The organizers of the iPhone Photography Awards (IPPAWARDS), one of the longest running mobile photography contests, have announced the winners of the 2016 competition. The grand prize this year goes to an image titled ‘The Man and the Eagle’ by Chinese photographer Siyuan Niu.
“The brave and wise Khalkhas live along the mountains in the south of Xinjiang and are companions with the eagles. They regard eagles as their children and train them for many years to hunt. This 70 year old man is rigid and solemn in front of family and friends, but when he is with his beloved eagle, the corner of his mouth would curve up. When the eagles reach mating age, although he is very reluctant, the man releases the eagles back into nature so that they can thrive. A mild heart and exquisite love are covered by his weather-beaten face. He is a tough man with a tender heart.”
The contest covers a wide range of categories and winning images were selected from thousands of submissions made by photographers from 139 countries. In the gallery above you can see the grand prize winning shot and some of the category winners. Head over to the IPPAWARDS website to see all winning images.