30 Beautiful Examples Of Painterly iPhone Photos

Thank you to everyone who participated in our weekly iPhone photography contest. The contest theme this week was Painterly Photography, and any photos that look like they’ve been painted or sketched, rather than photographed, could be submitted. This was a really beautiful photo feed to look through, and I had to keep reminding myself that these images aren’t actually paintings! Here are my personal favorites.

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Painterly iPhone Photo 30


Which one of these photos is your favorite? Please let everyone know in the comments!

How to Enter the Next Photo Contest

Since it’s Christmas this week, the new contest theme is Christmas! Any iPhone photos that have a Christmas theme can be submitted.

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To participate, simply tag your photos using IPSXmas tag on EyeEm. You can tag photos in the description field when you upload them, or when you edit the description of a photo that has already been uploaded (tap the three dots icon to edit a photo).

All photos must be shot and edited on iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. Please upload photos to EyeEm in full resolution and without any watermarks to make sure I can feature them on the website. Please do not submit more than 10 photos each week.

The submission deadline is Sunday, December 28.

Happy Christmas!

  • ML

    Thank you for picking my photo! (@lensinkmitchel)

    • Thank you for entering your wonderful image! Really love the colors and symmetry 🙂

  • Elaine (sunflowerof21)

    Really beautiful selection. Thanks so much for including my image.


    • These painterly images are lovely aren’t they Elaine. Thanks for entering your wonderful photos! Have a great Christmas too! Hope you can enter some pictures in our Christmas themed contest 🙂

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  • tanmayee_sy

    Thanks for featuring my photo, Emil and Kate… Happy Christmas!

  • Guest

    Thanks for featuring my photo, Emil and Kate… Happy Christmas!!

  • tanmayee_sy

    Thank you for selecting my picture, Merry Christmas 🙂

    • Thanks for submitting your painterly photo – love the colors! Happy Christmas 🙂

  • Grisel Kastre-jon

    (Kipepeo1718) Thank you for selecting my picture! Congrats to everyone! Have all a wonderful Merry Christmas! 🙂

    • Thanks for submitting your lovely photo – amazing reflection and symmetry, and it looks beautiful with a painterly effect! Happy Christmas 🙂

  • Peggy judkins

    Thanks for including my photo. It was fun turning my photo into a painting.

    • Thank your for submitting your lovely painterly image Peggy. Glad you enjoyed the editing process! 🙂

    • Desmond.wang

      Your photo is my favorite one.such nice. Congratulations.

  • Billyfrog

    @iPhonePS thank you so much for choosing one of my photos! (wcben) My wife was excited to see the photo you chose (it is her in the picture). I am very new to photography and your blog, tips, and tutorials have been amazing. I’m looking forward to participating in many more IPS contests in the future!

    • Thank you for submitting your great photo! Really glad to hear our tips and tutorials are helping you with your iPhone photography. Look forward to seeing more of your photos! 🙂

  • Lovely painterly images. Thanks for including mine Kate

    • They’re beautiful aren’t they Geri. Thanks for submitting your amazing photos 🙂

  • Donna

    So many really beautiful images in this selection that it’s hard to choose a favorite. I would love to know how each of these was created, what the original looked like, what apps were used.