Picture of salamanders consumed by carnivorous plant wins 2022 Close-Up Photographer of the Year

Jan 6, 2023

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

Picture of salamanders consumed by carnivorous plant wins 2022 Close-Up Photographer of the Year

Jan 6, 2023

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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Close-up Photographer of the Year 2022

Close-Up Photographer of the Year (CUPOTY) is one of those contests I always look forward to. To start off the new year with lots of inspiring images, the competition has shared its winners and runner-ups, and they’re absolutely stunning.

Canadian photographer Samantha Stephens is the overall winner of this year’s contest, and her striking image shows something you don’t see every day: a pair of salamanders being consumed by a carnivorous pitcher plant. As always, there are plenty more of great photos among the category winners, so let’s dive in and check them out.

Samantha took her winning photo in Algonquin Provincial Park, Canada. Other than the overall win, it also brought her first place in the Animals category. And the competition was tough: the fourth annual contest attracted more than 9,000 entries from 54 countries.

“Northern Pitcher Plants normally feast on moths and flies,” Samantha explains, “but researchers at the Algonquin Wildlife Research Station recently discovered a surprising new item on the plant’s menu: juvenile Spotted Salamanders.”

“While following researchers on their daily surveys I saw a pitcher with two salamanders floating at the surface of the pitcher’s fluid, both at the same stage of decay. I knew it was a special and fleeting moment. The next day, both salamanders had sunk to the bottom of the pitcher.”

Samantha will be awarded a £2,500 (~US$3,000) cash prize and the Close-Up Photographer of the Year trophy. She also sees her work displayed to a global audience in the Top 100 online gallery on CUPOTY’s website.

Close-Up Photographer of the Year recognizes winners in 11 different categories. Take a look at all of them below, and make sure to visit CUPOTY’s website for more images and more information.

Animals

Close-up Photographer of the Year 2022
© Samantha Stephens| cupoty.com; 1st place
Close-up Photographer of the Year 2022
© Juan Ahumada| cupoty.com; 2nd place
Close-up Photographer of the Year 2022
© Paul Lennart Schmid | cupoty.com; 3rd place

Insects

Close-up Photographer of the Year 2022
© Anirban Dutta | cupoty.com; 1st place
Close-up Photographer of the Year 2022
© Bernard Van Elegem | cupoty.com; 2nd place
Close-up Photographer of the Year 2022
© Minghui Yuan | cupoty.com; 3rd place

Plants

Close-up Photographer of the Year 2022
© Sebastien Blomme | cupoty.com; 1st place
Close-up Photographer of the Year 2022
© Jay Birmingham | cupoty.com; 2nd place
Close-up Photographer of the Year 2022
© Henrik Spranz | cupoty.com; 3rd place

Fungi

Close-up Photographer of the Year 2022
© Barry Webb | cupoty.com; 1st place
Close-up Photographer of the Year 2022
© Jeremy Lintott | cupoty.com; 2nd place
Close-up Photographer of the Year 2022
© Andy Sands | cupoty.com; 3rd place

Intimate Landscape

Close-up Photographer of the Year 2022
© Mike Curry | cupoty.com; 1st place
Close-up Photographer of the Year 2022
© Klaus Axelsen | cupoty.com; 2nd place
Close-up Photographer of the Year 2022
© Angelo Richardson | cupoty.com; 3rd place

Underwater

Close-up Photographer of the Year 2022
© Viktor Lyagushkin | cupoty.com; 1st place
Close-up Photographer of the Year 2022
© Kate Jonker | cupoty.com; 2nd place
Close-up Photographer of the Year 2022
© Pietro Cremone | cupoty.com; 3rd place

Butterflies & Insects

Close-up Photographer of the Year 2022
© Wim Vooijs | cupoty.com; 1st place
Close-up Photographer of the Year 2022
© Uday Hegde | cupoty.com; 2nd place
Close-up Photographer of the Year 2022
© Kai Rosler | cupoty.com; 3rd place

Invertebrate Portrait

Close-up Photographer of the Year 2022
© Jamie Hall | cupoty.com; 1st place
Close-up Photographer of the Year 2022
© Ben Revell | cupoty.com; 2nd place
Close-up Photographer of the Year 2022
© Alex Pansier | cupoty.com; 3rd place

Manmade

Close-up Photographer of the Year 2022
© Matt Vacca | cupoty.com; 1st place
Close-up Photographer of the Year 2022
© Nigel Halliwell | cupoty.com; 2nd place
Close-up Photographer of the Year 2022
© Paul Gravett | cupoty.com; 3rd place

Micro (images created using a microscope)

Close-up Photographer of the Year 2022
© Marek Mis | cupoty.com; 1st place
Close-up Photographer of the Year 2022
© Jan Martinek | cupoty.com; 2nd place
Close-up Photographer of the Year 2022
© Harald Cederlund | cupoty.com; 3rd place

Young Close-up Photographer of the Year (entrants aged 17 or under)

Close-up Photographer of the Year 2022
© Nathan Benstead | cupoty.com; 1st place
Close-up Photographer of the Year 2022
© Nathan-Benstead | cupoty.com; 2nd place
Close-up Photographer of the Year 2022
© Anton Trexler | cupoty.com; 3rd place

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Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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