And My iPhone Goes to… (BTW, Check Out This Gallery)

Omar Shine, for this killer image here. Great composition, color, and story. Points for abstraction. Congrats Omar. Everyone please shower him with praise. Omar is from the great country of Canada, so it’ll be up north that I’m mailing my phone. (Omar, please contact me offline about getting it to you.)

IMPORTANT: in addition to Omar’s winning shot, there were 3500 images submitted in just a couple of days, with some absolutely stunning work therein. Seriously. As such, I have posted a gallery of my favorite one hundred images with photographer names on each. This gallery is REMARKABLE. Please pay a visit. A good chunk of this work stands up to a lot of the work I see in the industry, regardless of the the platform, mobile or otherwise. Pat yourselves on the back. And thanks for the fun.

[And btw, a personal aside: I found out my mom and dad entered some spoof images in the contest too. Scroll back thru the whole Facebook gallery of submissions if you want to see images of a strange goat tied to a car and a cactus shaped like a rabbit. my parents are funny and cooler’n hell…]
[Lastly, in case you missed it, this entry is the result of this earlier post.]

59 Responses to And My iPhone Goes to… (BTW, Check Out This Gallery)

  1. Knick June 24, 2009 at 9:08 pm #

    Great image to be a winner!

  2. Francesco Gallarotti June 24, 2009 at 9:13 pm #

    Well deserved!

  3. zeemi June 24, 2009 at 9:17 pm #

    Wow, it is gorgeous.

  4. anthony June 24, 2009 at 9:17 pm #

    Great pick! One of my favorites :)

  5. Scott Duncan June 24, 2009 at 9:19 pm #

    Great contest…amazing images. Thanks for putting this together. Congratulations to all that participated.

  6. Wouter Brandsma June 24, 2009 at 9:19 pm #

    Congratulations Omar! Very powerful photograph and indeed very much deserved. And Chase, thank you for the opportunity and I feel honoured that my photograph made it to the gallery.

  7. Matt Ferrell June 24, 2009 at 9:19 pm #

    Congrats! Great image. =D

  8. exphiles June 24, 2009 at 9:23 pm #

    Great photo!

  9. Ryan Golla June 24, 2009 at 9:33 pm #

    Congratulations Omar! Great image and have fun with the iPhone. Great photos from everyone too! :)

  10. andrea dawn photography June 24, 2009 at 9:34 pm #

    Wow some amazing images!! Congrats to everyone!

  11. Pixelpark June 24, 2009 at 9:41 pm #

    Yo Omar,

    Hey you won man, grats to you :D.
    I knew somehow that you could win.
    Wish you all the best


  12. chris June 24, 2009 at 9:41 pm #

    Maybe you should do giveaways of more stuff. Older equipment or promo things. It would be fun.

  13. Steven June 24, 2009 at 9:44 pm #

    Congrats to everyone! Great winning photo. I could not have picked a winner! There were so many good photos just from the 100 in the Gallery. 2 did stand out. Steven James Scott and Shawn Rocco photos.

    @ Chase: Thank you for doing this for us!

  14. Mike June 24, 2009 at 9:46 pm #

    Sickkk image. I really like that one.
    Definitely deserved it, but I'm still jealous.

    Chase – thanks for doing this, was tons of fun and hope you do more give-aways in the future.

  15. Miguel June 24, 2009 at 9:46 pm #

    Congrats Omar!!! Great work. Thumbs up to you Chase Jarvis for the innitiative, it was because of your work that I started making (and paying attention to) photos w/ my iPhone. Very happy to have my photo listed.
    Cheers from Argentina

  16. brian June 24, 2009 at 9:51 pm #

    Fantastic shot, I love it!

  17. ben de leon June 24, 2009 at 9:59 pm #


  18. Dan Coogan June 24, 2009 at 10:00 pm #

    Awesome photo Omar congratulations to you, and Chase I like the iPhone gallery, but it could use a few bikini babes… cause we just don't get enough of those type of photos anywhere ;~)

  19. Myke Nwots June 24, 2009 at 10:14 pm #

    Good job Omar! And thanks to Chase and crew for this opportunity! We need more contests like this!!!! (Even if no prizes, just bragging rights! :-P )

  20. jan scherders June 24, 2009 at 10:23 pm #

    my goodness, you are right, this gallery is awesome !!
    thanks Chase for another super initiative !!

  21. IsraelZr June 24, 2009 at 10:30 pm #

    omar, all my hats ( and I have plenty… Trust me on that one) off for your photo, a true winner and a great image, congrats on the great photo!!! And new phone!!!

    Chase, thanks for giving us the chance!!!


  22. Starshun June 24, 2009 at 10:30 pm #

    Chase, Thanks for including my shot in the gallery. I really appreciate the effort you put in to select these shots and a honored to be amongst such good company.

    Congratulations to all who took part.

  23. Yih-Toong June 24, 2009 at 10:53 pm #

    Hat off to Omar …

  24. Aaron June 24, 2009 at 11:29 pm #

    Well done, Omar. I noticed several of your images and commented on some early on. You had a couple that could have been winners.

    Chase, good choice. I was thinking about the challenge you were going to have digging through all that and picking one image. Also, nice touch putting that gallery of 100 together. I think those 100 folks probably feel pretty good about it as well and they deserved some notice.

    Good job to all of you as well.

    Thanks for doing this, I really enjoyed it.

  25. Juan Miguel Guerrero June 24, 2009 at 11:37 pm #

    Congratulations Omar!

    And thanks Chase Jarvis.

    You have selected 4 of my photos in your 100 favorites images gallery.

    Today I am a happier man


  26. Francis June 25, 2009 at 12:23 am #


  27. brian faini June 25, 2009 at 12:40 am #

    I submitted one and made it to the top 100. Rock on!

  28. Framed Reality June 25, 2009 at 1:12 am #

    Great job Omar! Well Chase..What's the next challenge?

  29. stevenjamesscott June 25, 2009 at 1:22 am #

    Well, if the photography thing doesn't work out, I see a promising career as a photo editor for you.

    Seriously, from 3500 submissions, you culled out some stunning images. And there seems to be a consistency of tone in each of them that contributes to the gallery as a whole.

    I'm thinking we hit up MOMA or The Tate for the group show. You?

    Thanks for giving us all the opportunity, and for choosing (two~!) of my shots for your top 100.

    Appreciate it.
    Steven James Scott

  30. Theis June 25, 2009 at 3:29 am #

    The cellphone images are moving in check this from The New York Times.


  31. Anonymous June 25, 2009 at 4:08 am #

    Cool picture.

    Maybe it is time to start a discussion on which iphone programs we use to create great pictures??


  32. TC June 25, 2009 at 4:12 am #

    Great image – excellent stuff in the gallery.

    It's interesting to see the kind of photo's there are most of here. Mostly it's streety and/or abstracts, where color rendition and timing isn't of the out most essence.

    I submitted one of those myself (but didn't make it in top100). For the simple reason that my i780 takes nearly two seconds from I press the shutter till it actually takes the photo, and the shutter speed seems to around two seconds as well, unless we have direct sunlight. Oh, and if there's too harsh lights, something, will be blown.

    But for something that I carry with me always, I should have taken the time to learn its limits earlier.

    Anyway, just wanted to thank you for this interesting challenge.

  33. Kris Arruda June 25, 2009 at 4:42 am #

    Thanks for the contest Chase, and don't forget Omar, with great power, comes great responsabillity. Hehehe…

  34. Kevin Marlow June 25, 2009 at 5:07 am #

    Good choice.

    Thank you Chase for creating this fun and inspiring contest. I think it would be great to do something like this every month, even without prizes!

    Also thank you very much for choosing one of my shots for your top 100 gallery. I am very honored.

    Kevin marlow

  35. Sue June 25, 2009 at 6:25 am #

    Congrats omar! Maybe you can continue to post pics with your new phone!

    Thanks Chase. This was fun and able to see many great shots from so many different people.

  36. Annet June 25, 2009 at 7:08 am #

    It was FUN and EXCITING Chase!

    Thanks for selecting the couch pic for the gallery.

    Lots of beautiful posts, amazing!

    We will contact you soon about our iPhone Polarize contest.

  37. Quinton Gordon June 25, 2009 at 7:10 am #

    The iPhone is the digital equivalent of the Diana or Holga in that it frees the photographer's mind from technical thinking and allows the creative mind to rise unrestricted to the surface. Wonderful work by all!

  38. Russell Green June 25, 2009 at 9:21 am #

    Congrats to the winner! Wow 3500 entries! That's fantastic.

  39. Thao Tran June 25, 2009 at 9:33 am #

    Congrats Omar! That was cool seeing everyone's pictures. Chase you should do this more often.

  40. fas June 25, 2009 at 10:44 am #

    Congrats to Omar, cool stuff there. Congrats to the winner, super shot.

  41. Jen June 25, 2009 at 12:12 pm #

    Awesome gallery! My phone photos look horrendous compared to some of these! Of course, I'm still fighting the iPhone craze.

  42. brandt abner June 25, 2009 at 12:47 pm #

    Zone on a phone!
    Well Done, Omar!

  43. Aimee Greeblemonkey June 25, 2009 at 12:58 pm #

    Agh! Bummed I missed this contest, but the winning shot was STELLAR! Congrats Omar! (did you see I did cell phones or in the moment as the theme of my photo contest this month? People loved it).

  44. timothy lusk June 25, 2009 at 3:29 pm #

    Awesome. Congrats… it is a great shot, Omar!

    I also love Quentin Van Dijk's shot too. The sun/lighting in that shot is amazing.

  45. samkale June 25, 2009 at 8:21 pm #

    So does anyone else think that just because the contest is over it means we should stop sharing images?

    I sort of liked paging through the images and finding inspiration.

    Who else wants to keep posting images to the Facebook page?

  46. Ateljé Digital June 25, 2009 at 11:13 pm #

    Great winner pic! Totaly fair and motivated, good work!

  47. surfing/skating n snowboarding June 26, 2009 at 2:22 am #


  48. Adam June 26, 2009 at 9:07 am #

    Nice pic!

  49. Debra June 26, 2009 at 10:15 am #

    way to go, Omar! This was a really fun way to get the creative juices flowing; thanks to Chase for spear heading it.

  50. cw June 26, 2009 at 10:34 am #

    Sorry for not joining the lovefest, but the winning pick isn't even close to the best one in that gallery. I guess that's what makes art art. Cool shots, there. All of them.

  51. Mathiasa June 26, 2009 at 11:26 am #

    How about we make a Flickr page, only for cellphone images?
    That would work way better than submitting the images to the Chase's fanpage.

    Also, congrats to Omar!

  52. Chase Jarvis June 26, 2009 at 11:49 am #

    @cw. i concur. our difference of opinion is what makes art cool.

  53. johnna brynn June 26, 2009 at 3:49 pm #

    congrats! cool image!

  54. Omar Shine June 27, 2009 at 7:24 pm #

    Hey guys, sorry it took so long to jump on here, its been a crazy week with mid terms (sigh)…

    I woke up at 6am that day to do a last minute cram for a mid term I had in 3 hours… I Went to my Apple branded slab of plastic and shook the mouse to see that my web browser was full screen with CJ's blog still up. My index finger cringed as it was having flashbacks of the last 12 hours – clicking the refresh button, and slamming the +R keys until they longer responded. (I’m sure that Dartanyon noticed an influx in hits from my IP, and thought “what the hell?”)

    …So I figure, one last judo-chop shouldn’t hurt, so I did…. The screen refreshed, and at first I though I was still dreaming or something as I saw the pic I took glaring back at me.

    I kept saying to myself that this can’t be right because there were a lot of amazing pics submitted, over 3500 to be exact.

    My virtual beer/high five goes to Kevin Wyllie for the amazing shot of the Electronica concert….. Wicked bro, that shot gives me chills!

    Anyways, thanks everyone for the kind words and shouts to Chase Jarvis for putting together a sik competition… Honestly, Chase doesn’t have to do anything more than take amazing photographs to support the photography community – and yet he continues to go beyond that and provide all of us here with his wealth of knowledge; from high speed flash photography and composite structure, to details on concept-2-completion.

    I just gave Kevin my last virtual beer, but to Chase I think a virtual Planet will do just fine…haha


    Omar Spark

  55. Mark July 6, 2009 at 1:32 am #

    WOW! That was taken with a camera phone? I guess I'll have to get rid of all my gear and start all over again. lol :) Really, great shot

  56. Anonymous July 7, 2009 at 12:43 am #

    Levi Bethune's image would have been my pick. The way the light was interacting with the window and the toddler's fingers was almost alien.

  57. JadeGreenImage July 20, 2009 at 9:51 am #

    Just goes to prove that the gear doesn't make the photographer.

    Great winner and awesome selection in the gallery

  58. jeux wii October 27, 2009 at 4:32 am #

    Great picture!
    You can shoot only special features of natures things. Your iPhone gave you a big complement here. Thank you so much for sharing pictures and your experience.

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