expert judged
Ryan Morris

Small wonders

Part of Amateur Photographer of the Year 2017

Open Rating Results

Macro photography offers you the opportunity to explore the hidden elements of nature that would otherwise remain hidden from the naked eye. Subjects such as plants are a beautiful canvas of colour, shape and texture, and getting in close can reveal how all these disparate elements function together to form beautiful subjects. And flowers are, of course, an endless goldmine for photographers. We’re in the warmer months of the year now, meaning that your garden and local park are awash with beds of vivid colour.

However, we don’t just want you to focus on plants and flowers – we also want to see your macro images of the insects and arachnids that you often find buzzing and crawling around your garden and local green spaces. Insects – whether they be wasps, ladybirds, bees or beetles – make truly fascinating subjects for photography, and we often forget just how incredible (and what great photo subjects) they are.

The panel's 1st place photographer will win over £1000 of Sigma products, and the crowd's 1st place will win year-long subscriptions to Amateur Photographer magazine and Photocrowd.

The brief in detail

To qualify for entry into APOY your primary income must not be from photography or photographic services.

Prize details

The judging panel's winner will receive the Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM Macro (£649.99) + SIGMA EM-140 DG Macro Flash (£379.99). Total Prize Value: £1029.98). (If winner is based outside EU, they will have to pay for any customs charges that may be added to shipping).

The crowd-vote winner will receive a year-long subscription to Amateur Photographer magazine (worth over £100), as well as a year-long master-level subscription to Photocrowd (worth £120).

The Grand Prize winner of the entire APOY 2017 series will get their hands on over £2000 of Sigma gear: the SIGMA 85mm F1.4 DG HSM Art (£1199.99) + the SIGMA 35mm F1.4 DG HSM Art (799.99) + the SIGMA USB Dock (£39.99). Total Grand Prize value: £2,039.97.

How it works

Every photo submitted will be available for the crowd to rate once the submissions period has ended. In this contest, the entries are hidden until the rating period begins.

Some contests on Photocrowd also have a judge. After the submission period closes the judge chooses their favourite images and writes some image reviews. The crowd and judge results will be announced on the same day.

Entries closed
24 June 2017

24 June 2017 to 7 July 2017

Winners announced
7 July 2017

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