As a way to broaden my creative horizons and in an effort to have more of my photography seen by the public, my New Year’s resolution was to submit some of my work to various international photography festivals and awards shows in 2016.

One of the very first submissions I made this year was to the international iPhone Photography Awards (IPPA).  Now in it’s 9th year, IPPA is the world’s longest running and most respected mobile photography contest.  The contest is divided in 16 categories: animals, architecture, children, flowers, food, landscape, lifestyle, nature, news/events, people, seasons, still life, sunset, travel, trees and others; the work I entered was primarily in the people and travel segments.

I was absolutely thrilled and extremely proud to learn this week that my photograph, ‘Haymaker’ — which I made with my iPhone 6S whilst in Burma on assignment this past December — was awarded 2nd Place – People in the competition, selected from thousands of entries submitted by iPhone photographers from 139 countries around the world.

I am also very excited that a selection of the winning iPhone images have been featured in international media across the globe, including TIME Magazine, BBC, Vanity Fair, Esquire, Condé Nast Traveller, The Telegraph, The GuardianThe Australian and more.

Visit IPPA to see all the winning photographs.

“IPPAWARDS pay tribute to the stunning imagery that can be captured with even the smallest of cameras, reminding us that the person behind the lens plays a significant part in the making of a picture.”

     – Rachel Lowry, TIME Magazine

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‘Haymaker’
2nd Place – People
iPhone Photography Awards 2016

I made this photograph of Burmese farmers working in the fields off National Highway 1 between Naypyidaw and Yangon while shooting a documentary film assignment with my creative partners in Myanmar.  We noticed the men working with their oxen on the side of the road and stopped our van so that we could capture the colourful scene for our film. The men acknowledged us but continued working, never taking a break from the grueling labour of bailing giant mountains of hay under the blistering midday sun.