First place, Photographer of the Year

The importance of the iPhone in the history of photography cannot be overstated. Since its unveiling in 2007, when Apple redefined what a phone could be, more than 250 million of the devices have been sold.

The camera was undoubtedly one of the most revolutionary pieces of technology to emerge from the pocket computer revolution. Suddenly, there was a point-and-shoot camera right in our pockets at all times.

Along with the birth of the iPhone came the ability to instantly edit and upload images. Today, there are hundreds of photo-editing tools available to the mobile photographer.

In the few short years since its birth, smartphone photography has already reached critical mass. It used to be the case that a camera module on a phone was a curious anomaly rather than the rule, but now you would be hard pressed to find a mobile device without a lens on it somewhere.

The iPhone Photography Awards celebrate that coming of age, critically viewing mobile phone photos as art. This image is by Holly Wesley, who received first place in the 2013 Photographer of the Year category.

Scroll through the gallery for more images from the 2013 winners.
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Second place, Photographer of the Year

All images submitted for the iPhone Photography Awards, a competition now in its 6th year, must be taken with an iPhone or an iTouch. The photos may not be altered in Adobe Photoshop or any other desktop image processing program. This competition is 100 percent about mobile.

The use of any iPhone Apps for editing, such as Hipstamatic, Camera Plus, and Instagram, are permissible.

Photographer Brolin Roney took second place in the Photographer of the Year category in the 2013 iPhone Photography Awards.
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Third place, 2013 Photographer of the Year

Bob Weil took third place in the Photographer of the Year category in the 2013 iPhone Photography Awards.
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First place, People

Kim Hanskamp's stunning photo of a woman's eyes through her headwear took first place in the People category in the 2013 iPhone Photography Awards.
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First place, News/Events

Mohammed Radhi took first place in the News/Events category in the 2013 iPhone Photography Awards.
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First place, Sunset

Angel Jimenez took first place in the Sunset category in the 2013 iPhone Photography Awards.
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First place, Lifestyle

Luyu Huang took first place in the Lifestyle category in the 2013 iPhone Photography Awards.
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First place, Nature

Tomas Stankiewicz Baldassarri took first place in the Nature category in the 2013 iPhone Photography Awards.
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First place, Others

Lisa Jay took first place in the Others category in the 2013 iPhone Photography Awards.
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First place, Travel

Jenny Friedman took first place in the Travel category in the 2013 iPhone Photography Awards.
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First place, Food

Massimo Calogero took first place in the Food category in the 2013 iPhone Photography Awards.
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First place, Landscape

Maegan Moore took first place in the Landscape category in the 2013 iPhone Photography Awards.
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First place, Architecture

Jose Luis Barcia took first place in the Architecture category in the 2013 iPhone Photography Awards.
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First place, Trees

Mark Simone took first place in the Trees category in the 2013 iPhone Photography Awards.
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First place, Animals

Jon Resnik took first place in the Animals category in the 2013 iPhone Photography Awards.
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First place, Children

Yvonne Naughton took first place in the Children category in the 2013 iPhone Photography Awards.
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First place, Seasons

David Rondeau took first place in the Seasons category in the 2013 iPhone Photography Awards.
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First place, Still Life

Daniel Fonseca took first place in the Still Life category in the 2013 iPhone Photography Awards.
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First place, Flowers

Britta Hershman took first place in the Flowers category in the 2013 iPhone Photography Awards.
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