The iPhone Photo Award-winning tender moments capture the perfect contrast and a magical sky.

“The Magic of Aurora Borealis.” Russia

Tatiana Mirzelikova / IPP Wards.

This is an amazing picture: a man standing on a bench, watching the spectacular view of the Neon Green Aurora Borealis in Russia. But from another point of view, it looks like that person might be on another planet – maybe the snow suit is a space suit and the earth below and the sky above is some strange sight.

This is one of the winners of this year’s 14th iPhone Photography Awards. The winners of the annual international competition were announced this week.

The rules are simple. Anyone can submit a photo in one of 18 categories as long as the photos are taken from an iPhone or iPad and not converted to Photoshop beyond the iPhone’s filter or lens.

The competition’s top photos are contradictory studies. The grand prize went to Hungarian photojournalist Istvan Kariks. This photo shows two rugged shepherds standing in a deserted Romanian scene. Despite the harshness around them, they keep soft lambs around their shoulders and in their arms. The Photographer of the Year award goes to Sharan Shetty of India, who catches a man sharing a tender moment with his horse in an empty and lonely desert in Azerbaijan.

The selection of award-winning images below is truly universal, and all of these images confirm the phone’s ability to create the magic of photography.

"Transylvanian shepherd." Romania

“Transylvanian Shepherd.” Romania

Istvan Kerekes / IPPAWARDS

"Bondage" Azerbaijan

“Bondage.” Azerbaijan

Sharan Shetty / IPPAWARDS

"Reach the soul." Senegal

“Reach the soul.” Senegal

Quim Fabregas / IPPAWARDS

"Untitled" Ohio.

“Untitled.” Ohio.

Kirsten Corbett / IP Peards.

"the evening" Morocco

“the evening.” Morocco

Enhuani / IPP Awards.

"Winter morning in a small town" China

“Winter morning in a small town.” China

Lucy Lee / IPPAWARDS

"Old gym" Bangladesh

“Old gym.” Bangladesh

Mehboob Hussain Khan / IPPAWARDS

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