It’s hard to believe that we have such an amazing camera in our pockets, but the iPhone 13 can take some truly remarkable pictures that look like they were snapped on a camera costing ten times as much‑without any special filters, editing, or accessories.
To show off the iPhone 13 Pro’s eye-popping abilities, Apple recently ran the Shot on iPhone Macro Challenge to showcase the remarkable up-close photography capabilities of its premium handset. The winners were selected by an international panel of judges and the shots themselves were taken with little more than an iPhone 13 Pro or iPhone 13 Pro Max.
To take a macro photo using the iPhone 13 Pro, all you need to do is get close enough to your subject for it to kick in—as close as an inch away. You’ll notice the lens switch as the view changes from the wide camera to the ultra-wide, but Apple automatically crops in on the image so you don’t lose your framing. You can check out our guide to using macro mode on the iPhone 13 to help take shots like these.
Here are the winning photos, some of which will be featured on billboards in select cities.