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Slideshow: IGPOTY Macro Art Photo Contest Winners

Slideshow: IGPOTY Macro Art Photo Contest Winners


IGPOTY Macro Art Photo Contest Winners

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International Garden photographer of the Year (IGPOTY) has announced the winning images and finalists of the 13th Macro Art Photo Project, one of IGPOTY’s four annual projects, which serve as smaller standalone competitions for more niche genres.

This year’s winning photograph comes from photographer Lizzy Petereit with her image, ‘Panta Rhei.’ In addition to her winning photograph, we’ve rounded up the 2nd place, 3rd place, the finalists and the ‘highly commended’ entries shared by IGPOTY. In addition to each image, we’ve shared the photographer, location, the story behind the shot and the gear used to capture/process the image.

You can see a full collection of images from the Macro Art Photo Project on IGPOTY’s website.

IGPOTY Macro Art Photo Contest Winners Professional Winner

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Panta Rhei 1st Place

Photographer: Lizzy Petereit (Bremen, Germany)

Story: Everything flows, the wonderful Anemone flowers from my garden are apparently in motion – they constantly change their shape and structure.

Gear: Sony α65V, Sigma 105mm lens, 1/5sec at f/8, ISO 100. Tripod. Post-capture: altered background – used my own swirl bokeh texture, soften, contrast, basic image management.

IGPOTY Macro Art Photo Contest Winners Grand Prize Winner

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Big Nose — 2nd Place

Photographer: Richard Kubica (Myjava, Trenčín, Slovakia)

Story: This tiny snout beetle is actually a ‘true’ weevil of the family Curculionidae. I located it at about 6am in the morning in Myjava when I shot in manual mode to gain three separate images. My intention was to focus stack them to improve depth of field and sharpness.

Gear: Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Canon MP-E 65mm macro lens, 1/80sec at f/8, ISO 125. Canon Speedlite 430EX II flash, homemade diffusor. Post-capture: focus stacked three images, contrast, basic image management.

IGPOTY Macro Art Photo Contest Winners Amateur Winner

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Vitrail — 3rd Place

Photographer: Petar Sabol (Goričan, Croatia)

Story: This Orthetrum coerulescens (Keeled skimmer) female dragonfly was at rest by a pond. I was amazed by the beautiful, detailed wings of this dragonfly, especially with the translucent part of the wings as they glowed like panels of stained glass.

Gear: Sony α7R III, Sigma 180mm lens, 1/25sec at f/11, ISO 400. Tripod. Post-capture: focus stacked several images, basic RAW image management.

IGPOTY Macro Art Photo Contest Winners Youth Winner

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Glammourpillar — Finalist

Photographer: Henrik Spranz (Grosseto, Italy)

Story: A caterpillar of a swallowtail butterfly in the early morning. This photo is a part of a series where I’ve put insects like butterflies, caterpillars and mantids on a glamorous stage using accessories giving a special bokeh. All achieved in-camera without digital manipulation.

Gear: Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Sigma 180mm macro lens, 1/400sec at f/3.2, ISO 800. Berlebach wooden tripod. Post-capture: contrast, crop, basic image management.

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Cold Morning Tips — Finalist

Photographer: Petar Sabol (Goričan, Croatia)

Story: On a cold, early morning in March, a pair of Anthocharis cardamines (orange-tip) butterflies await the sun’s rays. Upon closer inspection frost covered grass is revealed, which disappeared just as the sun came up.

Gear: Sony α7R III, Sigma 180mm lens, 1/200sec at f/3.5, ISO 125. Tripod. Post-capture: basic RAW image management.

IGPOTY Macro Art Photo Contest Winners Fisher Prize Winner

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Lotus Lamps — Finalist

Photographer: Lotte Grønkjær (Indoor Studio, Denmark)

Story: An intimate portrait of two lotus seedheads (Nelumbo sp.), they fascinated me intensely with their special shape and form. The seeds are used in Asian cuisine and traditional medicine.

Gear: Nikon D750, Nikon 105mm lens, 1/4sec at f/22, ISO 200. Tripod. Post-capture: basic image management.

IGPOTY Macro Art Photo Contest Winners Amateur Honorable Mention

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Blue Eyes, Green Eyes — Finalist

Photographer: Minghui Yuan (East Lake, Wuhan, China)

Story: A blue-eyed dragonfly rests on a small lotus head. The lotus leaf in front obscures the chaotic environment below. I took a low position and shot with a large aperture. Both the blue eyes of the dragonfly and the ‘eyes’ of the lotus are united in their gaze.

Gear: Nikon D500, Nikon 85mm macro lens, 1/640sec at f/4.5, ISO 500. Post-capture: slightly improved contrast.

IGPOTY Macro Art Photo Contest Winners Professional Honorable Mention

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Sunset Serenity — Highly Commended

Photographer: Henrik Spranz (Pazin, Croatia)

Story: A twin-spot fritillary butterfly (Brenthis hecate) in the fading light of a Croatian sunset.

Gear: Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Sigma 180mm macro lens, 1/6sec at f/3.2, ISO 400. Berlebach wooden tripod. Post-capture: contrast, crop, basic image management.

IGPOTY Macro Art Photo Contest Winners Youth Honorable Mention

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The Banded Demoiselles — Highly Commended

Photographer: Tony North (Reddish Vale Country Park, Stockport, England, United Kingdom)

Story: Male and female banded demoiselle dragonflies on a sorrel plant. The contrasting blue and greens of the two sexes makes a wonderful colour harmony, matched by the symmetry of their poses.

Gear: Nikon D500, Nikon 105mm lens + Teleconverter TC-14E, 1/80sec at f/10, ISO 640. Post-capture: removed tiny segments of the plant, crop, basic image management.

IGPOTY Macro Art Photo Contest Winners Plants For Birds Honorable Mention

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Shower Fly — Highly Commended

Photographer: Richard Kubica (Myjava, Trenčín, Slovakia)

Story: At about 5am in the morning in Myjava, I spotted this common housefly (Musca domestica). I wanted to gain maximum sharpness and clarity of every water drop, so I shot three separate images – with the intention to focus stack them.

Gear: Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Canon MP-E 65mm macro lens, 1/80sec at f/8, ISO 125. Canon Speedlite 430EX II flash, homemade diffusor. Post-capture: focus stacked three images, contrast, basic image management.

Honorable Mention

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Deutzia & Clematis — Highly Commended

Photographer: Steve Lowry (Portstewart, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom)

Story: Polarised light microscopy photograph of Deutzia stellate leaf hairs and a cross-section of a Clematis stem.

Gear: Nikon D200 + Olympus BX45 microscope, objective lens, 1/10sec, ISO 100. Post-capture: merged images and manipulated using Adobe Photoshop, crop, basic image management.

Honorable Mention

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Cockchafer — Highly Commended

Photographer: Alan Price (Criccieth, Gwynedd, Wales, United Kingdom)

Story: Head study of Melolontha melolontha (cockchafer beetle); relatively large and belonging to the scarab family. The name cockchafer means ‘big beetle’ in Old English.

Gear: Nikon D7100, 18-55mm lens + 10x macro filter, 1/60sec at f/11, ISO 320. Tripod, flash. Post-capture: contrast, basic image management.



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