While it may not be an elk hunter’s trophy shot or an angler’s grip-n-grin, a hunting photo of sorts has been chosen as this year’s top iPhone photo. The image of a falconer nose-to-beak with his blindfolded companion was named the 2016 iPhone Photo Awards grand prize winner, beating out thousands of other entries from all around the world.
The photo was taken by Siyuan Niu of Xinjiang, China, with an iPhone 5s. The image shows a 70-year-old Khalkha, a Mongolian ethnic group, with his golden eagle. The pair lives and hunts in the Tianshan Mountains south of Xinjiang, leading to Niu’s aptly titled “Man and the Eagle” portrait.
Niu’s photograph beat out thousands of other entries by photographers hailing from 139 countries. His reaction to the win was gleeful . . . and speckled with Hollywood references.
“I couldn’t believe I got the prize,” Niu told TIME Lightbox. “If I had to describe the feeling, I could only say that it feels like when Andy from The Shawshank Redemption finally reached out the sewers and hug the freedom in the lightstorm; it’s like when Jack won the ticket to the Titanic; or when young Simba was born and lifted by the shaman baboon, Rafiki (Lion King).”
The annual photo contest has been held every year since the iPhone debuted in 2007. To say the smartphone’s release has changed photography is an understatement: In December 2015 photo-sharing website Flickr said the iPhone accounted for 42 percent of the images on its site; Canon’s and Nikon’s DSLRs only made up 27 and 16 percent respectively.