Feast your eyes on the stunning pictures that just won the iPhone Photography Awards

If you think you need a fancy camera to capture stunning pictures, think again.

The iPhone Photography Awards just announced the winners of their eighth annual contest.

Judges sorted through thousands of entries to pick the three best photos, as well as category-specific highlights.

“This year’s entries were especially impressive, ranging from intimate, thought-provoking moments to stunning, captivating imagery,” said IPP Awards creator Kenan Aktulun in a statement.

Check out the winning photographs in each category, and then the overall winners at the end.

And yes, you may need to keep reminding yourself that they were really taken on an iPhone.

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This haunting image by Seattle-based Ben Schuyler won first place in the 'Abstract' category.

Ben Schuyler / IPP Awards

Light and shadows distinguish this gorgeous first place portrait by Daniele Colombera.

Daniele Colombera / IPP Awards

'I take photographs with my telephone because it's the future,' Jesse Alkire writes on his photography site. This picture won first place in the news and events category.

Jesse Alkire / IPP Awards

Check out his site.

Song Han, a photographer based in Chengdu, China, cinched the top spot in the 'People' category with this shot.

Song Han / IPP Awards

We might not even have realised that this mesmerising picture taken by Xu Lin is of drying fish, if it didn't win the award for 'Food' pictures.

Xu Lin / IPP Awards

This striking panorama of an orange cloud won Andre Malerba first a winning spot.

Andre Malerba / IPP Awards

Spain-based Jose Luis Saez Martinez started using his iPhone instead of a DSLR in 2011. This architectural gem won first in the 'Others' category

Jose Luis Saez / IPP Awards

After more than 10 years as an advertising and commercial photographer, Sephi Bergerson now lives in India doing documentary photography. This photo won the prize for 'Animals.'

Sephi Bergerson / IPP Awards

'I took this photo at Silvermine Nature Reserve while surveying the charred aftermath of the fires that ravaged Cape Town in March of this year,' 23-year-old Amy Paterson wrote of this picture, which topped the 'Flowers' category. This particular species has 'embraced fire as part of its ecology' and would become extinct without it, according to Paterson.

Amy Paterson / IPP Awards

Yvonne Naughton, who calls herself an 'accidental photographer,' took this 'Nature' winner on one of her early morning walks in Snee Oosh Beach in Washington.

Yvonne Naughton / IPP Awards

Jeremy Kern works primarily as a pediatric hospitalist in Washington, DC, but uses photography as a creative outlet. He took this shot on a trip to Haiti: It topped the 'Children' category.

Jeremy Kern / IPP Awards

Robert Radesic's 'Sunset' winner trumps the kind of thing you'd usually see on Instagram. This shot was taken in the town of Trieste, Italy.

Robert Radesic / IPP Awards

Chris Belcina took his winning 'Landscape' photo in Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado. He loves how iPhone photography lets him turn 'ordinary moments into magical ones.'

Chris Belcina / IPP Awards

It was a crazy winter with over 12-feet of snow in Michigan when Heather Goss shot this first place 'Seasons' photograph.

Heather Goss / IPP Awards

Ahmed Saeed describes Egypt's Gharb Sehel as a village filled with 'colourful houses, kind warm people and mesmerising views of the Nile.' He received the 'Travel' award.

Ahmed Solimani / IPP Awards

Eucadorian Fabio Alvarez says he was enjoying 'one of the most perfect afternoons' of his life on the beach in Rio, when he snapped this first place 'Lifestyle' winner.

Fabio Alvarez / IPP Awards

Behold the central library of Stuggart, Germany. Christian Frank's serene shot won the 'Architecture' award.

Christian Frank / IPP Awards

Cindy Buske's ethereal still life won first place in that category.

Cindy Buske / IPP Awards

Ruairidh McGlynn took a series of tree photos in Qatar, but this one felt particularly striking.

Ruairidh McGlynn / IPP Awards

And time for the champions! Yvonne Lu captured this third-place photo while travelling back to New York City on a train. 'The couple looks like they don't need anything else in the world,' she says.

Yvonne Lu / IPP Awards

Second place goes to David Craik, who says it took great patience to capture these Starlings just as one's shadow hit the white wall behind it. 'Some may think I'm mad, but one of the most exciting things about wildlife photography is the waiting,' he says.

David Craik / IPP Awards

And first place went to Michal Koralewski, from the Polish city of Poznań, who says he felt compelled to photograph this musician because he could 'almost read his life story from the wrinkles.'

Michael Koralewski / IPP Awards

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