Close-up photography allows us to explore elements of nature that might otherwise remain hidden from the naked eye. Subjects such as plants can provide a beautiful canvas of colour, shape and texture, and getting in close can reveal how seemingly disparate elements function together to form a cohesive whole. But we don’t just want you to focus on plants – we also want to see your close-up images of insects, shells, feathers, food, jewellery or anything else you care to scrutinise. When shooting a close-up picture, select your point of focus carefully and bear in mind that depth of field will be very limited, so take your time and use a tripod or beanbag where possible.
Over £10,000 of prizes, courtesy of Sigma and Amateur Photographer magazine, plus individual category winners’ prizes
The panel's chosen winner will take home a SIGMA 150mm F2.8 DG OS HSM (£999.99).
The crowd vote winner of each round wins a one-year digital subscription to Amateur Photographer magazine and a year-long Master subscription to Photocrowd.
The Overall Winner of APOY 2018, decided after all 8 rounds have finished, wins the title ‘Amateur Photographer of the Year 2018’, and Sigma kit worth more than £2,000, (SIGMA 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM Art + SIGMA 50-100mm F1.8 DC HSM Art + SIGMA USB Dock (£2,039.97)
All contest winners (expert and crowd), plus selections from the expert category in each contest, will be featured in an issue of AP.
If winner is based outside EU, they will have to pay for any customs charges that may be charged.
Every photo submitted will be available for the crowd to rate once the submissions period has ended. In this contest, the entries are hidden until the rating period begins.
Some contests on Photocrowd also have a judge. After the submission period closes the judge chooses their favourite images and writes some image reviews. The crowd and judge results will be announced on the same day.
For a more detailed explanation of how rating works, see our FAQs
To keep photographers anonymous entries are hidden until rating begins.
Amateur Photographer magazine invites amateur photographers from around the world to enter its annual competition and the chance to win the title of ‘Amateur Photographer of the Year 2018’.