iPhoneography gets the red-carpet treatment in L.A.

That photo was taken with an iPhone? The upcoming LA Mobile Arts Festival showcases some of the most impressive examples of iPhone photography around.

With some of the photos featured at the LA Mobile Arts Festival, it's hard to tell whether you're looking at a painting or a photograph. Gilles Perroud of Geneva, Switzerland, took this shot, "Children Bridge," with an iPhone 4 and enhanced it using at least five apps. Gilles Perroud

If you have an iPhone, you've probably taken a photo or two (or hundreds or thousands) with the device. Maybe you've kept it casual, snapping the occasional cat, kid, and road trip photos and uploading them to Facebook, Google+, or another social network.

Maybe, like the talented Crave readers featured in our Instagram series, you've taken your iPhone photography further than pointing and shooting and gotten hooked on a photo enhancement app or two. Or maybe you've become so passionate about iPhone photography that you spend countless hours and numerous apps perfecting galleries upon galleries of iPhone creations. Most of the photographers featured in the first-ever LA Mobile Arts Festival fall into the latter category.

The fest, which opens Saturday in Santa, Monica, Calif., celebrates iPhoneography, the up-and-coming art form that's catching the eyes of gifts of established and citizen artists alike. The event features 600-plus works from iPhone artists around the world -- prints, mixed-media installations, sculptures, sound and video projects, and more. It's sponsored by iPhoneArt.com, one of a number of online communities dedicated to sharing and promoting the burgeoning mobile arts.

Click through the gallery below to see just a small sampling of the stunning art awaiting visitors to the festival. The creations are by turns fantastical, dreamy, whimsical, simple, and intricate -- and it's hard not to be inspired by the immense creativity involved. Now if you'll please excuse me, I'm going to attempt to kickstart my own iPhoneography career by adding a few retro filters to my cat photos.

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