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.
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.
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.