NEW RULE: The same image, and altered versions of the same image file, can only be entered into one APOY round. Find out more.
Close-up photography allows us to explore elements of nature that might otherwise remain hidden from the naked eye. Subjects such as plants can provide a beautiful canvas of colour, shape and texture, and getting in close can reveal how seemingly disparate elements function together to form a cohesive whole. But we don’t just want you to focus on plants – we also want to see your close-up images of insects, shells, feathers, food, jewellery or anything else you care to scrutinise. When shooting a close-up picture, select your point of focus carefully and bear in mind that depth of field will be very limited, so take your time and use a tripod or beanbag where possible.
£1,000 of SIGMA prizes, plus subscriptions to Amateur Photographer magazine to be won.
Expert panel's winner: SIGMA will give the panel's winner £1,000-worth of prizes of the their choice.
Crowd winner: The community vote winner wins a one-year digital subscription to Amateur Photographer magazine, and a year-long master subscription to Photocrowd.
The overall winner of APOY 2019 will receive £2,000-worth of prizes of their choice from SIGMA.
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.
For a more detailed explanation of how rating works, see our FAQs
To keep photographers anonymous entries are hidden until expert judging has been completed.
Amateur Photographer magazine invites amateur photographers from around the world to enter its annual competition and the chance to win the title of ‘Amateur Photographer of the Year 2019’.