The breathtaking winners of the 2020 Macro Art Photo Awards offer a surreal assortment of images. Whether it’s a close-up of tree bark designed to look like a drone landscape photograph, or glimpses of playful tree frogs, this macro photography contest is an annual highlight for fans of small. enlarged things.
The Macro Art Photo Awards are part of the International Garden Photographer of the Year competition, an annual global search for the best photographs of gardens, plants, flowers and botany. The main competition is still open for entries, but there are several smaller annual sub-competitions, including the Black And White, Still Life, and Macro Awards.
âMacro photography requires not only precise technique, but a very creative perspective that broadens the way you approach subjects,â suggest the competition guidelines. “It’s also a chance to get artistic, daring, shiny and really create your own style.”
This year’s first prize went to Brazilian photographer Bruno Militelli. Title Botanical loop, Militelli’s winning shot focused on the incredible spiral-shaped, thread-like structure of passion fruit. The beautiful image captures almost artificial precision in this awe-inspiring natural feature.
Other highlights on the list of winners and finalists include a pair of surreal photographs by Australian photographer Peter Pullan. At first glance, the two photographs by Pullan look like abstract images of aerial landscapes. However, it turns out that these images are actually macro views of eucalyptus bark.
Minghui Yuan’s perspective on a small tree frog presents an impeccably timed snapshot of this amphibian through a hole in a leaf.
âI found this South Chinese tree toad resting on the foliage of forest plants,â Yuan explains. âI looked from below through the holes in the leaves, and focused on the head of the amphibian, which was looking into the surrounding environment. It is as if nature offered me a window at this precise moment, so that I could see into the world of the frog.
Take a look through our gallery for more highlights from this year’s strong competition. Plus, find the 2019 winners here and the 2018 winners here.