The jury has spoken and the best smartphone shots have been named. Find out how your photos stack up against 2017’s Mobile Photography Awards winners and who walked away with the $3,000 USD grand prize…

Selection of photography from MPA grand prize winner Nan Deng

Smartphone cameras are getting better each year. And, as rumours swirl around Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S9, we’ve no doubt that trend’s set to continue. But it takes more than a good camera to appeal to jurors at the 7th Annual Mobile Photography Awards (MPA).

Could you become next year’s big winner? It’s time to take a look at the kind of snaps the judges are looking for…

A picture tells a thousand words

MPA founder Daniel Berman describes 2017 as “another astounding year for the evolution of mobile phone cameras, both technologically and artistically. The work we see each year always gets better,” he adds. “As the quality of mobile phone cameras and applications for editing photos improves, so does the creativity of users.”

This year, the competition attracted almost 7,000 entries from more than 65 countries. All entries were snapped on a smartphone or tablet, and winners were chosen across 19 themed categories – including landscapes, portraits, black and white, photo journalism and nature and wildlife.

The coveted grand prize went to self-taught photographer Nan Deng, from Chengdu China and now living in London, for his showcase of travel, street, portrait, photo journalism, architecture, landscapes and night photography. But what made his pictures stand out from the rest?

See for yourself, with these snaps from the winners…

This is just a small selection of all of this year’s MPA winners. Visit for even more fantastic smartphone photography and get inspired to snap next year’s winner.

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