Seeing the world around us from up close gives us a whole new perspective of even the most everyday things. If you enjoy rediscovering your surroundings through photography, you’re gonna love this year’s winners of the Close-up Photographer of the Year (CUPOTY) contest. It celebrates close-up, macro, and micro photography, and it lets us see the world anew.
The contest is now in its second year and it has received more than 6,500 images from photographers across 52 different countries. There are six categories of competition:
- Plants & Fungi
- Intimate Landscapes
- Manmade World
In addition to these, there is also the seventh category, Young, dedicated to photographers under 17 years of age.
The flattering title of the Close-up Photographer of the Year was awarded to Galice Hoarau, a French professor in marine molecular ecology. He was also the winner of the Animals category of the contest with his image of an eel larva that he spotted during a blackwater dive in Indonesia. As for the Young Close-up Photographer of the Year, the title was awarded to 16-year-old Tamás Koncz-Bisztricz from Hungary. His winning photo shows springtail in a frosty meadow close to his home in Hungary.
The overall winner and the category winners can be viewed at www.cupoty.com. We bring you the top three photos from each category below and make sure to visit CUPOTY for more extraordinary photos of the ordinary world around us.
Plants & Fungi
[via My Modern Met]