2021 Close-up Photographer of the Year

Minghui Yuan Blue Eyes Green Eyes CUPOTY
© Minghui Yuan, Blue Eyes Green Eyes
2020 CUPOTY Finalist

The search is on to find the next winner of Close-up Photographer of the Year, in association with Affinity Photo. Photographers have until 23 May 2021 to enter the competition and be in with a chance of winning a cash prize of £2,500.

Close-up Photographer of the Year (CUPOTY) is an annual competition showcasing the best close-up, macro and micro photography from around the world.

The competition is open to all, using any type of camera, including a mobile phone, or microscope. To find out more visit our News story and visit the competition website, www.cupoty.com.

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