of all three. When he's not scouting out news on the latest gadgets, he likes to play around with film cameras that were manufactured before he was born. To that end, he never goes anywhere without his Olympus XA2, loaded with a fresh roll of Kodak (Gold 200 is the best, since you asked). Jon is a regular contributor to Creative Bloq, and has also written for in Digital Camera World, Black + White Photography Magazine, Photomonitor, Outdoor Photography, Shortlist and probably a few others he's forgetting.