Getting up close and personal to your subject means you can create scenes that might otherwise be missed. A huge range of subjects can be considered for close-up photography, so you can really push your creative limits here. Plants and natural subjects will be the first port of call for many, but don’t be afraid to explore other themes that also work well – such as jewellery, shells, feathers, food and more. In short, anything you can scrutinise at close quarters is what we want to see.
Click here for the Young APOY 'Close-ups' category – free to enter for 13-21 year olds.
There are £11,000 (GBP) worth of vouchers to win in APOY 2021, supplied by sponsors, MPB, plus the title of Amateur Photographer of the Year 2021. Click the 'Prize details' tab for more information.
The winner of each round in APOY 2021 will take home a £500 (GBP) voucher from MPB. The second-placed photographer in each round will win a £100 (GBP) voucher, and third will receive a £50 (GBP) voucher.
The overall winner of APOY 2021, will win a £1,000 (GBP) voucher from MPB, and will be crowned Amateur Photographer of the Year 2021.
A £500 (GBP) voucher will be awarded to the winning UK Camera Club.
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.
To keep photographers anonymous entries are hidden until expert judging has been completed.