Sometimes the best camera is the one you have with you…

Gone are the days where you need a bevy of lights and thousands of Dirhams of camera equipment to nab that perfect shot.

These days most people can simply reach into their pocket, pull out a smartphone and capture the world around them with just a bit of photography knowledge and an eye for detail.

The following photos are entries into the Stuff Smartphone Photography Awards 2017an annual competition that asks the UAE’s eager amatuer snappers to submit their best smartphone photos for a chance to win some awesome prizes.

Check out the following 10 snaps from across the Emirates and read on to find out how you can enter.

10 ace phone photos of the UAE

1. Sunset by Marsha Worek

2. Arabian Horses by Milan Kalezic

3. Dubai Beaches by Abhishek Namilikonda

4. Explore Mode by Sameer Ummer


5. Red Arrows at Burj Al Arab by Jerry Mcilveen


6. The Dream People by Charles Liban

7. Young Biker by Mark Anthony Agtay

8. DFC by Joey Reginaldo


9. In Love With the World by Mohammed Rajeesh

10. Burj Khalifa by Akshay Khiara


Think you can do better? Then why not whip out your smartphone and prove it.

The Stuff Smartphone Photography Awards 2017 are calling on everyone in the UAE with a smartphone to flaunt their photography skills for the chance to win some awesome prizes.

Until midnight Wednesday 29 November you can submit a photo in one of the following categories: Food, Nature, People, Places or Travel.

The best photos will then be chosen by the Stuff team, with voting open to the public from Friday 1 December.

Sounds good, so what can I win?

There’s a massive prize package for whoever walks away with the best publically-voted photo, and even a prize for casting a vote for your favourite.

Overall Grand Prize

Awarded to the individual for the best overall image

  • Honor 7X smartphone
  • Honor Sport Bluetooth earphones
  • Astell&Kern AK70 Digital Audio Player
  • Wicked Audio headphone and speaker package
  • Feathers luxury timepiece
  • Overnight stay for two at Villa Rotana, Dubai
  • Dining voucher for two at Jumeira Rotana, Dubai

Voters Prize

Selected at random from everyone who votes for any entry into the competition

  • Honor 7X smartphone
  • Honor Sport Bluetooth earphones

Don’t forget to check out the competition guidelines to make sure your photo qualifies. You wouldn’t want to miss out for not reading the rules correctly.

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Images: supplied