photo awards
expert judged only


Part of Buglife Bug Photography Awards 2021

Open Judging Results

Beetles are the largest order of insects. Ladybirds/ladybugs, stag beetles, pollen beetles, water beetles, and any member of the Coleoptera order can be entered into this category. From tiny pollen beetles to large long-horned beetles, you can distinguish a beetle by its forewings that are typically modified into hard wing cases (elytra), which cover and protect the hind wings and abdomen.

Highly magnified imagery, such as close-ups of faces and body parts, can be submitted to this category, but is more likely to excel in the 'Extreme Close-Ups’ category.


Prizes include £250 cash, subscriptions to Photocrowd and Buglife, plus more.

Prize details
  • 1st place will win £250 (GBP) cash, a 1-year Photocrowd ‘Master’ subscription worth £90 (GBP), a 1-year Buglife membership worth £36 (GBP), the ON1 Professional Plugin Bundle 2021.5, valued at $149.99 (USD), Luminar AI worth $99 (USD).

  • 2nd & 3rd place will win a 1-year Photocrowd 'Challenger' subscription worth £30 (GBP).

  • 2nd place will win ON1 Photo RAW 2021.5, valued at $99.99 (USD)

  • Shortlisted images* will be featured in an exclusive online gallery. All shortlisted photographers will receive a one year membership to Buglife (£36 each).

(*) The size of each shortlist will be determined by the quality and number of entries in each category.

How it works

This contest is expert judged only with no rating by the crowd. You will be able to find out how you did when the judging or rating period has closed.

Entries closed
5 September 2021

5 September 2021 to 11 November 2021

Expert judge shortlist announced
11 November 2021

Expert judge winners announced
25 November 2021

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