Night Mode Photo Challenge 2020 saw wide participation from photographers in every nook and corner of the world. Organized by none other than Apple, the contest received a multitude of pictures shot on iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max.
Out of the incredibly beautiful photographs clicked by enthusiastic photography lovers, a select panel of judges selected the six winning pictures.
These winning shots capture the various shades of night and represent the culture of India, China, Russia, and Spain. Excited to know who are the winners of iPhone Night Mode Challenge?
Winning Photographers of Shot on iPhone Night Mode Challenge
The winning photographs curated by an esteemed jury perfectly symbolize the colors of the night in their countries and cultures. Let’s bask in the beauty of the beautiful epitomes of night photography captured by the winners of the iPhone Night Mode Photo Challenge.
1. Konstantin Chalabov (Moscow, Russia), iPhone 11 Pro
This picture shot on iPhone 11 Pro by Konstantin Chalabov narrates a story. It reminds of those movies where the protagonist stops somewhere in the middle of a deserted road thinking about life. The picture makes you wonder what’s up with the driver. What made him stop here?
Phil Schiller, one of the judges, says “Konstantin’s photo is a super-dramatic image shot with Night mode. It could be the opening shot of a great Cold War spy movie. It challenges us with intriguing questions — ‘Where is the driver? Where are they going? Why stop out here?’ A cool mist permeates the blue Russian hillside and snow-covered ground, framing the lonely vehicle with bright red lights that hint at an unknown danger.”
In the words of another jury member Brooks Kraft “A movie-like scene that leaves you curious about what happened in this snowy remote setting. Night mode captures the blue light exterior hue beautifully as well as the incandescent lighting inside the cab of the truck and the truck lighting — a wide variety of lighting.”
2. Andrei Manuilov (Moscow, Russia), iPhone 11 Pro Max
This image shot on iPhone 11 Pro Max by Andrei Manuilov makes you wonder. It poses questions and upon looking at the picture you begin thinking about who lives at this place and why the photographer choose this particular subject only. He could have shown even more beautiful night scenes, then why only this.
Darren Soh, a renowned photographer and contest’s judge, says “An amazingly well-balanced composition that throws so many questions back at the viewer — ‘Where is this? Who lives here?’ — and perhaps the most important — ‘Why is laundry hanging out to dry at night?’ As an architectural photographer, I am drawn by the image’s one point perspective that leads the viewer into the frame, right smack into the hanging pieces of clothing.”
3. Mitsun Soni (Mumbai, Maharashtra, India), iPhone 11 Pro
This stunning click by Mitsun Soni shows the color richness and Incredibility of the land of gods, i.e., India. It mesmerizes the users with the red light and makes them ponder about where it is coming from. The shot even makes you think is this a sci-fi film.
In the words of Tyler Mitchell “This one blows my mind. I have no idea where that deep rich red light is coming from on the tree. It almost feels like a UFO sitting above the tree, just out of frame. Absolutely beautiful composition as well.”
Arem Duplessis, an esteemed photographer, says “The rich red colour of the tree and ground gives this picture an otherworldly quality. Paired with the night sky, it feels like a still from a sci-fi film.”
4. Rubén P. Bescós (Pamplona, Navarra, Spain), iPhone 11 Pro Max
Rubén P. Bescós plays with light in this mesmerizing shots and shows an artistic angle of Spain. The picture artistically describes the holy journey of pilgrims and the obstacles that they face in their way to the destination.
Phil Schiller says: “Photography is the art of light, and Ruben’s photo magically uses light to bring this art installation in Spain to life. The colour in this Night mode image is a captivating orange, beautifully framing the band of pilgrims in sharp silhouette. The crackly details on the foreground rocks add to the story of the long and difficult journey ahead for these pilgrims before they reach their holy site.”
5. Rustam Shagimordanov (Moscow, Russia), iPhone 11
This picture shot by Rustam Shagimordanov gives you wintery chills and a warm feeling at the same time. It perfectly captures the coldness of mountains and the warmth of rocks on a winter night.
Kaiann Drance says: “A captivating shot of a winter village by the sea, which must feel cold, yet looks warm with the glow against the rocks and lights inside the red cabins, inviting a story about the people inside.”
Malin Fezehai says: “I love how the lights in the red cabins give a sense of warmth in the cold. 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.”
6. Yu “Eric” Zhang (Beijing, China), iPhone 11 Pro Max
Ever visited a busy street at night? If no, then this picture shot by Yu “Eric” Zhang makes you feel that you’re a part of the crowd on China’s street. The lights and rising steam instantly grabs attention.
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.”
These were the winners of the iPhone Night Mode Photo Challenge. Their winning clicks will feature in a gallery on apple.com and Apple Instagram (@apple). These shots will also be showcased on billboards all over the world.
A big congratulation to the winners from all of us at Innovana Blogs. Stay tuned with us to know when iPhone Night Mode Photo Challenge is coming again. Who knows, you could be the next winner.