Enter your big plans for APOY 2022 Round Six!

June 18, 2022

The sixth round of our Amateur Photographer of the Year competition is now open! The theme is close-ups

The magic of macro photography is that it gives us a view of the world that we normally never see. The intricacies and beauty of a butterfly’s wing or the extraterrestrial features of a spider come to life when viewed close-up. Natural subjects are often the go-to for the macro photographer, with good reason, but the medium offers such leeway for creativity that you can look almost anywhere and at anything for inspiration. Proper technique is crucial in this round, and getting the focus point is vital, as a millimeter can mean the difference between a shot being rejected and a winning shot. Get ready to submit your close-ups!

Your guest judge for Round Six, Close-Ups

Tracy Calder

Your guest judge for round six, Close-Ups, is Tracy Calder. Tracy has over 20 years of experience in the photo magazine industry. In 2018, she co-founded Close-up Photographer of the Year, an international competition celebrating close-up, macro and micro photography. She has written numerous photography books and her work has appeared in over 20 mainstream magazines. Instagram: @cupoty, @tracy_calder_photo


Round six ends on Friday, July 15.

Henrik Spranz's photo of a female scarlet dragonfly surrounded by gorgeous color won eighth place in last year's close-up round

Henrik Spranz’s photo of a female scarlet dragonfly surrounded by gorgeous color won eighth place in last year’s close-up round

Check out some of our close-up tips here: Our best close-up photography tips

30 common macro mistakes and how to avoid them

Featured Image: Lucy Monckton fifth place close-up in Young APOY 2021

Young Amateur Photographer of the Year

For the second time, we have added a Young Photographer of the Year category to APOY, to encourage our up-and-coming snappers. Entrants must be 21 years of age or younger on the competition closing date, November 4, 2022. All categories are the same as for the main competition – just select the Young APOY option on Photocrowd when uploading your images . This category is free to enter; each category winner receives a £250 voucher and the overall winner receives a £500 voucher to spend at MPB.


Photo Club Awards

Do you belong to a photo club? You can rack up points for your company as you enter APOY, and after all ten rounds are completed whoever has the most points will earn a £500 voucher to spend at MPB. The club might want to spend it on equipment for members’ use, or even hold its own internal competition with the prize awarded to the most successful photographer. It is entirely up to the winning group to decide.

See current rankings here: APOY 2022 Ranking

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Young winner APOY 2021 Close-up Gustav Parenmark

Plan your APOY year

Below is a list of all of this year’s rounds, including when they open, close, and when the results will be announced in AP

what you earn

The winner of each round of APOY 2022 receives a £500 voucher to spend on anything at MPB. Close-up photography enthusiasts might want to opt for a Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM. This excellent lens has a true 1:1 macro magnification ratio, meaning the object you’re shooting is the same size as it is on your camera’s sensor, while its Hybrid Image Stabilization system counteracts both regular angular tremor and lateral tremor. It’s equally good for portrait and macro, and can be had for between £514 and £704 for a mint condition model.

Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 L Macro IS USM lens for close-ups

The rugged, waterproof Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro is also worth considering. Constructed with 14 elements in 11 groups, it features a quiet ultrasonic drive, as well as vibration compensation. As with the Canon lens above, it has a 1:1 magnification ratio and is also an excellent choice for portrait photography. As a third-party lens, it comes in Nikon, Canon FE and Sony A fits, all three available from MPB, which range in price from £94 to £189, depending on condition.

Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro lens for close-ups

The first full-frame camera in the Z series to offer dual card slots, the Nikon Z 5 boasts very good build quality and follows in the footsteps of the Z 6 and Z 7 with excellent handling. It has a 24.3 megapixel CMOS sensor and an ISO range of 100-51,200. When reviewed in AP, it was described as “a remarkably capable and reliable full-frame camera “. It can be purchased from MPB for £1,099 in like new condition.

nikon z5 for close ups

There are also vouchers for second and third place in each round, of £100 and £50 respectively, while the winner of the Youth category wins a voucher of £250.

Visit www.mpb.com to choose from thousands of used items.

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More information on the Amateur Photographer of the Year can be found here: Amateur Photographer of the Year 2022

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