CUPOTY 02
open for Entries

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About CUPOTY


Close-up Photographer of the Year (CUPOTY) is a celebration of close-up, macro and micro photography – an annual competition created to showcase images that help us see the world anew.

 
 
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Open to all

Anyone can enter, from any country, using any type of camera.

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6 Categories

Enter up to 30 pictures across any of the 5 adult categories and up to 15 images in Young CUPOTY. 

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Win prizes

A prize fund worth over £4,000 is shared between the overall winner and six category winners.

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The Top 100

Showcasing the competition’s very best pictures in our interactive online exhibition.

 

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Why enter Close-up Photographer of the Year?

 
 
  • Win prizes – Be named Close-up Photographer of the Year and win a trophy, £2,500 worth of cash and SIGMA equipment. The overall winner receives £1,300 in cash, along with a SIGMA 70mm MACRO Art lens and sd Quattro camera.

  • Be challenged – Can you make The Top 100 and get featured in our interactive online exhibition of the very best images?

  • Receive feedback – Request a free written appraisal of the photographs you enter to help improve your work and your chances in future competitions.

  • Gain publicity – Benefit from worldwide coverage of you and your pictures across a variety of media including print, web and social media channels.

  • Certificate and badge awards – Everyone who makes the shortlist receives a digital badge, and everyone who makes The Top 100 receives a digital badge and certificate.

  • Peer recognition – Put your work before our judging panel of expert photographers and editorial influencers. Who knows where that could lead?

  • Develop the field – Help close-up, macro and micro photography take centre stage and progress the field as a whole.

  • Be part of a friendly community – Join a supportive community of photographers who are equally passionate about the world up close.

 
 
 

Closing date

 
 

 
 

Wednesday 19th February 2020
23:59 (GMT)

Register your entry before the deadline and send your images to us within 7 days after closing.

 
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Categories

 

 
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ANIMALS

From details of birds and mammals to macro shots of invertebrates and small creatures.


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PLANTS & FUNGI

Plants, fungi and lichen photographed in detail or captured up-close within the habitat.


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INTIMATE LANDSCAPE

Natural, non-living objects and substances such as stone, sand, water, ice and fossils.


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MANMADE

Objects and materials conceived or created by humans such as machinery, architecture or everyday items.


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MICRO

Pictures on any subject captured with a light or electron microscope using any technique.


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YOUNG CUPOTY

Open to photographers aged 17 or under, with no restrictions on subject matter.


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Prizes

 

 

£1000 +
SIGMA Art Lens +
SIGMA camera

Overall winner
x1

£300

Category winner
x5

Sigma Art Lens

Young CUPOTY winner
x1

 

Entry fees

 

 

£10

1 Picture
One category

£20

5 Pictures
Across all five categories

£30

15 Pictures
Across all five categories

£40

30 Pictures
Across all five categories

£5

15 Pictures
Young CUPOTY

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Judges

 
 
 
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Ross Hoddinott

Natural history and landscape photographer Ross Hoddinott has been entering, and winning, photography competitions since he was 10 years old, so he should know an award-winning picture when he sees one. Ross is a close-up specialist focusing on insects and wild plants, and has written numerous books on the subject. He also runs landscape photography workshops via Dawn 2 Dusk Photography.

www.rosshoddinott.co.uk

 
 
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Sue Bishop

Sue Bishop specialises in flower photography. Her aim is to create an image that goes beyond a mere record of its subject and draws the viewer into the nature of the bloom. Sue has written two books on the subject: Photographing Flowers and Digital Flower Photography. She is a lecturer, workshop leader, and co-founder of Light & Land, a company that organises photographic holidays.

www.suebishop.co.uk

 
 
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David Maitland

With a PhD in Zoology, nature photographer Dr David Maitland combines art and academic research to produce stunning macro and super-macro images. David has been a full-time photographer since 2006, and won European Wildlife Photographer of the Year just two years later. He loves to capture intricate details of the creatures he encounters, and to celebrate the beauty and wonder of nature.

www.davidmaitland.com

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Robert Thompson

One of Ireland’s foremost nature photographers, Robert Thompson is an acclaimed specialist in close-up and macro photography, and an active conservationist. He has a particular interest in dragonflies, butterflies and moths, and has worked on many high-profile natural history recording projects around the UK. He is a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society and the Irish Photographic Federation, and a frequent contributor to the photographic press.

www.robertthompsonphotography.com

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Keith Wilson

Award-winning editor and photojournalist Keith Wilson has more than 30 years of experience in the publishing industry. Keith spent nine years as editor of Amateur Photographer, before launching Outdoor Photography, B+W Photography, and Wild Planet Photo magazines. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a sought after editor of fine-art photography books, specialising in wildlife, landscape and the environment.
Picture credit: © Martin Hartley

www.keithwilsonmedia.com

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Tracy Calder

Editor and writer Tracy Calder is a cofounder of CUPOTY. She has worked on the editorial team of seven photography books, and wrote the expanded guide to Macro & Close-up Photography (which was translated into Chinese and French) as Tracy Hallett. Her work has been featured in more than 30 consumer magazines, and exhibited at The Photographers’ Gallery and The National Portrait Gallery in London.

 

Directory

We’re proud to introduce our selected partners who will help take your adventures in close-up, macro and micro photography to a whole new level.

Click on any of the pictures below to find out more.

 
Zerene Stacker   Zerene Stacker is “focus stacking” software designed specifically for challenging macro subjects and discerning photographers. Download your free 30-day trial.   From $89

Zerene Stacker

Zerene Stacker is “focus stacking” software designed specifically for challenging macro subjects and discerning photographers. Download your free 30-day trial.

From $89

Greenwings tour of Sri Lanka   A leisurely two-week tour of Sri Lanka to find and photograph up to 80 of its beautiful 124 dragonfly species. Led by a local expert guide. Dates: 1 – 15 May 2020.   £1,195

Greenwings tour of Sri Lanka

A leisurely two-week tour of Sri Lanka to find and photograph up to 80 of its beautiful 124 dragonfly species. Led by a local expert guide. Dates: 1 – 15 May 2020.

£1,195

Manfrotto Lumimuse   Beautiful, powerful and supremely portable LEDs for lighting your photos and videos.   From £45.95

Manfrotto Lumimuse

Beautiful, powerful and supremely portable LEDs for lighting your photos and videos.

From £45.95

 

 
NiSi Close-up Lens Kit   NiSi has been making filters for photographers and filmmakers for more than a decade. This close-up kit transforms a zoom lens into a macro for under £100.   £99

NiSi Close-up Lens Kit

NiSi has been making filters for photographers and filmmakers for more than a decade. This close-up kit transforms a zoom lens into a macro for under £100.

£99

Adaptalux Studio Starter Pack   A perfect creative photography lighting solution for macro photography. This starter pack allows you to capture fantastic images with a creative twist at a great price.   From £212.39

Adaptalux Studio Starter Pack

A perfect creative photography lighting solution for macro photography. This starter pack allows you to capture fantastic images with a creative twist at a great price.

From £212.39

Helicon Focus   Take several shots at different focus distances instead of just one, and Helicon Focus will quickly and smartly combine the stack into a fully focused image. Essential software for macro and micro photographers.   From $30/year

Helicon Focus

Take several shots at different focus distances instead of just one, and Helicon Focus will quickly and smartly combine the stack into a fully focused image. Essential software for macro and micro photographers.

From $30/year

Photoboards   Choose from over 30 designs to get amazingly realistic backgrounds for your studio setups or backdrops out in the field. Available in 40x40cm or 60x60cm.   From £18

Photoboards

Choose from over 30 designs to get amazingly realistic backgrounds for your studio setups or backdrops out in the field. Available in 40x40cm or 60x60cm.

From £18


Manfrotto 190 Tripod   The 90° column system of the Manfrotto 190 tripod allows you to get parallel to the subject below and find fresh perspectives for shooting.   £299.95

Manfrotto 190 Tripod

The 90° column system of the Manfrotto 190 tripod allows you to get parallel to the subject below and find fresh perspectives for shooting.

£299.95

Butterfly Conservation   Butterfly Conservation works across the UK and internationally to record, preserve and help butterflies and moths to thrive.   Membership from £3/month

Butterfly Conservation

Butterfly Conservation works across the UK and internationally to record, preserve and help butterflies and moths to thrive.

Membership from £3/month

SIGMA 70mm F2.8 DG Macro | Art   The first macro lens in SIGMA’s high performance Art lineup, the 70mm F2.8 DG Macro Art lens offers stunning resolution, and 1:1 (life-size) reproduction.   £499

SIGMA 70mm F2.8 DG Macro | Art

The first macro lens in SIGMA’s high performance Art lineup, the 70mm F2.8 DG Macro Art lens offers stunning resolution, and 1:1 (life-size) reproduction.

£499

 
 
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