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Close-up Photographer of the Year

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Call to photographers for close-up, macro and micro pictures.

The search is on to find the second winner of Close-up Photographer of the Year, in association with Affinity Photo. Photographers will have until May 17th, 2020 to enter the competition with their best close-up, macro and micro photographs, and have a chance of winning a cash prize of £2,500.
Who can enter?
The competition is open to photographers from any country, using any type of camera, phone or microscope to take pictures.

A prize fund worth £5,000 will be shared between the overall winner and six category winners.
Overall winner:
• £2,500 cash prize
• Close-up Photographer of the Year trophy and title
• Digital certificate and badge
• Global media coverage
Category winner:
• £300 cash prize
• Digital certificate and badge
• Global media coverage
Young Close-up Photographer of the Year (U18):
• 2x SIGMA lenses
• Young Close-up Photographer of the Year trophy and title
• Digital certificate and badge
• Global media coverage
• Featured in The Top 100 showcase
• Digital certificate and badge
• Global media coverage
• Featured in the Shortlist galleries
• Digital certificate and badge
• Global media coverage
All entrants receive these voucher codes (subject to availability):
• 50% off Affinity Photo editing software for Mac or PC
• £100 off Greenwings Wildlife Holidays
• Up to 20% off Zerene Stacker focus-stacking software
• £10 off equipment at when you spend over £100
We also offer feedback on your pictures, on request, after the judging is complete.
Co-founder Tracy Calder, who has 20 years of experience in the photography magazine industry working for titles such as Outdoor PhotographyAmateur Photographer, and B+W Photography, will ensure global coverage of the shortlisted and winning images. 

Insects – A new category for this year allows insects to take centre stage, revealing the huge diversity of these six-legged creatures.
Animals — For any animal apart from insects, including birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, molluscs, arachnids and mammals.
Plants & fungi — Plants, fungi and lichen photographed in detail or captured up-close within their habitat.
Intimate landscape — Focusing on natural but non-living things such as stone, sand, water, ice, fire, smoke, light and reflections. Capture the great outdoors in close-up.
Manmade World — Objects and materials conceived or created by humans such as everyday items, machinery and architecture, as well as studio work involving drop art or bubbles.
Micro — Pictures on any subject captured with any type of microscope.
Young CUPOTY — Open to photographers aged 17 or under, with no restrictions on subject matter – if it’s close it counts!

Put your work before our judging panel of expert photographers and editorial influencers. Who knows where that could lead? Matt Doogue joins the judging panel this year to sit alongside other award-winning photographers David Maitland, Sue Bishop, Ross Hoddinott, and Robert Thompson, as well as editors Keith Wilson and Tracy Calder.
Copyright and usage
Photographers retain full copyright.
Winning and shortlisted images may be used by Close-up Photographer of the Year and the competition's sponsors for the marketing and promotion of the competition only, and for a maximum of three years after the shortlist is announced.
The first winner of Close-up Photographer of the Year was Italian television presenter Emanuele Biggi with his picture of a Peringuey’s adder. It was judged to be the best from over 3,000 entries from 42 countries. All of the winning and shortlisted entries can be seen at
For more information about this opportunity for photographers, please visit the Event Website.


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