Smartphone Photography Awards 2015: the best shot is about preserving a moment

Technicalities aside, knowing the significance of the moment is the most important, says grand prize winner Paul Henry Mercado

With over 1600 entries submitted, one stood out. It's nothing complicated, just a simple location shot. But it was the meaning behind that photo that led our judges to unanimously declare it as the overall winner of the Stuff Smartphone Photography Awards 2015.

The winner, Paul Henry Mercado, believes that a simple gesture is all it takes to preserve a very important point in Singapore's history. His winning photo captures a poignant moment in Singapore, during the week-long grieving period for the late founding Prime Minister, Lee Kuan Yew.

"I hope by this simple gesture, people can recall and preserve the moment," said Mercado.

The shot did not involve any advanced technical procedures like lighting, colour balance or shadows. "What I have realised is that knowing the significance of the moment is the most important," he highlighted. He also adds that it's not just about waiting for the moment, but also taking the picture no matter the conditions as you won't know which moments will produce the best pictures.

While Mercado is also of a mind that smartphone photography has advanced by leaps and bounds, it is still not an apple to apple comparison with DSLR imagery. But Mercado concludes: "The best camera is the one that is always with you. You can always give your pictures a little bit of imagination."