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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Celebrating bird photography from around the world

Promoting bird photography and the photographers behind the images is one of the primary aims of the Bird Photographer of the Year competition.

Here are some images from the “Bird Photographer of the Year 2019 Shortlist”

La Dama Blanca
White Stork – Ciconia ciconia. Stanislao Basileo, Italy.
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Common Guillemot – Uria aalge. Audun Lie Dahl, Norway.
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Rufous Hummingbird – Selasphorus rufus. Shane Kalyn, Canada.
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Whiskered Treeswift – Hemiprocne comata. Wang Bin, Singapore.
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Common Eider – Somateria mollissima. Thomas Hinsche, Germany.
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Celebrating bird photography from around the world
go to Bird Photographer of the Year website, home to the world-renowned photography competition and a growing community of wildlife photographers and conservationists. Marvel at some of the World’s best bird images, interact with innovative and established wildlife photographers, and help them support conservation.

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The people have spoken

Wildlife Photographer of the Year LUMIX People’s Choice Award winner revealed
The Natural History Museum’s annual showcase of the world’s best nature photography and photojournalism has revealed the winner of the people’s choice award. More than 16,000 nature fans voted from a selection of 25 images shortlisted by the London institution, with New Zealand-born London-based photographer David Lloyd’s picture, Bond of Brothers, depicting a unique moment between a pair of male lions, emerging as the favourite.

The two adult males, likely to be brothers, greeted and rubbed faces for around 30 seconds before settling down. It is unusual for lions to nuzzle for so long, and David was honoured to have experienced and captured such a moment.

“I’m so pleased that this image did well because it illustrates the emotion and feeling of animals and emphasises that this is not limited to humans,” David says. “It is something I think more people need to be aware of for the sake of all animals.”
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Fox Meet Fox
by Matthew Maran
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Three Kings
by Wim Van Den Heever
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One Toy, Three Dogs
by Bence Mate
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The 55th Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition is currently being judged. The winners will be announced in October 2019.
via Australian Geographic

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Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year

Open to professional and non-professional, old and young, the Awards celebrate the very best in food photography and film from around the world.

The categories cover the full cultural range of the depiction of food in society – there is something for everyone. From styled food for magazines to images of families eating together in celebration of religious festivals, from depictions of the realities of food production to food growing in its natural setting.

Pumpkins At Sunrise
1st Place Andrew Newey, United Kingdom
Food in the Field Category
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Harvesting Gold
1st Place Kazi Mushfiq, Bangladesh
Bring Home the Harvest Category
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Preparing For The Nightshift
1st Place Tiree Dawson, United Kingdom
Champagne Taittinger Wedding Food Photographer
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Cauldron Noodles
1st Place Jianhui Liao, China
Food for Celebration Category
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Tarte Tatin With Thyme
1st Place Nick Millward, United Kingdom
Marks & Spencer Food Portraiture
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more at Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year

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The Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year

The Scottish Landscape Photography Awards are an annual photography competition first launched in September 2014.
The overall winner, category winners and those that are commended will have their work showcased to a global audience as well as having their work showcased in an exhibition, book, calendar and postcards. Proceeds from sales are usedd to build the competition, fund exhibitions and provide bigger and better prizes for each year.

Overall Winner – The Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year
Allan Donald
Stob Dubh Sunset
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Runner Up
Peter Paterson
Boat House Loch Lubnaig
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Landscape Winner
Seán Kerr
White Islands
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Urban Winner
Douglas MacKay
The National Monument of Scotland
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Monochrome Award
Vikki MacLeod
Thunderous Calm
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Four Seasons
Gary McIntyre
Winner Winter – Snow Tree
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Four Seasons
Simon Atkinson
Winner Autumn – Loch of the Island
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The Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year
more at slpoty

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Outdoor Photographer of the Year 2018 – the winners!

We are thrilled to bring you the winners, runners-up and other commended and selected entries …

We’re delighted to announce that Robert Birkby from the UK is the Outdoor Photographer of the Year 2018, for his stunning photograph of a herd of hardy sheep hunkering down in a snowstorm in the South Pennines region of England.
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Small World – Runner up
Jay Birmingham
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Wildlife Insight – Winner
Salvador Colvée Nebot
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Under Exposed – Winner
Greg Lecoeur
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View from Above – Winner
Tom Putt
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Outdoor Photographer of the Year 2018 – the winners!
more at opoty.co.uk

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The Beauty of Plants

Achieving great images of plants and beautiful flowers requires skill, passion and commitment. This category celebrates the ephemeral beauty of the plant – from seed to compost. Plant portraiture is all about capturing the very essence, or character, of a plant. This could be a rambling rose, a humble bluebell, an exotic tree peony or the delicate flower head of a grass. A single bloom in isolation can be admired for its uniqueness or beautiful flowers celebrated for their form and colour.

Lotus Tango by Kathleen Furey
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Artichoke by Marjoleine Brons
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Psychedelic Mushroom by Jackie Kramer
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The Couple by Henrik Spranz
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The Beauty of Plants
more at International Garden Photographer of the Year