Isn’t technology great? Phones are getting better every year, which means you no longer need a DSLR to bag a decent shot.

With some basic photography knowledge, a bit of an eye for detail and a modern smartphone, anyone can take a good photo.

In fact, these 10 photos were all taken using smartphones (with a bit of editing, of course), which is why they are entries in the Stuff Smartphone Photography Awards 2016. Read more on how to enter that, and the prizes you can win, after the snaps..

10 snazzy phone pics of the UAE

1. A Sunset at Jebel Jais by Achyuth Baiju

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2. A Friendly Ride by Noe Gene Emperador

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3. Colours of Faith by Feroz Khan

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4. Centre of Attraction by Arwin Tellis

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5. Bustling Souq by Ruqaiyya Reza

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6. An Artist’s Desert by Duncan Couto

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7. A Winter Morning by Sreerang Sreedhar

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8. Sheikh Zayed Mosque by Mobin Agha

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9. Heavenly Light by Waleed Elhassanin

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10. Good Morning Dubai by Feroz Khan

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If you think you’re a phone photo whizz too, now’s your chance to prove it.

The Stuff Smartphone Photography Awards 2016 are calling everyone with a smartphone to flaunt their photography skills for the chance to win some rather fancy prizes.

If you’re not so great with a phone camera, don’t worry. The team at Stuff have oh so kindly provided a tips and tricks section for nailing that perfect snap.


Until midnight on Saturday October 29, you can enter a photo under one of the following categories: Food, Nature, People, Places or Travel.

The best photos from each category will be chosen by the Stuff team, with voting open to the public on Tuesday November 1.


The prizes are awesome.

The grand prize for the best overall image includes:
Huawei Nova Plus
Huawei Watch
Overnight stay for two at Villa Rotana, Dubai
Dining voucher for two at Jumeirah Rotana, Dubai
Xbox One gaming console
2 x Dhs500 Puma vouchers
A selection of goodies from Olloclip
Over Dhs500 of Sandisk products

Huawei’s choice grand prize – for the best image taken on a Huawei smartphone includes:
Huawei Nova Plus
Huawei M2 MediaPad

Voters prize includes:
Huawei Nova Plus

Before you enter though, make sure to check out the competition’s guidelines. It’d suck to get disqualified last-minute because you forgot to check the rules…

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