Out of the thousands of submissions for the challenge, only six winners were crowned. Photographers from all over the world participated in the Shot on iPhone night mode challenge. This was a chance to display their images shot on night mode using the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max. The winning photographs represented countries such as India, China, Russia and Spain. Currently, the photographs are featured on Apple’s site and Instagram page and it will soon be featured on billboards around the world.
The winners are Konstantin Chalabov from Moscow, Russia (iPhone 11 Pro), Andre Manuilov from Moscow, Russia (iPhone 11 Pro Max), Mitsun Soni from Maharashtra, India ( iPhone 11 Pro), Rubén P. Bescós from Pamplona, Navarra, Spain (iPhone 11 Pro Max), Rustam Shagimordanov from Moscow, Russia (iPhone 11) and Yu “Eric” Zhang from Beijing, China (iPhone 11 Pro Max).
Every photograph was picked out carefully by the team of judges that included Malin Fezehai (US), Tyler Mitchell (US), Sarah Lee (UK), Alexvi Li (China), Darren Soh (Singapore), Phil Schiller, Kaiann Drance, Brooks Kraft, Jon McCormack and Arem Duplessis. All of them shared their thoughts on the winning photographs.
Tyler Mitchell says: “This one blows my mind. I have no idea where that deep rich red light is coming from on the tree. It almost feels like a UFO sitting above the tree, just out of frame. Absolutely beautiful composition as well.”
Arem Duplessis says: “This picture has a very real quality to it. The rising steam, the silhouetted figures backlit from the lamp all align perfectly in this magical caught moment.”
Kaiann Drance says: “A captivating shot of a winter village by the sea, which must feel cold, yet looks warm with the glow against the rocks and lights inside the red cabins, inviting a story about the people inside.”
Phil Schiller says: “Konstantin’s photo is a super-dramatic image shot with Night mode. It could be the opening shot of a great Cold War spy movie. It challenges us with intriguing questions — ‘Where is the driver? Where are they going? Why stop out here?’ A cool mist permeates the blue Russian hillside and snow-covered ground, framing the lonely vehicle with bright red lights that hint at an unknown danger.”
Alexvi Li says: “Taking great advantage of Night mode with exposure setting, the photographer captured the silhouette of a group of people in the city light backdrop. The ground in the photo reveals beautiful texture when shooting against the light. The simple composition quickly draws viewers into a story, while delivering good image quality.”
Sarah Lee says: “I love this and feel it could only have been shot on Night mode. It is beautifully composed, uses symmetry very well, and without cliché to communicate a fascinating story about densely populated urban spaces and the way many people live. This work reminds me of Michael Wolf’s ‘Architecture of Density’ in its theme, but compositionally the photographer has their own take, which is really interesting.”