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Small wonders: The winners of the Macro Art Photography awards

Small wonders: The winners of ...
Finalist: Jumping Spider
Finalist: Jumping Spider
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Winner: Mayflies
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Winner: Mayflies
Commended: Frozen Sphagnum
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Commended: Frozen Sphagnum
Commended: Heaven
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Commended: Heaven
Commended: It’s a Small World
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Commended: It’s a Small World
Commended: Dancing Matches
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Commended: Dancing Matches
Commended: Poppy
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Commended: Poppy
Commended: Miró’s Garden
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Commended: Miró’s Garden
Highly Commended: Astrantia major
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Highly Commended: Astrantia major
Highly Commended: On Fire
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Highly Commended: On Fire
Highly Commended: Green Apple
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Highly Commended: Green Apple
Highly Commended: Photonic Bliss V
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Highly Commended: Photonic Bliss V
Highly Commended: Mother
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Highly Commended: Mother
Finalist: Jumping Spider
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Finalist: Jumping Spider
Finalist: Anemone de Caen
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Finalist: Anemone de Caen
Finalist: Common spotted orchid 
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Finalist: Common spotted orchid 
Finalist: Bodhi Leaf
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Finalist: Bodhi Leaf
Third place: Unfurling
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Third place: Unfurling
Second place: Salad Burnet Flower
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Second place: Salad Burnet Flower
Commended: Leaf Textures
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Commended: Leaf Textures
Commended: Sentinel
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Commended: Sentinel
Commended: Stand of Birch
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Commended: Stand of Birch
Commended: Winter Hydrangea 
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Commended: Winter Hydrangea 
Commended: Reseeding
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Commended: Reseeding
Commended: Poppy Seeding
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Commended: Poppy Seeding
Commended: Everlasting Flowers
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Commended: Everlasting Flowers
Highly Commended: Crocus Impressions
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Highly Commended: Crocus Impressions
Highly Commended: A Little Touch
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Highly Commended: A Little Touch
Highly Commended: Samaras
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Highly Commended: Samaras
Finalist: Arctic Poppies
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Finalist: Arctic Poppies
Finalist: The Surrealist Garden of Edward James
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Finalist: The Surrealist Garden of Edward James
Finalist: Saguaro
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Finalist: Saguaro
Finalist: Reeds
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Finalist: Reeds
Third Place: Damselfly Umbrella
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Third Place: Damselfly Umbrella
Second Place: Weeping Willow
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Second Place: Weeping Willow
Winner, Black & White: Jumping Over Karma
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Winner, Black & White: Jumping Over Karma

The winners of the Macro Art Photo Project have been revealed with first place awarded to a magnificent shot of two mayflies perched atop a poppy. The competition highlights the world of plants and gardens through the lens of macro photography.

The Macro Art Photo Project is part of the International Garden Photographer of the Year competition, an annual global search for the best in garden, plant, flower and botanical photography. Alongside the primary competition (with entries open until late October), there are three seasonal, smaller scale awards offered. This year those smaller projects include black and white, macro art and still life. The still life project will not be revealed until early September, but winners have been announced in both the other smaller categories.

Winner: Mayflies
Winner: Mayflies

Alongside Peter Sabol's beautiful winning shot, other commended entries include Richard Kubica's frightening close-up of a jumping spider, a surreal image of two leaves that resembles a pair of apples, and a vibrant close up of moss framed to look like tiny strands of fire.

Highly Commended: On Fire
Highly Commended: On Fire

The Macro Art Project follows on from the Black & White seasonal competition awarded earlier this year. That competition focused on the ways black and white photography can be used to emphasize textures, patterns and shapes in the realm of garden photography.

The International Garden Photographer of the Year is run in association with Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, United Kingdom. Entries close for the main competition on October 31st with winners announced the following February before a touring exhibition kicks off to celebrate the best photographs.

Winner, Black & White: Jumping Over Karma
Winner, Black & White: Jumping Over Karma

Take a look through the gallery to see the best of the Macro and Black & White projects.

Source: International Garden Photographer of the Year

2 comments
Nik
Stunning!
ljaques
I wonder if that leading spider was Lucas' origin... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0bvJhm5kIJg