Apple Announces the Winners of Its iPhone 11 Night Mode Photo Competition, With Incredible Results

Apple Announces the Winners of Its iPhone 11 Night Mode Photo Competition, With Incredible Results

There’s no denying the photo and video capabilities of the new Apple iPhone 11 Pro. After all, if it’s good enough for Lady Gaga to film her latest video with, it’s good enough for the rest of us! Apple has now unveiled the winners of its Night Mode, shot on iPhone competition, with some rather astounding and worthy victors.

Photographers from across the globe were invited to submit photos illustrating the new iPhone’s Night Mode capabilities, with images taken on the iPhone 11, 11 Pro, or 11 Pro Max.

Just six photos made the final cut, with the prize including being featured in a gallery on Apple.com, as well as being posted to Apple’s Instagram account, as well as the prestige of being printed on billboards globally.

The winners hail from China, India, Russia and Spain. They were:

Konstantin Chalabov (Moscow, Russia), iPhone 11 Pro

Judge Phil Schiller says: “Konstantin’s photo is a super-dramatic image […] it could be the opening shot of a great Cold War spy movie."

Andrei Manuilov (Moscow, Russia), iPhone 11 Pro Max

Judge Darren Soh says: “An amazingly well-balanced composition that throws so many questions back at the viewer — ‘Where is this? Who lives here?’”

Mitsun Soni (Mumbai, Maharashtra, India), iPhone 11 Pro 

Judge Tyler Mitchell says: “This one blows my mind. I have no idea where that deep rich red light is coming from on the tree."

Rubén P. Bescós (Pamplona, Navarra, Spain), iPhone 11 Pro Max

Judge Alexvi Li says: “The ground in the photo reveals beautiful texture when shooting against the light. The simple composition quickly draws viewers into a story, while delivering good image quality.”

Rustam Shagimordanov (Moscow, Russia), iPhone 11

Judge Malin Fezehai says: "The layers in the image create depth and give me a sense of cold and warmth at the same time. It’s a beautifully captured landscape image of a winter evening.”

Yu “Eric” Zhang (Beijing, China), iPhone 11 Pro Max 

Judge Jon McCormack says: “This image represents iPhone at its best. Capturing life as it happens, no matter what the light is! The sense of moment, intimacy, and place in this image is very good. It really transports the viewer to being right there.”

Have you tried out the iPhone's Night Mode yet?

See and read more on Apple’s website.

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16 Comments

LA M's picture

Definitely come a far way from the original iPhone camera....

And proves that content is king, not necessarily the technical execution...also digging the computational improvements.

Andriod quality

Stuart Carver's picture

You could learn to spell Android properly before trolling tbf.

I have a bone to pick with Mitsun Soni's image. Specifically the comment from the judge. That photo is taken in Dubai, UAE (https://goo.gl/maps/FjvMW1nNYi44rbmH8). That light is coming from the massive Ramada Hotel sign behind the shot. How could this be a winner? The composition is mediocre at best.

The last paragraph in the article states where the photographer's are from. The headings don't necessarily mean that's where the photo was taken.

1) t's amazing such a tiny camera can get that
2) but it still painfully looks like what it's basically is. Someone - the AI in that instance - a paintbrush and a box of colors and painted over the original data trying to render his best guess on what yielded that very noisy data that came from the sensor.
Technically it's awesome. But thinking this is (yet?) anywhere comparable to what you can do with good camera, even one that cost substantially less than an iPhone - is delusion, plain and simple.

It is first an foremost a phone just in case you didn't realize that.

I did, and that's pretty much my point. Thing is, that little collection has sparkled the usual "you don't need real cameras anymore" comments everywhere.

"with the prize including being featured in a gallery on Apple.com, as well as being posted to Apple’s Instagram account, as well as the prestige of being printed on billboards globally."

What a rip-off, this is basically free advertising for Apple, they could at least include some cash and/or apple equipment...

VINICIUS YUZO ZUCARELI's picture

Be real. Apple makes a phone that cost ~400 to manufacture and sells it at over a 1000. Why would they ever pay for something they can get for free?

Heck, If It was needed buy an U$99 app to enter the contest they would have sold millions of that app.

its not a rip-off when the "prize" was clearly mentioned and photographers accepted that and entered into the contest willingly.

Stuart Carver's picture

Some brilliant shots there... i was the ultimate fool at the weekend, i went out to St Mary's lighthouse in Whitley Bay (famous landmark in Northumbria) which is a 50 mile drive from my house, opened the boot on the car and my camera was safely tucked up at my home in its bag. Not wanting to leave empty handed i used my phone to shoot the lighthouse and got a pretty impressive shot considering, these phones are amazing bits of kit and a welcome addition to any forgetful photographers arsenal haha.

Stuart Carver's picture

This is the shot I took if anyone is interested, probably not but will post it anyway.

Drazen Cavar's picture

Nice photos that once again prove where is the place od phone cameras - in the pocket, ready for backup snaps.

Many mobile phone cameras from pre-I-phone era can achieve the same results.

Dylan Bishop's picture

Just learned that iPhone 11 Pro Camera app has tripod detection and offers 30 second exposures in that mode. Pretty cool.

Stuart Carver's picture

Gotta admit, I’m really tempted to get one of those iPhone clamps for my tripod to experiment a bit more with it.