The magic of macro photography is that it gives us a view of the world that we never normally see. The intricacies and beauty of a butterfly wing or the alien-like features of a spider all come alive when viewed in close-up. Natural subjects are often the go-to for the macro photographer, with good reason, but the medium offers such huge scope for creativity, you can look almost anywhere and at anything for inspiration. Good technique is crucial in this round, and it’s vital to get the focusing spot on, because a millimetre can make the difference between a shot that’s rejected and a winner.
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 2022, supplied by sponsors, MPB, plus the title of Amateur Photographer of the Year 2022. Click the 'Prize details' tab for more information.
The winner of each round in APOY 2022 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 2022, will win a £1,000 (GBP) voucher from MPB, and will be crowned Amateur Photographer of the Year 2021.
A £1000 (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.