These award-winning iPhone photos show what you can do with your older model.

You might understandably be pining for an iPhone 14, but the iPhone Photography Awards 2022 has just arrived to prove that you really don’t need that supposed 48MP camera to take amazing photos.

The annual competition, which runs independently of Apple but is now in its 15th year, has just announced its impressive list of winners. And it’s by no means dominated by the latest iPhones, with winners going back to 2015’s iPhone 6S Plus.

We did some math and 44% of the winners were chosen on iPhone 11 series or earlier models. That said, the best-represented phone by far is the iPhone 12 Pro Max, which was behind 23% of the competition’s award-winning photos.

The 2020 iPhone 12 Pro Max was the best-represented model among this year’s iPhone Photography Awards winners. (Image credit: Apple)

The IPPA 2022 awards rules state that photos “must not be altered in any desktop image processing program like Photoshop”, so how is there such a varied range of styles in the categories from “abstract” to “travel”?

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