Which picture won the world’s largest Instagram photography awards?

Did you enter the PIPAs? It’s not a daft question as over 180,000 people did – turning the first year of the Photobox Instagram Photography Awards into the biggest competition of its kind. Now it’s time to take a first look at our winners.

The Instagram Photograph of the Year wins £5,000 – scroll on to see if it’s your favourite. Nine category winners each win £500 for shots of everything from a speedboat doing doughnuts (Sport), a woman in blue face-paint at the Zinneke Parade (Travel) and the twisted branches of a tree in the Madeira Islands (Landscape).

And the winner is… Ted the Poodle

Yes, this airborne canine, above, fought off stiff competition to take the overall crown for his owner, Darren Hall from Newcastle-upon-Tyne.


For the glitzy awards ceremony in London on 3 October, we printed each of the winning photos onto a large Canvas (80 x 80 cm) and they looked amazing. It’s easy to recreate with an Insta shot you’re particularly proud of. And you get your likes framed in the living room.

Meet the judges

The judging team making the decisions were:

  • Eamonn McCabe, multi-award winning former picture editor of the Guardian
  • Farrah Storr, Editor in Chief at Cosmopolitan
  • Paul Postle, Photography lecturer with 30 years of industry experience
  • Steffi Daydreamer, social media content creator and photographer
  • Nige @Levanterman, celebrated architectural and time-lapse photographer

How did they make their choice?

The competition, run between Europe’s largest photo sharing community and the world’s favourite photo-sharing social network, is designed to celebrate the beauty in the everyday.

“The picture of Ted the Poodle is so perfectly caught, a real split-second moment in time, where the subject is off the ground, eyes to camera and ball in the mouth – it takes some beating.”
Head judge, Eamonn McCabe

Do you agree?

You can take a scroll through our shortlist here. Think you could do better? Great! We’re hoping the PIPAs become a circled date in the calendars of photographers across the world (and that includes you and that hilarious shot you got of the cat). So see you next year.

If you did enter the PIPAs and your photo didn’t manage to make the shortlist, don’t feel disheartened: Print the picture online and savour it forever.

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