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Matteo Senesi

Extreme Close-up

Part of Luminar Bug Photography Awards 2020

Open Judging Results

This category celebrates macro images – those that highlight the astonishing details otherwise hidden to the naked human eye.

They can be shots of any kind of bug or related subject. And as an image can be entered into multiple Bug Awards categories, macro bug images can be entered into this category as well as their corresponding species category.

Please click on the 'Brief in detail tab' for a full technical definition of macro photography.


There are £23,000 worth of prizes to win in the Luminar Bug Photography Awards 2020, provided by Luminar, Buglife, Photocrowd, Alter, Fstoppers, CanvasPeople and MPB including a £2,500 (GBP) cash prize for the overall winner.

The brief in detail

The classical definition of macro photography is an image where the subject appears as lifesize or larger on a full frame digital chip or 35mm photographic film (ie a minimum 1:1 ‘reproduction ratio’). With the smaller format digital chips in many cameras nowadays, the subject can actually be smaller than lifesize to qualify for this definition. For example with a micro four-thirds chip the subject must only be 50% life-size or larger.

Use this definition as a minimum criteria for entering this category, but there is no limit to how macro you can go. That said, this category is not just a competition to see who can shoot at the greatest reproduction ratio. The judges will still be looking for interesting subjects, good composition, and technical quality, amongst other things.

Prize details

Overall winner:

  • The title ‘Bug Photographer of the Year 2020’
  • £2,500 (GBP) cash prize
  • Luminar ‘Max’ bundle worth $262 (USD)
  • Fstoppers 'Mastering Macro Photography' video series worth $300 (USD)
  • 1 x Alter RFS (Rapid Filter System) of RFS+ valued up to $89 (USD)
  • 3 years of Photocrowd ‘Master’ subscription worth £270 (GBP)
  • CanvasPeople voucher worth £75 (GBP)
  • 1 year of ‘Household’ membership to Buglife worth £54 (GBP)

Category winners:

  • £250 (GBP) cash prize
  • Luminar ‘Max’ bundle worth $262 (USD)
  • 1 year of Photocrowd ‘Master’ subscription worth £90 (GBP)
  • 1 year of Buglife membership worth £36 (GBP)
  • 5 copies of the Awards Calendar, featuring your winning image
  • 1 x Alter RFS (Rapid Filter System) of RFS+ valued up to $89 (USD)
  • CanvasPeople voucher worth £35 (GBP)
  • 2nd & 3rd place in all categories win a Luminar ‘Plus’ bundle worth $162 (USD)
  • 2nd & 3rd place in all categories win a Photocrowd ‘Challenger’ subscription worth £30 (GBP)

Shortlisted photographers:

  • A total of 20 images in each category will be shortlisted and featured in an exclusive online gallery
  • All shortlisted photographers will receive a one year membership to Buglife (£36 each)
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 close
7 September 2020

7 September 2020 to 21 October 2020

Expert judge shortlist announced
21 October 2020

Expert judge winners announced
21 October 2020

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