The Photobox Instagram Photography Awards (or PIPAs for short) launched this summer in celebration of the outstanding photography found on the world’s favourite photo-sharing network. 

With over 18,000 submissions being snapped in fewer than three weeks of announcement, the shortlist (announced Tuesday 11 September) was just a glimpse at the amazing variety of submissions all worthy of #instafame.

Gathering in London to whittle down the cream of the crop, the panel of industry-leading experts included The Guardian’s former picture editor, Eamonn McCabe; editor-in-chief at Cosmopolitan, Farrah Storr; and lecturer in photography at Kingston University, Paul Postl. 

With the very best of photography on offer, the focus for the winning pictures was a celebration of the beauty in every day, with Farrah Storr saying, “The shortlisted pictures need to be something that would make you stop when you’re scrolling through Instagram”.

Showcasing just about every style of image, from moments of brotherly love to phenomenal landscapes, the fierce competition concluded on 3October with the £5000 prize awarded to Darren Hall from Newcastle-upon-Tyne for his picture of a miniature poodle catching a ball on the beach.

Congratulations to Darren for taking the ‘Instagram Photograph of the Year’!

Find out more about the PIPAs by visiting the website, see more of Darren’s images at his Instagram page (obviously), and see some of the other shortlisted images below…