Macro photography grabs top prize in Close-up Photography of the Year 2020

Macro photography grabs top prize in Close-up Photography of the Year 2020
This incredible image from Tamás Koncz-Bisztricz is just one of the category winners from this year's competition (Image credit: © Tamás Koncz-Bisztricz |

A stunning image of an eel larva taken off the Indonesian island of Lembeh during a blackwater dive has taken top spot in Close-up Photographer of the Year 2020. It was taken by French photographer Galice Hoarau and will be displayed to a global audience in the competition’s Top 100 online gallery.  

The awards, in association with Affinity Photo, is now in its second year and 6,500 entries were submitted to 2020's competition, from 52 countries. Close-up Photographer of the Year was founded by former editor of Outdoor Photography magazine, Tracy Calder.

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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.