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.]

jeux wii says:

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.

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

Great winner and awesome selection in the gallery

Anonymous says:

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.

Mark says:

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

Omar Shine says:

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

johnna brynn says:

congrats! cool image!

Chase Jarvis says:

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

Mathiasa says:

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!

cw says:

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.

Debra says:

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

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

samkale says:

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?

timothy lusk says:

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.

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).

Jen says:

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

fas says:

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

Thao Tran says:

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

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

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!

Annet says:

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.

Sue says:

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.

Kevin Marlow says:

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

Kris Arruda says:

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

TC says:

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.

Anonymous says:

Cool picture.

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


Theis says:

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


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

Framed Reality says:

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

brian faini says:

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

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


Aaron says:

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.

Yih-Toong says:

Hat off to Omar …

Starshun says:

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.

IsraelZr says:

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!!!


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

Myke Nwots says:

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 )

Dan Coogan says:

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 ;~)

brian says:

Fantastic shot, I love it!

Miguel says:

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

Mike says:

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.

Steven says:

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!

chris says:

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

Pixelpark says:

Yo Omar,

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


Wow some amazing images!! Congrats to everyone!

Ryan Golla says:

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

exphiles says:

Great photo!

Matt Ferrell says:

Congrats! Great image. =D

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.

Scott Duncan says:

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

anthony says:

Great pick! One of my favorites :)

zeemi says:

Wow, it is gorgeous.

Knick says:

Great image to be a winner!

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