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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.

The 'Extreme close-up' category is sponsored by Litra – a global award-winning brand that designs and manufactures professional grade video and camera lights. They are offering prizes to the 'Extreme close-up[' winner, as well as the overall winner of the Luminar Bug Photography Awards and the winner of the 'Young Bug Photographer' category.

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
  • Gitzo Traveler Kit Series 0, 4 Sections tripod/head kit worth €754 (EUR).
  • Luminar ‘Max’ bundle worth $262 (USD)
  • Fstoppers 'Mastering Macro Photography' video series worth $300 (USD)
  • Lowepro ProTactic BP 300 AW II and GearUp Creator Box M worth €210 (EUR)
  • 1 x Radian 1; 1 x Pulse; 1 x Spark from Alpine Labs worth $393 (USD)
  • 3 years of Photocrowd ‘Master’ subscription worth £270 (GBP)
  • LitraTorch 2.0, Platypod, Goose Necks, Platypod Multi, Torch 2.0 Color Filters, Torch Barn Doors, Torch Silicone Sleeve worth, Torch Diffuser Set, Torch Soft Box Adapter, Pro Soft Box, Ball Mount – all provided by Litra.
  • CanvasPeople voucher worth £75 (GBP)
  • 1 year of ‘Household’ membership to Buglife worth £54 (GBP)

Category winners:

  • £250 (GBP) cash prize
  • The winner of the Litra-sponsored 'Extreme close-up' category will win a LitraTorch 2.0, Torch 2.0 Color Filters, Torch Barn Doors, Torch Silicone Sleeve, Torch Diffuser Set, Torch Soft Box Adapter, Pro Soft Box
  • 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
  • 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 up to 50 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 closed
7 September 2020

7 September 2020 to 16 October 2020

Expert judge shortlist announced
16 October 2020

Expert judge winners announced
20 October 2020

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