30 Incredible iPhone Photos of Winter and Snow

This week’s iPhone photography contest was about winter photography. While winters can be cold and uncomfortable, they are perfect for taking photos and you can capture some really unique things that wouldn’t be possible in any other season. As always, it wasn’t easy to pick the winners, but here are my personal favorites this week.

djmon1que

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billenina

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breadgeek

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chris_stern

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cmb215

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djc600

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emmathecat

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erik_mr16

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etabernathy

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georgia_stark

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janes3girls

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jsal17

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kalynyeley

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kristiinah

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lotsofpaws

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michele182

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nagelmichael

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nileshsoni

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ninetyeagle

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patrickfero

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sidscotchman

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simonnauert

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szklanowski

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teebird10

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tom3cki

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wwgreer

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Analysis of The Winning Photos

There’s so much to be learned from all the amazing photos that are submitted every week, and I’ll be the first one to admit that a lot of my photography has been inspired by the great photos that my readers have submitted. To make sure that we get the most out of these photos, I’ve decided to do a short commentary on a few of the winners each week.

Thank you Chris Stern for the great idea!

djmon1que

@djmon1que

I really love this unique beach photo. The author has chosen the angle very carefully so that the water on the right side of the frame is contrasted with the hard surface on the left side, and the contrast between the two is made apparent by the steep, dark “walls” of the shore.

These dark walls also work as leading lines which draw our attention towards the group of people in the background. While the people in the background are engaged in some sort of activity, the couple that’s walking in the foreground adds a sense of calm and tranquility to this otherwise dramatic photo.

The author has made a good decision to process this image in B&W, which emphasizes contrast and focuses our attention towards the subjects of the photo.

szklanowski

@szklanowski

This great photo of mountains demonstrates an important principle in landscape photography – no matter how pretty the mountains in the background are, you always want to put them in context by including relevant subjects in the foreground.

It’s also important that the author has left the top half of the image empty, which is great for conveying the airy and open feel of a mountain landscape like this. Combine that with the amazing clouds and you have a winner!

billenina

@billenina

This photo teaches a simple but very important lesson – you can take unique photos by simply changing the angle from which you take them. By placing the iPhone just a tiny bit above the ice the author helps us see the ordinary from a very different angle, which is always a good thing in photography.

The New Contest Theme

The new contest theme is portraits and photos of people in general. To help you get started, check out these 10 iPhone portrait photography tips

To participate tag your best iPhone photos using #IPSPortrait hashtag on Instagram.

Your Instagram has to be public or I won’t see your photos. It’s OK to submit old photos as well as new ones, but please do not submit more than 10 photos. All photos must be shot and edited on iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. I do not feature photos with watermarks.

The winners will be featured on this blog and on my Instagram on Monday, March 3.

  • Clint

    Beautiful winter captures!

  • I like the analysis: could you do the same for the “Beauty” winners because I didn’t get them.

    • Thanks John, happy to hear that! I’ll do that in the next weeks as well.