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Close-up Photographer of the Year (CUPOTY) 2022

The fourth Close-up Photographer of the Year (CUPOTY) competition is open for entries for 2022.

The competition is open for your best close-up, macro and micro photographs.

You could win the £2,500 cash prize and trophy, and be crowned Close-up Photographer of the Year 04. The Young CUPOTY winner will be awarded a SIGMA 105mm F2.8 DG DN Macro Art lens, USB dock and trophy.

The best pictures will be showcased in the Top 100 gallery and receive worldwide media attention.

Anyone can enter, from any country, using any type of camera, mobile phone or light microscope.

The competition includes the following categories:

  • Animals — Any animal, apart from insects, belong here including birds, reptiles, amphibians, mammals, arachnids, fish and molluscs that are not entirely submerged underwater
  • Insects — The category for most insects, including flies, bees, wasps, beetles, and bugs
  • Butterflies & Dragonflies — A category to celebrate the beauty of butterflies, moths, dragonflies and damselflies in all their life stages
  • Invertebrate Portrait — The focus should be on the creature itself, rather than behaviour
  • Underwater — Photographs of any flora, fauna or object that is in fresh or sea water, completely submerged or split-level.
  • Plants — Plants in all their forms belong here. Flower heads, plants in their habitat, moss, leaves, tree details and seeds are all possible subjects
  • Fungi — Fungi is the home for mushrooms, toadstools, slime moulds, lichen and algae (including seaweed)
  • Intimate Landscape — Capture the great outdoors in close-up
  • Manmade — For images of the things that humans make or conceive of, such as objects, the urban landscape, rust, peeling paint and chemical reactions
  • Micro — Pictures on any subject captured with a light microscope using any technique, or with a microscope objective attached to a lens

Any creative technique may be used. Black and white, tinted, HDR, square, stitched panoramic, focus stacked and multi-exposed photographs are all acceptable. Diptychs, triptychs and polyptychs will be accepted if they are submitted as a single image.

Please find further details on the official website.

Close-up Photographer of the Year (CUPOTY) 2022 – Entry Fees

The entry fees for entrants aged 18 or over on 12th June 2022 are as follows:

  • £10 – 1 image
  • £20 – Up to 6 images
  • £30 – Up to 15 images
  • £40 – Up to 30 images

The entry fee for Young CUPOTY entrants aged 17 or under on 12th June 2022 is:

  • £5 – Up to 15 images