32 Amazing Photos Taken On Phones

It's starting to feel silly to point out: You no longer need a great dSLR to take a great picture. Still, we made you prove it. Here are the best entries from this week's Shooting Challenge, cellphones.

You know what's the best part of these cellphone Shooting Challenges? The entries are so incredibly diverse. Even compared to a fairly open-ended technique or theme for dSLRs, everyone's entry was surprising in some way-each capturing a slightly different angle on this infinitely faceted living jewel. I guess that's the difference of taking photographs with a camera that's always on you. Great shots. The full gallery is below, and they're also available on flickr.

WINNER: LA Skyight

I caught this lightplosion on a morning hike through Griffith Park in Los Angeles. iPhone 5 and Instagram.
- David Freid

32 Amazing Photos Taken On Phones

Random Effect Process

*Image of guy Shot with- iPhone 4S native camera.
*1st-Man sketched and painted in Sketchbook mobile
*2nd-Circle design in Sketchbook mobile and Percolator(with various effects till I felt it was done)
*3rd-Scratchcam for scratch effects
*4th-Snapseed to sharpen, grunge effect and crop
*5th-Blender to blend with circle design

Story: I saw the guy standing against a wall in a "model-ish" stance. Thought it was kind of funny, so I snuck a shot. I knew right then that I wanted to sketch the shot. I started the sketch and went through about 12 colour changes till I was done. Then proceeded with the random effect process above until my Fiance said it was good enough.
- Eddie Pearson

32 Amazing Photos Taken On Phones

Australian Outback

Took this picture this morning on my iPhone 5 at work in the Australian Outback. Usually such a bright and vibrant environment, it's unusual to see heavy cloud cover, so turning round from my work to see this approaching over a hillside was quite stunning. Edited it with Snapseed to bring a more desolate look to the overall scene.
- Ian Oliphant

32 Amazing Photos Taken On Phones

Noir, Post-Badminton

So my friend and I had finished playing badminton at University of Guelph and we had left the building at like 11:10 pm. It was really foggy outside and my friend started taking pictures, I thought it would be funny if I stood beside a tree and tried to look like the slenderman but that didn't happen. So I was about to leave with him until I saw one of the pictures he took(he used a htc phone with a 5 MP camera), it looked sick. So being the professional photographers we were, we started taking pictures in black and white, other modes were ok but B&W was the best. I had a couple of other pictures but I decided to use this one. I had my friend walk up the street and I took this picture.

I used a Samsung Galaxy S3 to shoot this. I didn't use anything special, I used the following settings: Single shot, exposure value 0, auto focus, black and white, white balance auto, iso auto and metering centre-weighted.
- Manwinder Sidhu

32 Amazing Photos Taken On Phones

Man In The Sky

I just visited Boston for the weekend and forced myself NOT TO take my DSLR to work on this challenge. As a result, I had a lot of photos to choose from and a lot of less weight to carry around, which was great; however, the iPhone camera still sucks for indoor low-light shots, so I did miss my T2i a bunch of times. I took this specific photo at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, in the contemporary art gallery. iPhone 5, edited in Camera+ for white balance.
- Diego Jimenez

32 Amazing Photos Taken On Phones

Chase

Here's a shot of the vibrant Mayan girl mural by Belgian graffiti artist Chase on Santa Monica's quaint Main Street. Taken with an iPhone 4; processed with the stock iOS Camera app.
- Jeremy Brigden

32 Amazing Photos Taken On Phones

Ancient Bloom

We have had the most miserable, wet and windy week here in the Bay Area. Yesterday, in a brief interval between downpours, I went to assess the damage done to my roses. To my amazement only a few bushes
had been banged about so I cut the blooms and brought them inside and I got the idea to arrange the fallen petals in the shape of a flower. I took the photo with my iPhone 4 and used Camera Awesome to edit. A little Cowbell and the Slide Filter sent my creation back in time and then the Freshman Frame made a nice finishing touch.
- Georgina Lawrence

32 Amazing Photos Taken On Phones

WINNER (uncropped): LA Skyight

I caught this lightplosion on a morning hike through Griffith Park in Los Angeles. iPhone 5 and Instagram.
- David Freid

You know what's the best part of these cellphone Shooting Challenges? The entries are so incredibly diverse. Even compared to a fairly open-ended technique or theme for dSLRs, everyone's entry was surprising in some way—each capturing a slightly different angle on this infinitely faceted living jewel. I guess that's the difference of taking photographs with a camera that's always on you. Great shots. The full gallery is below, and they're also available on flickr.

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