Since 2007, the¬†iPhone Photography Awards¬†have gathered much popularity not only among Apple fans but also from many others. This year’s winners were recently announced, and they do deserve the award.¬†
Now in its seventh year, the IPPAWARDS receives thousands of picture from amateur and professional photographers from all over the wolrd¬†who subit their images into any of seventeen categories like Animals, Architecture, Children, Sunsets, Travel and Trees.
All images have be taken with an iPhone, iPod or iPad and cannot be changed or edited¬†in Photoshop or any other desktop post processing program, however iPhone and iPad apps are allowed to be used.
Appropriately dubbed the iPhone Photography Awards (IPPA), the¬†contest’s 2014 winners were announced a few day ago. The winning photos are rather spectacular across the board.¬†
The overall winning photo across every category, was shot by¬†Julio Lucas¬†of Bradenton, Florida who detailed a bit of his shooting philosophy: “I enjoy taken photos with my iPhone due its portability and ease of use while on the move.”
He went on, adding: “iPhone’s naturally tend to saturate colors in the captured image. Which depending on the enviromental lighting, the saturation of colors normally allows for a bold beautiful image. I generally try to stay away from using filters in my iPhone pictures. I want my photos to take on a more traditional form and grant the capture moment to tell the story rather then a manipulation of the moment by use of to many filters.”
Meanwhile, the Californian tech giant is seeking ways to enrinch it influence on variou markets. Thus, for example, last month the company¬†announced its deal to buy popular headphones maker Beats Electronics and its related streaming music service, Beats Music, for $3 billion.
‚ÄúMusic is such an important part of all of our lives and holds a special place within our hearts at Apple,‚ÄĚ said Tim Cook, Apple‚Äôs chief executive. ‚ÄúThat‚Äôs why we have kept investing in music and are bringing together these extraordinary teams so we can continue to create the most innovative music products and services in the world.‚ÄĚ
Beats Electronics, the headphone and music streaming service co-founded by Dr. Dre and recording impresario Jimmy Iovine said: ‚ÄúI‚Äôve always known in my heart that Beats belonged with Apple. The idea when we started the company was inspired by Apple‚Äôs unmatched ability to marry culture and technology. Apple‚Äôs deep commitment to music fans, artists, songwriters and the music industry is something special.‚ÄĚ
The Cupertino tech giant is purchasing Beats for $2.6 billion in cash plus another $400 million in equity, marking the company‚Äôs biggest-ever acquisition. It comes three weeks after the deal was first rumored, and the initial price was believed to be $3.2bn.
Beats co-founders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre will join Apple as part of the deal, which will likely close by September, Apple said.