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The World's 22 Best iPhone Photos

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Amy Paterson via IPPAWARDS

Thanks to ever-improving technology—not to mention sheer convenience—the phones in our pockets are steadily replacing cameras. Traditionalists might grumble about that fact, but, as the winners of iPhone Photography Awards (IPPAWARDS) show, even a cameraphone can create a masterpiece. The 8th annual contest had thousands of entries from photographers in 120 countries around the world; awards were given to 57 photographers in 19 categories, and three Photographers of the Year were crowned. You can check out some of the most beautiful shots below.

1. First Place, Photographer of the Year // Michał Koralewski, Poland

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2. Second Place, Photographer of the Year // David Craik, United Kingdom

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3. Third Place, Photographer of the Year // Yvonne Lu, United States

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4. First Place, Abstract // Ben Schuyler, United States

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5. First Place, Animals // Sephi Bergerson, India

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6. First Place, Architecture // Christian Frank, Germany

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7. First Place, Children // Jeremy Kern, United States

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8. First Place, Flowers // Amy Paterson, South Africa

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9. First Place, Food // Xu Lin, China

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10. First Place, Landscapes // Chris Belcina, United States

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11. First Place, Lifestyle // Fabio Alvarez, Ecuador

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12. First Place, Nature // Yvonne Naughton, United States

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13. First Place, News/Events // Jesse Alkire, United States

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14. First Place, Others // Jose Luis Saez Martinez, Spain

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15. First Place, Panorama // Andre Malerba, United States

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16. First Place, People // Song Han, China

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17. First Place, Portrait // Daniele Colombera

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18. First Place, Seasons // Heather Goss, United States

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19. First Place, Still Life // Cindy Buske, United States

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20. First Place, Sunsets // Robert Radesic, Croatia

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21. First Place, Travel // Ahmed Saeed, Egypt

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22. First Place, Trees // Ruairidh McGlynn, United Kingdom

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For second and third place winners in each category, as well as stories about some of the photos, check out the IPPAWARDS website.

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The Strange Reason Why It's Illegal to Take Nighttime Photos of the Eiffel Tower
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The Eiffel Tower is one of the most-photographed landmarks on Earth, but if photographers aren't careful, snapping a picture of the Parisian tower at the wrong hour and sharing it in the wrong context could get them in legal trouble. As Condé Nast Traveler reports, the famous monument is partially protected under European copyright law.

In Europe, copyrights for structures like the Eiffel Tower expire 70 years after the creator's death. Gustave Eiffel died in 1923, which means the tower itself has been public domain since 1993. Tourists and professional photographers alike are free to publish and sell pictures of the tower taken during the day, but its copyright status gets a little more complicated after sundown.

The Eiffel Tower today is more than just the iron structure that was erected in the late 19th century: In 1985, it was outfitted with a nighttime lighting system consisting of hundreds of projectors, a beacon, and tens of thousands of light bulbs that twinkle every hour on the hour. The dazzling light show was designed by Pierre Bideau, and because the artist is alive, the copyright is still recognized and will remain so for at least several decades.

That being said, taking a selfie in front of the Eiffel Tower after dark and sharing it on Instagram won't earn you a visit from Interpol. The law mainly applies to photographers taking pictures for commercial gain. To make sure any pictures you take of the illuminated tower fall within the law, you can contact the site's operating company to request publishing permission and pay for rights. Or you can wait until the sun comes up to snap as many perfectly legal images of the Parisian icon as you please.

[h/t Condé Nast Traveler]

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Scientists Share the Most Ridiculous Stock Photos of Their Jobs on Twitter
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If you picture a scientist as a guy in a white lab coat who spends all day glaring at vials, you can blame popular media. A quick image search of the word scientist brings up dozens of stock photos that fit this stereotype. And when photos do diverge from the norm, things start to get weird. Now real-life scientists are sharing some of these bizarre depictions on Twitter using the hashtag #badstockphotosofmyjob.

Some stock photos contain errors that would go unnoticed by most members of the public. But show a professional a model posing with a beaker of dyed water, or a backwards double-helix, and they might have something to say.

Despite all the lab gear, safety rules are apparently broken all the time in stock photo world. On rare occasions fake scientists ditch the lab coats altogether for lingerie—or nothing at all.

Even more puzzling scientist stock photo trends include injecting plants with mysterious liquid and holding stethoscopes up to inanimate objects.

Fortunately, scientists from the real world are much better at their jobs than scientists in stock photos make them out to be. To get a clearer picture of how a scientist's job differs from the stereotype, check out some behind-the-scenes accounts of their work in the field.

[h/t IFL Science]

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