The Mobile Photography Awards salute exceptional work from mobile artists in a stunning showcase of what smartphones are capable of creating.

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The winners of this year's Mobile Photography Awards may surprise you as you consider each was snapped with a smartphone. From detailed portraits from Alfred Pleyer to macro photography from Jim Mclaughlin to artistic representations from Aylin Argun, the winning selections are impressive regardless of the hardware (and software) involved.

A record number of entries were received in this year's competition, demonstrating increasing interest in mobile photography as an art form.

Thus far the winners of 20 categories have been announced, including the DPReview Connect category, which invited participants to share images that conveyed what the word "connect" means to them. Souichi Furusho of Japan won the category with his image titled "Image Pic #51." Runner up was Michal Koralewski of Poland for "Winter Time."

We've highlighted the category winners below; you can see all the winners and honorable mentions of each category on the Mobile Photography Awards website by clicking the category titles.

The Mobile Photography Awards will also announce its Photographer of the Year, ArtHaus Photo Essay winner and Founder’s Choice recipients in early February. 

DPR Connect category 

Souichi Furusho of Japan won the DPReview Connect category with "Image Pic #51."
Michal Koralewski of Poland was the DPReview Connect category runner up with "Winter Time."

Abstracts category

"The Flag" by Gina Sama took top spot in the Abstracts category.

Animals category

"Big Maple Plain/Austria" by Mariko Klug was the winner of the Animals category. 

Appstracts/Digital Painting

"Fish Oil" by Nicki Fitz-Gerald was selected as the winner of the Appstracts/Digital Painting category.


"Circled" by Joanna Lemanska won the Architecture/Design category.