Celebrating close-up, macro & micro photography

Close-up Photographer of the Year (CUPOTY) is a celebration of close-up, macro and micro photography – an annual competition created to showcase images that help us see the world anew.
But its scope is far greater than that.
Its ultimate aim is to encourage you to slow down, enjoy the craft of photography, and to make connections with others who are equally passionate about the world up close.

Henri Koskinen | Seeds on Stage
Plants & Fungi Winner
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Emanuele Biggi | Namib’s Gaze
Close-up Photographer of the Year
Overall winner & Animals winner
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Hal Gage | Starburst Mud
Intimate Landscape Winner
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Marek Miś | Sugar and Salt Mixture Crystals
Micro Winner
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Celebrating close-up, macro & micro photography
more at cupoty

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Escalante and the Grand Staircase

Southern Utah’s Grand Staircase, situated in Escalante National Monument, boasts more than 3,000 square miles of sun-drenched backcountry, colorful sandstone cliffs, hoodoos, slickrock, narrow slot canyons, scenic washes and ancient petroglyphs. But to see many of these fascinating locations you must lace up your hiking boots and traverse the trails and washes to find these hidden treasures. Although considered a bit more strenuous than some of our workshops, participants will reap the reward of their efforts. Awaiting your arrival at the end of the trails will be the spectacular sights of Hell’s Backbone, Hole-in-the-Rock Road, and the Burr Trail. Each twist and turn will reveal yet another unique canyon, plateau or mountain vista.

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Escalante and the Grand Staircase
more at Arizona Highways PhotoScapes

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Night Landscapes

35awards — a major international award created in 2015 by the creators of the professional photo community 35photo.pro. In the first year, 36 thousand people from 110 countries took part in it. In 2016, more than 76 thousand. Every year count of participants increases. In 2017, more than 103 thousand people from 160 countries took part in the competition. More than 257 thousand photos were submitted for the competition.

Rok Stirn
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Hernando Alonso Rivera Cervantes
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John Vermette
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Hugo Valle Perez
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Trashin Alexander
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Night Landscapes | Best Photos in Nomination
more at 35awards

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The Sea has Stories

Grab a cup of coffee or a glass of red and cosy up with the Winter issue of White Horses. Issue 29 opens with a stunning image by Paul Smith of Nic Brewer at Noosa, and flows into the rich collection of stories and photos that has made White Horses so treasured.

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The Sea has Stories
White Horses | Issue Twenty Nine

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Appreciate the majesty of nature; delve into awe-inspiring landscapes, scenes, and urban moments; view scenes of people and cultures from around the world.

Nature, Cities, People. Winners Galleries from National Geographic Travel Photo Contest

First Place, People
Showtime by Huaifeng Li
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First Place, Nature
Tender eyes by Tamara Blazquez Haik
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Second Place, Cities
In the age of aviation by Jassen Todorov
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Honorable Mention, People
Mood by Navin Vatsa
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Third Place, Nature
Dusky dolphins by Scott Portelli
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Nature, Cities, People
Winners Galleries

more at National Geographic

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Rhythmic Images of Nature

Rhythm is defined as a regular repeated pattern with movement regulated by strong and weak succession. For the challenge titled, “Rhythmic Nature”, it was interesting to us how many photographers interpreted that concept as rays of light.

Photo by Antonio Tafuro
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Photo by Srdjan Pavar
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“Autumn Morning” by Mike Stuckey
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Photo by quaravinci
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“Sunrise over Misty Forest” by Tim Kirchoff
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Rhythmic Images of Nature
more at gurushots

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