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GuruShots: winning photographs from the World in Macro contest

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(Image credit: Keti Khuskivadze - Georgia)

Billed as the world's greatest photo game, GuruShots is an online platform that provides a fun, structured way to showcase your images while gaining global exposure for your work. 

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. 

GuruShots' challenges are voted on by the platform's Gurus and the wider community, and there’s a fresh challenge every day. Winners can receive prizes from GuruShots' sponsors such as Adorama, Kodak, Lowepro and Lensbaby. 

'World in Macro' challenged entrants to get up close and personal with the world, from intricate insects to tight shots of textures. Of course, the latter proved extremely popular with many beautiful bugs – including the great winning shot by Micha Mettier of a hungry wasp, along with some amorous insects by Michal Sata and Joana Katina!

Nick T.'s magnificent macro shot of water droplets was one of our favorites, with its kaleidoscopic colors, and water drops were also used to excellent effect in the entries by photos.by.jonne and Sridhar Setty.

The 20 highest ranked images were published in PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine,  and we're pleased to showcase these images below, along with the rest of the top 500 featured photographs in the gallery that follows.

Top Photographer (Image credit: 01 Micha Mettier - Switzerland)

Top Photo (Image credit: Michał Seta - Poland)

Guru's Top Pick (Image credit: per.eisele - Sweden)

#4 (Image credit: Gabriel Fox - Brazil)

#5 (Image credit: Daniel Lopes - Portugal)

#6 (Image credit: Nick T. - Canada)

#7 (Image credit: Sridhar Setty - United States)

#8 (Image credit: Gil Shmueli - Israel)

#9 (Image credit: Joana Katina - Republic of Lithuania)

#10 (Image credit: Keti Khuskivadze - Georgia)

#11 (Image credit: Suzi Magner - Australia)

#12 (Image credit: photos.by.jonne - Sweden)

#13 (Image credit: Marja-Liisa Hauser - Austria)

#14 (Image credit: Stranger - Ukraine)

#15 (Image credit: Vladislavs Kundzins - Latvia)

#16 (Image credit: Bryle Tristan - United States)

#17 (Image credit: Charlotte Rhodes - Great Britain)

#18 (Image credit: Robert Sic - Poland)

#19 (Image credit: Tiina Kattel - Estonia)

#20 (Image credit: Roland Tockner - Austria)

#21 (Image credit: Rob Williamson - United States)

#22 (Image credit: Ilan Horn - Israel)

#23 (Image credit: Andrzej Wojtal - Poland)

Here are the remaining images from the top 500 entries in GuruShots' 'World in Macro' contest – simply click on the arrows to scroll through the full gallery of photos. 

To find out more, and to sign up and take part in the next challenge, visit www.gurushots.com.