Get in close with your camera to win a £2,500 top prize

Namib’s Gaze image (CUPotY Animals winner & Overall winner)
Emanuele Biggi was crowned Close-Up Photographer of the Year 2019 for this amazing shot of a Peringuey’s adder (Image credit: Emanuele Biggi / CUPOTY)

Close-up Photographer of the Year is back – with a bigger cash prize, an additional category and a new judge.  

Launched last year, the competition marks excellence in macro, micro and close-up photography. The overall winner will receive £2,500 in cash, with each category winner winning £300. 

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Niall Hampton

Niall is the editor of Digital Camera Magazine, and has been shooting on interchangeable lens cameras for over 20 years, and on various point-and-shoot models for years before that. 

Working alongside professional photographers for many years as a jobbing journalist gave Niall the curiosity to also start working on the other side of the lens. These days his favored shooting subjects include wildlife, travel and street photography, and he also enjoys dabbling with studio still life. 

On the site you will see him writing photographer profiles, asking questions for Q&As and interviews, reporting on the latest and most noteworthy photography competitions, and sharing his knowledge on website building.