photo awards

Up close and personal

Part of Amateur Photographer of the Year 2020

Open Rating Results

Macro photography is one of the most popular genres of photography – and with good reason. Getting close-up allows us to explore elements of a scene that might otherwise be missed by the naked eye. There’s a whole world of different subjects that you could tackle for this challenge. Plants and natural subjects are the obvious first choice for many, providing a beautiful canvas of colour, shape and texture that function together to form a cohesive whole. But don’t forget to look elsewhere too – we want to see your imagination go wild. Jewellery, insects, shells, feathers, food – in fact anything you care to scrutinise at close quarters are all fair game.

£1,000 of SIGMA prizes, plus subscriptions to Amateur Photographer magazine to be won.

Prize details

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 1 year master-level subscription to Photocrowd.

The overall winner of APOY 2020 will receive £2,000-worth of prizes of their choice from SIGMA.

  • prize values based on Sigma’s own RRP (as opposed to any dealer prices that might be discounted).
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
22 May 2020

22 May 2020 to 5 June 2020

Winners announced
5 June 2020

For a more detailed explanation of how rating works, see our FAQs

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