Think your smartphone photos are good? Check out the winners from the fifth annual Mobile Photography Awards to see what the camera in your pocket is really capable of...

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“If it’s true what Henri Cartier-Bresson says, that our first 10,000 photos will be our worst, then it’s safe to say that mobile photography has given people an historic opportunity to get past 10,001.” That’s what the Mobile Photography Awards has to say about its competition to find the best mobile snaps of the year, and we couldn’t agree more.

The event – which takes entries between October and December – has just decided upon its fifth year winners, with an overall winner presiding above first place shots from 20 categories including silhouettes, landscapes, and street photos. Only photos taken on smartphones or tablets will suffice, which only makes the winning entries all the more impressive.

Check out some of the winning entries below to see for yourself…

Overall winner

This year’s Grand Prize winning photographer was Jian Wang, who took THE CHINA RED (above), as well as UNTITLED in the Silhouettes category (further down this page) and numerous other high scoring entries on his iPhone 6s.

Landscape
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FROZEN IN TIME by Jessika Johansson

Black & White
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COUNTDOWN by David Ingraham

Silhouettes
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UNTITLED by Jian Wang

Macro & Details
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MR. GREEN by Mariko Klug

Street Photography
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SHIBUYA NIGHT by Brendan Ó Sé

Water/Ice/Snow

BLIZZARD DAYS by Cocu Liu

Nature & Wildlife
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SWANS IN THE FOG, HYDE PARK, LONDON by Cara Gallardo Weil

You can see all the shots worthy of winning, along with a huge range of honourable mentions, at mobilephotoawards.com

Take better photos: Here’s food photographer Ben Carpenter’s tips on how to take more succulent snaps of your food for Instagram, and here’s @Jacob’s advice on how to make your cityscapes spring to life.

By Adam Bunker