expert judged
28 days
Henrik Spranz

Painterly Macro Photography

In association with Rocky Nook

Open Rating Results

This contest is open to subscribers (members on the Challenger, Pro and Master subscription tiers). However if you're not a paying subscriber you can still purchase entries for £2 (GBP) per image.

Our judges Perdita and Henrik want to see natural macro subjects - insects, flowers, mushrooms etc. - but not just shown in a documentary way or magnified as large as possible. A painterly or fairytale-like impression can be accomplished through in-camera techniques, without using post-processing like filters or image manipulation. Using a wide aperture and experimenting with distances from lens-to-subject and subject-to-background, a nice bokeh blurring out everything but the subject can be achieved. A soft light, like in the early morning hours or before sunset, can contribute a lot too, and most of the time it's good to choose a very low point of view. Just a reminder: please don't use filters, retouching, composing or other image manipulations in post-processing.

We have $100 USD of Rocky Nook store credit to giveaway to our two winners!

Prize details

The expert judge's winner and the crowd's winner will both receive $50 store credit at Rocky Nook - one of the world's leading book publishers specialising in photography.

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Entries close
4 April 2018

4 April 2018 to 13 April 2018

Winners announced
13 April 2018

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