Winners of the Close up Photographer of the Year 2021 announced

Oct 21, 2021

Alex Baker

Alex Baker is a portrait and lifestyle driven photographer based in Valencia, Spain. She works on a range of projects from commercial to fine art and has had work featured in publications such as The Daily Mail, Conde Nast Traveller and El Mundo, and has exhibited work across Europe

Winners of the Close up Photographer of the Year 2021 announced

Oct 21, 2021

Alex Baker

Alex Baker is a portrait and lifestyle driven photographer based in Valencia, Spain. She works on a range of projects from commercial to fine art and has had work featured in publications such as The Daily Mail, Conde Nast Traveller and El Mundo, and has exhibited work across Europe

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Close up Photographer of the Year 2021

A collage image of dead insects found inside a light fixture has won the title of Close up Photographer of the Year 2021. The image was taken by Norwegian photographer and dentist, Pål Hermansen after finding the insects inside a defective lamp on the side of his house.

I emptied the lamp and spread the contents onto a large light-table I had left over from my slide days,’ explains Pål. ‘I wanted to express the chaos and diversity of this discovery, but also to find some kind of composition. To me, it’s a visual reminder of the important and extreme diversity of animals around us that we take for granted.”

Now in its third year, the competition had over 9000 entries across nine categories, including Animals, Insects, Plants & Fungi, Intimate Landscape, Underwater, Butterflies & Insects, Manmade, Micro (for images created using a microscope) and Young Close-up Photographer of the Year (for entrants aged 17 or under.)

The winner of the Young Close-up Photographer of the Year was awarded to 16 year old Ezra Boulton for his intimate portrait of a rat peering out of an abandoned car wheel close to his home. ‘It was framed so pleasingly by the concentric circles of the tyre that I came back the next morning with my camera in the hope of capturing the moment,’ he explains. ‘I like how the rat’s beady eyes echo the holes in the tyre.’

Close up Photographer of the Year 2021
© Ezra Boulton | cupoty.com Winner: Young Close-up Photographer of the Year 03

‘The standard was incredible. Yet again, entrants have shown that close-up photography can help us see the world anew and discover beauty in subjects that are often overlooked.’

– Tracy Calder, Co-founder of CUPOTY   

The top 100 images from the competition can be viewed on the website. Below are the top 2 images from each category.

Lead image credits: © Pål Hermansen | cupoty.com Insects and Overall Winner of Close-up Photographer of the Year 03

Insects:

Close up Photographer of the Year 2021
© Petr Bambousek | cupoty.com 2nd Place: Insects

Animals:

Close up Photographer of the Year 2021
© Juan J. González Ahumada | cupoty.com Winner: Animals
Close up Photographer of the Year 2021
© Svetlana Ivavnenko | cupoty.com 2nd Place Animals

Plants and Fungi:

Close up Photographer of the Year 2021
© Barry Webb | cupoty.com Winner: Plants & Fungi
Close up Photographer of the Year 2021
© Andy Sands | cupoty.com 2nd Place Plants & Fungi

Underwater:

Close up Photographer of the Year 2021
© Alessandro Grasso | cupoty.com Winner: Underwater
Close up Photographer of the Year 2021
© Filippo Borghi | cupoty.com 2nd Place Underwater

Butterflies and Dragonflies:

Close up Photographer of the Year 2021
© Ripan Biswas | cupoty.com Winner: Butterflies & Dragonflies
Close up Photographer of the Year 2021
© Andrew Fusek Peters | cupoty.com 2nd Place: Butterflies & Dragonflies

Intimate Landscape:

Close up Photographer of the Year 2021
© Daragh Muldowney | cupoty.com Winner: Intimate Landscape
Close up Photographer of the Year 2021
© David Southern | cupoty.com 2nd Place Intimate Landscape

Manmade:

Close up Photographer of the Year 2021
© Rachel McNulty | cupoty.com Winner: Manmade
Close up Photographer of the Year 2021
© Bruno Militelli | cupoty.com 2nd place Manmade

Micro:

Close up Photographer of the Year 2021
© Håkan Kvarnström | cupoty.com Winner: Micro
Close up Photographer of the Year 2021
© Don Komarechka | cupoty.com 2nd Place: Micro

Young:

Close up Photographer of the Year 2021
© Sudith Rodrigo | cupoty.com 2nd Place: Young

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Alex Baker

Alex Baker

Alex Baker is a portrait and lifestyle driven photographer based in Valencia, Spain. She works on a range of projects from commercial to fine art and has had work featured in publications such as The Daily Mail, Conde Nast Traveller and El Mundo, and has exhibited work across Europe

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