The iPhone Photography Awards (IPPAWARDS), a world wide competition aimed at recognizing photographers for their iPhone skills since 2008, revealed the 2018 list of winning photographers and photographs which included Lebanese Soha Ghandour. Soha is a self-taught photographer who was selected as a finalist of the Byblos Bank Photography Award back in 2016, after which she decided to become a full-time photographer.
Ghandour’s picture of Tyre was shot with an iPhone 5 and was awarded the third place under the Travel section. I am not sure if she’s the first Lebanese to be featured in these awards but I looked up the winners of the past three years and there were no Lebanese in it.
The Grand prize winner was Jashim Salam with a picture of displaced Rohingya children in a refugee camp near Ukhiya, Bangladesh. The photo was shot with an iPhone 7.