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GuruShots: winning photographs from the Macro World competition

#38: Gabrielle Baker (United States)

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By competing in epic challenges against millions of photographers, you can get instant feedback from over three billion monthly votes and increase your ranking from Newbie to achieve the ultimate status (and bragging rights) of Guru. 

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The 'Macro World' challenge encouraged photographers to take a larger than life perspective to capture the hidden world them, from ferocious insect portraits to the intricate and hidden natural patterns of plants. The winners, and a selection of commended images, were published in Photography Week magazine and we're pleased to share the top 102 photographs here.

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Top Photographer – #1: Michael Gerhold (Austria)

Top Photo – #2: Karlheinz Reichert (Germany)

Guru's Top Pick – #3: kyerton (United States)

#12: Giuliana Vega (Italy)

#17: Gil Shmueli (Israel)

#23: Fabio Brocchi (Italy)

#27: Pavel Sporish (Israel)

#55: Alex Armando Torres (United States)

#84: Melissa Rensen (Canada)

Top 102 shots

Here are the top 102 images from GuruShots' Striking Shots challenge, including the Top Photographer, Top Photo and Guru's Top Pick. Click on the arrows to scroll through the gallery of images!

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Top Photographer: Michael Gerhold - Austria

Top Photographer: Michael Gerhold - Austria
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Top Photo: Karlheinz Reichert - Germany

Top Photo: Karlheinz Reichert - Germany
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Guru's Top Pick: kyerton - United States

Guru's Top Pick: kyerton - United States
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Maria Shaigen - Russia

Maria Shaigen - Russia
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Gabriel Elgarrista - Argentina

Gabriel Elgarrista - Argentina
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Tony Ryan - United Kingdom

Tony Ryan - United Kingdom
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Bryle Tristan Gaylor - United States

Bryle Tristan Gaylor - United States
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Ciprian Manolescu - Ireland

Ciprian Manolescu - Ireland
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Francois Duminy - South Africa

Francois Duminy - South Africa
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Robert_Charles_ Woods, Jr. - Philippines

Robert_Charles_ Woods, Jr. - Philippines
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František Rieger - Czech Republic

František Rieger - Czech Republic
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Giuliana Vega - Italy

Giuliana Vega - Italy
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Regina De - Germany

Regina De - Germany
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Barbara Singer - United States

Barbara Singer - United States
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Bradford Richman - United States

Bradford Richman - United States
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Paul Mischler - France

Paul Mischler - France
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Gil Shmueli - Israel

Gil Shmueli - Israel
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Joey Harper - United States

Joey Harper - United States
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Luka Sharabidze - United States

Luka Sharabidze - United States
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Norbert G. - Slovak Republic

Norbert G. - Slovak Republic
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pdanielf - United States

pdanielf - United States
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Sridhar Setty - United States

Sridhar Setty - United States
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Fabio Brocchi - Italy

Fabio Brocchi - Italy
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Alexander Standfest - Latvia

Alexander Standfest - Latvia
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Fabrice Lombard - Switzerland

Fabrice Lombard - Switzerland
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Damjan Žagar - Slovenia

Damjan Žagar - Slovenia
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Pavel Sporish - Israel

Pavel Sporish - Israel
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Nijole Byer - United States

Nijole Byer - United States
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Rodica Coșarbă - Great Britain

Rodica Coșarbă - Great Britain
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ckaschwich - Germany

ckaschwich - Germany
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Luca Nebuloni - Italy

Luca Nebuloni - Italy
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Ricky Pulido - Philippines

Ricky Pulido - Philippines
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Vesa Olkkonen - Finland

Vesa Olkkonen - Finland
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Erin Childs - United States

Erin Childs - United States
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Mirek Neradil - Czechia

Mirek Neradil - Czechia
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Tore Canu - Italy

Tore Canu - Italy
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Thomas Jerger - United States

Thomas Jerger - United States
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Gabrielle Baker - United States

Gabrielle Baker - United States
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Rick Wilkinson - United Kingdom

Rick Wilkinson - United Kingdom
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Xan White - Switzerland

Xan White - Switzerland
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Cameron Pettit - United States

Cameron Pettit - United States
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Ron Conigliaro - United States

Ron Conigliaro - United States
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estralota - Czechia

estralota - Czechia
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Carla Abraham - Canada

Carla Abraham - Canada
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Jota KanOudo - Portugal

Jota KanOudo - Portugal
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Panagiotis Lagouvardos - Greece

Panagiotis Lagouvardos - Greece
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ylva_sjogren - Sweden

ylva_sjogren - Sweden
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Pavlína Rolincová - Czechia

Pavlína Rolincová - Czechia
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Emma Rigolo - United States

Emma Rigolo - United States
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Katherine Mallus - United States

Katherine Mallus - United States
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Steve Sanderson - United States

Steve Sanderson - United States
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Dorine Post - Netherlands

Dorine Post - Netherlands
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Bojan Gorenc - Slovenia

Bojan Gorenc - Slovenia
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Tonico Silva - Canada

Tonico Silva - Canada
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Alex Armando Torres - United States

Alex Armando Torres - United States
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Adrian Herrera - Switzerland

Adrian Herrera - Switzerland
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eti. borisova - Bulgaria

eti. borisova - Bulgaria
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Adria Gutierrez - Mexico

Adria Gutierrez - Mexico
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Margo Goldspink - Great Britain

Margo Goldspink - Great Britain
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Duane Angles - United States

Duane Angles - United States
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Brian Mumaw - United States

Brian Mumaw - United States
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Danny Marx - Belgium

Danny Marx - Belgium
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fabrizia chiappa - Italy

fabrizia chiappa - Italy
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Laurie Romig - United States

Laurie Romig - United States
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Patricia Machado - France

Patricia Machado - France
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Saša Josip Milec - Croatia

Saša Josip Milec - Croatia
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Stevan Michaels - United States

Stevan Michaels - United States
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Szigeti Ágnes - Hungary

Szigeti Ágnes - Hungary
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Herbert Pregel - Germany

Herbert Pregel - Germany
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Nemo Beads - Croatia

Nemo Beads - Croatia
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pascalou - France

pascalou - France
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Þorkell Yngvason - Iceland

Þorkell Yngvason - Iceland
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Szilvia Barrett - Australia

Szilvia Barrett - Australia
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Mick Harris - United States

Mick Harris - United States
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Rahmat Samsurizal - Indonesia

Rahmat Samsurizal - Indonesia
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Heidi Heinilä - Spain

Heidi Heinilä - Spain
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Hector Rivera - Puerto Rico

Hector Rivera - Puerto Rico
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Manuela Fazendeiro - Portugal

Manuela Fazendeiro - Portugal
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Richard Picard - France

Richard Picard - France
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Art TB - France

Art TB - France
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Caplikas Irca - Switzerland

Caplikas Irca - Switzerland
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Daniel Hearnden - Australia

Daniel Hearnden - Australia
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vernonh01 - South Africa

vernonh01 - South Africa
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Melissa Rensen - Canada

Melissa Rensen - Canada
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Bill Stayart - United States

Bill Stayart - United States
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Michael Camilleri - Australia

Michael Camilleri - Australia
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Mary Jane Armstrong - United States

Mary Jane Armstrong - United States
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Arantxa Martinez - Spain

Arantxa Martinez - Spain
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Анна Матецкая - Russia

Анна Матецкая - Russia
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Teresa Finik - Canada

Teresa Finik - Canada
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Adam Buchanan - United States

Adam Buchanan - United States
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Val Tcbn - France

Val Tcbn - France
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Karl Fuchs - Austria

Karl Fuchs - Austria
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Kurt Wieser - Austria

Kurt Wieser - Austria
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Guy Dickie - Canada

Guy Dickie - Canada
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Breda Jurecko - Slovenia

Breda Jurecko - Slovenia
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Monika Stacy - United States

Monika Stacy - United States
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Maxim Kalinka - Israel

Maxim Kalinka - Israel
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Antoinette Douglas-Dufresne - Kenya

Antoinette Douglas-Dufresne - Kenya
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explorerdigitalart - United States

explorerdigitalart - United States
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Bryan Hockmuth - United States

Bryan Hockmuth - United States
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David DeRienzo - United States

David DeRienzo - United States
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Ignacio Tejeda - Chile

Ignacio Tejeda - Chile

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