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Apr 12, 2001

Apple is hosting a "Shot on iPhone" photography challenge, and is asking iPhone users to submit outstanding photographs that were captured on an iPhone.

Entries are being collected starting today, with users able to submit a photo on Instagram or Twitter using the "#ShotOniPhone" hash tag or submitting a high-resolution photo to with the file format "firstname_lastname_iphonemodel."

A "Shot on iPhone" image captured by Erdem Summak

Winning images will be featured on billboards in select cities, Apple retail stores, and online on Apple Newsroom and Apple's social media accounts. Apple will select a total of 10 winners.

Apple says photos can be captured straight from the camera, edited through Apple's editing tools in the Photos app, or edited with third-party photo editing software.

Apple will be accepting submissions through February 7, and participants must be over 18. Apple employees, including retail employees, along with their families, are not eligible to participate.

Apple has a panel of well-known photographers serving as judges for the contest, including former White House photographer Pete Souza, travel photographer Austin Mann, travel photographer Annet de Graaf, Brazilian photographer Luísa Dörr, and fashion photographer Chen Man.

Several Apple employees will also be judging entries, including Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller, senior director in Worldwide Product Marketing Kaiann Drance, photographer Brooks Kraft, software developer Sebastian Marineu-Mes, camera software team leader Jon McCormack, and director of photography Arem Duplessis.

Article Link: Apple Asks Users to Submit Their Best 'Shot on iPhone' Photos for New Challenge


macrumors regular
Mar 6, 2012
Yeah, seems pretty terrible from the rules:

6. Prize(s). Ten (10) winning Photos will be featured on Apple Newsroom, Apple’s Instagram channel,, in Apple retail stores, and billboards around the world, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. Prize is non-transferable. No substitutions or cash redemptions. Prize has no cash value.

Congrats on getting street credit, now everyone will assume you stole Apple's ad. I would submit some photos I took, but not for this. 'If you win, we get to use your photo across all media platforms, and we also retain commercial rights for 1 year. You can have... Bragging rights?... I guess?'

Edit to correct my previous statement: Here's the line:

Providing a Submission constitutes entrant’s consent to give Sponsor a royalty-free, irrevocable, non-exclusive license to use, reproduce, publish, and and display such Submissions in whole or in part, on a worldwide basis, in any form, media or technology now known or later developed for one year for purposes of implementing the Contest.


macrumors regular
Oct 17, 2010
Los Angeles
Forgive me for saying this but I would rather see the winning images as they were shot, rather than edited with Photos or a third party application, as I feel sometimes the moment is ‘lost’ when it’s tweaked to within a degree of it’s life.

I'm a big fan of good candid photography- real smiles instead of forced grins and such... but photography, even back in the film days leans quite a bit on how one processes the shot. Do a lot of people go crazy with filters and generally over-process stuff? Yes, but that just means a lighter touch is required. I shoot nearly all my stuff purposely one stop dark so as to save the highlights, so necessarily I have to process everything to brighten it up a bit. If I just took what was shot and didn't touch it the photo wouldn't really represent what I had seen in real life. I submitted the following photo to their contest. Shot on an iPhone SE with Adobe Lightroom mobile-- multiple portrait orientation shots that I stitched together (and processed!) in Lightroom on my Mac.


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Jul 16, 2016

I remember seeing this in one of my art history classes but can't remember where it is. Anyone know?

Hell Yeah! It is called Petra, and is Jordan. I just recently learned that it stretches on for MILES. And it was done with bronze tools? haha ok.
Petra in Jordan.
Ancient city of the Nabateans…

There is an underground passage right in front that is locked off to the public...
Ah, yes! Thank you. That unique angle made it seem like it was carved up higher into the cliff face than at ground level. Weren't there some similar structures that were destroyed or damaged in Iraq?

Yep. ALL over the world. Just a couple places: Palmyra, Syria. Balbek, Lebanon. Gobekli Tepe, Turkey. Ziggurat of Ur, Iraq. (just scratching the surface of what HAS NOT already been destroyed from war...)
[doublepost=1548192455][/doublepost]Just be sure Apple does not get to 'own' your photo if you submit it. This could be a way for them to get a ton of 'free' artwork for ads.
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