Are any of your close-up, macro or micro photography shots worthy of international recognition? Then the Close-up Photographer of the Year judges would like to see them.
Submit one of your best shots – whether captured on a camera, phone or light microscope – before 23 May to be in with a chance of winning a £2,500 (US$3,450) cash prize.
An annual competition showcasing the best close-up, macro and micro photography from around the world, Close-up Photographer of the Year (CUPOTY), in association with Affinity Photo, is now in its third year and is open to everyone.
Close-up Photographer of the Year 03 categories
Two categories are new this year – Butterflies & Dragonflies and Underwater – and the total prize fund has been boosted to £5,300 ($7,330).
Here’s the full list of the CUPOTY 03 categories:
- Animals (supported by Affinity Photo)
- Insects (supported by Zerene Stacker)
- Butterflies & Dragonflies NEW (supported by Olympus)
- Underwater NEW (supported by Seacam)
- Plants & Fungi (supported by Novoflex and Speed Graphic)
- Intimate Landscape
- Micro (supported by Motic Europe)
- Young CUPOTY (supported by Sigma)
The overall winner will receive £2,500 ($3,450) in cash, plus a trophy, and each category winner will take home £300 ($410) in cash.
Young Close-up Photographer of the Year 03 is open to entrants aged 17 or under. The winner will receive a Sigma 105mm f2.8 DG DN Macro Art lens (worth £700/$799) with a USB Dock – and a trophy.
CUPOTY is open until 23 May – enter today!
Close-up Photographer of the Year 03 entry fees start from £10/$14 (one picture in one category), up to £40/$55 (30 pictures in eight categories). It costs £5/$7 to enter 15 pictures for Young CUPOTY.
Judging for CUPOTY 03 will take place in July, with the results announced in September.
Click here to enter CUPOTY 03.
The judging panel includes award-winning photographers, magazine journalists, conservationists and authors, including Sue Bishop, Ross Hoddinott, Kathy Moran, Robert Thompson and Tracy Calder.
Last year the competition attracted more than 6,500 entries, from 52 countries.
To see all of the winning and shortlisted entries for CUPOTY 02, click here.