The Close-Up Photography Awards that celebrates and showcases close-up, macro, and microphotography, has just announced its winners and finalists. The overall Close-up Photographer of the Year award was won by a French photographer Galice Hoarau for his image of an eel larva, captured off the island of Lembeh, Indonesia. Other stunning winners include spiders, geckos, flowers, and other magnificent shots.

The competition comprised of seven categories—Animals, Insects, Plants and Fungi, Intimate Landscape, Manmade World, Young (for creatives under 17), and Micro (for photographs taken with a microscope).

The 100 winners were chosen from more than 6,000 entries that came from 52 countries from around the globe. Scroll down below to see the selection of the best shots and tell us what you think of them in the comment section!

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#1

Finalist | Animals

Finalist | Animals

Bernhard Schubert Report

Felix-Marie Badeau
Community Member
1 month ago

It's the Cheshire lizard!

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#2

Overall winner & Animals winner

Overall winner & Animals winner

Eel Larva

Galice Hoarau Report

Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 month ago

Wow, what an awesome photo.

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#3

Winner | Young

Winner | Young

Little Ball

KONCZ-BISZTRICZ Tamás Report

Jon S.
Community Member
1 month ago

It looks cute, whatever it is

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#4

3rd place winner | Animals

3rd place winner | Animals

Bufo Bufo

Mathieu Foulquié Report

Pseudo Puppy
Community Member
1 month ago

nope nope nope... I can deal with snakes, & spiders.... but toads... nope. Too many horror memories of watching the local kids play "toad cricket" or "toad hockey" as a kid.... nope.....

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#5

Winner | Micro

Winner | Micro

Glassworm

Andrei Savitsky Report

Perfumista Perfumista
Community Member
1 month ago

Looks like it's made from rainbow iridescent cellophane. Amazing!

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#6

3rd place winner | Young

3rd place winner | Young

Butterflies in the Light

Emelin Dupieux Report

Aria Whitaker
Community Member
1 month ago

I would love to have a print of this....

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#7

Finalist | Animals

Finalist | Animals

Juan Jesús González Ahumada Report

Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 month ago

What a gorgeous blue, wonder what the lizard is hiding in.

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#8

Finalist | Plants & Fungi

Finalist | Plants & Fungi

Victoria Hillman Report

Janine B.
Community Member
1 month ago

My favourite. Just magical.

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#9

2nd place winner | Plants & Fungi

2nd place winner | Plants & Fungi

Barry Webb Report

Jon S.
Community Member
1 month ago

Looks like dancing fungus!

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#10

Finalist | Insects

Finalist | Insects

Minghui Yuan Report

Autumn
Community Member
1 month ago

All I can see when I look at that plant is eyes. That dragonfly is riding on someone's head.

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#11

Finalist | Insects

Finalist | Insects

Petar Sabol Report

Autumn
Community Member
1 month ago

They're so pretty!!!!

#12

Finalist | Insects

Finalist | Insects

Petar Sabol Report

Daria B
Community Member
1 month ago

Looks like... speakers! ♡ ♬

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#13

Finalist | Animals

Finalist | Animals

Galice Hoarau Report

ERIN W.
Community Member
1 month ago

Forgive me is this a squid perhaps or a cuttle fish?! HELP PLEASE! SORRY! BUT I DO think this a neat shot though!

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#14

Winner | Insects

Winner | Insects

Fragile

Mike Curry Report

Krazy Kanuck
Community Member
1 month ago

I wish I knew about some of these photo contests.. Cause I have photos like this: DragonFly-...fb4935.jpg DragonFly-005-5f7d979fb4935.jpg

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#15

Finalist | Insects

Finalist | Insects

Edwin Giesbers Report

Miruna Elena Barti
Community Member
1 month ago

Were they filming Dirty Dancing?

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#16

3rd Place Winner | Plants & Fungi

3rd Place Winner | Plants & Fungi

Ballerina

Henrik Spranz Report

ERIN W.
Community Member
1 month ago

This is nice!

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#17

Finalist | Plants & Fungi

Finalist | Plants & Fungi

Alexander Mett Report

Neil Srivatsa
Community Member
1 month ago

This is cool!

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#18

Winner | Plants & Fungi

Winner | Plants & Fungi

Mandala with Miniature Tulips

Elizabeth Kazda Report

Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 month ago

Absolutely beautiful.

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#19

Finalist | Micro

Finalist | Micro

Jan Rosenboom Report

Neil Srivatsa
Community Member
1 month ago

Colorful!

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#20

2nd place winner | Intimate Landscape

2nd place winner | Intimate Landscape

The Bullet

Anna Ulmestrand Report

Jon S.
Community Member
1 month ago

A bullet in water? I'm not sure what I'm seeing, although it is aesthetically pleasing

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#21

3rd Place Winner | Insects

3rd Place Winner | Insects

The Signal

Chien Lee Report

Harry Cooper
Community Member
1 month ago

Wow WTF!!!

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#22

3rd place winner | Intimate Landscape

3rd place winner | Intimate Landscape

Ice Landscape

Edwin Giesbers Report

Melody Lanzatella
Community Member
1 month ago

Id like to see what this is a shot of! We have no frame of reference here for perspective!

#23

Finalist | Insects

Finalist | Insects

Joan Marques Faner Report

Krazy Kanuck
Community Member
1 month ago

I might be biased, but I think my Dragonfly photo, is better.. DragonFly-...64b507.jpg DragonFly-009-5f7d98864b507.jpg

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#24

Finalist | Plants & Fungi

Finalist | Plants & Fungi

Sophia Spurgin Report

ERIN W.
Community Member
1 month ago

THIS is pretty!

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#25

Finalist | Plants & Fungi

Finalist | Plants & Fungi

Ellen Woods Report

Krazy Kanuck
Community Member
1 month ago

This looks like a Hibiscus flower. My mom had a 35 yr old Hibiscus plant, that would flower every year. Now oddly, a month after my mom died, Despite me taking care of all of her plants. The Hibiscus and her Avocado plants died, the only logical explanation we can come up with (me and my sister) is mom use to sing to her plants, even when she got sick, she would still sing to them..

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#26

Finalist | Insects

Finalist | Insects

Marcus Kam Report

Melody Lanzatella
Community Member
1 month ago

This reminds me of the Alcon Blue butterfly AKA "Cuckoo" butterfly that fools ants into caring for their young because their larvae smell like ant larvae! The ant finds it on the ground and thinks its an ant beebee and takes it back to the nest and feeds it and takes care of it until it has become a butterfly, crawls out of its encasement and flies away!

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#27

2nd place winner | Animals

2nd place winner | Animals

Spider in the Swamp

Csaba Daroczi Report

StardustRainO8
Community Member
1 month ago

For a minute i thought the leaves were snakes ready to eat it. Then I looked again.

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#28

Finalist | Insects

Finalist | Insects

Johannes Klapwijk Report

Autumn
Community Member
1 month ago

I actually love this. Ot's really cool and for some reason thought provoking....

#29

Finalist | Plants & Fungi

Finalist | Plants & Fungi

Cathryn Baldock Report

Janine B.
Community Member
1 month ago

Just like out of a fairytale.

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#30

Finalist | Plants & Fungi

Finalist | Plants & Fungi

Anette Holt Report

Dippin Dot
Community Member
1 month ago

This needs more description... looks like a watercolor painting

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Note: this post originally had 100 images. It’s been shortened to the top 30 images based on user votes.

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