These Photos Are So Beautiful, But You Won’t Believe What Makes Them Truly Unique

Cameras are ubiquitous in society thanks to rapidly evolving technology. It now seems that everyone and anyone can snap a picture at any time, and in any place. Some think that this might not be a good thing. With all the selfies, food pictures, and outfits of the day, how many thousands of photos are we seeing a day? Are any of them good? Yes, say many, as the availability of high-quality cameras allows more people to capture images around the world. The cameras also allow people to show off how they see the world.

Currently, Apple has a gallery of images all taken on the iPhone 6. Photographers from around the world can submit their photos, and the best are featured in the gallery. We collected 23 of our favorites here. They range from sweeping landscapes to animals and urban scenes.

Jun I., Tokyo, Japan

Cole R., Star Valley Ranch, WY

John L., British Columbia, Canada

Jimmy M., Berlin, Germany

Andrew T., White Sands National Monument, NM

Satoshi H., Tokyo, Japan

David K., Dubai, U.A.E.

Markus S., Venice Beach, CA

Francis O., Inle Lake, Myanmar

Alastair B., The Caingorms, Scotland

Robyn W., Corvallis, OR

Dan C., British Columbia, Canada

Garrett C., Joshua Tree, CA

Karla R., Halong Bay, Vietnam

Pei K., Yosemite National Park, CA

Andrew P., Phoenix, AZ

Silke W., Bali, Indonesia

Cielo D., Alameda, CA

Ahmed A., Albuquerque, NM

Hyeong Jun K., Seoul, South Korea

Brendan O., Copenhagen, Denmark

Paul O., Chicago, IL

Gayle T., Takachiko Gorge, Japan

All of these were taken on phones. Whether or not the people behind the pictures had any formal training in photography doesn”t matter; phone cameras (of any make and model) let people play around with the medium. The Apple gallery also features tips and tricks for budding photographers, with little lessons on how to make your photos pop. So the next time something catches your eye, try snapping a picture. The results may surprise you.