Shot on iPhone: Apple Macro Photography Competition Winners

When Apple launched iPhone 13 familyone of the features that made the Pro models stand out is the addition of a Macro mode Allowing you to take close-up photos of small subjects. Macro images have a close-up view that can turn an ordinary subject like strawberries floating in soda into something dramatic and ethereal.

To celebrate the new camera feature, Apple has held its latest iPhone photo competition revolving around macro photography. Over the past several weeks, Apple has received macro photos taken with the iPhone 13 Pro or 13 Pro Max from around the world. A jury that included a mix of Apple employees and photographers, Anand Varma, Apeksha Maker, Peter McKinnon, Paddy Chao and Yik Keat Lee, selected 10 winning photos to feature on the Apple website, Instagram page and on billboards in cities around the world.

The winning photos were taken by a surfer, graphic designer, college students, and many professional engineers and photographers. They reside in the United States, China, Hungary, India, Italy, Spain, Thailand and Argentina.

Ashley Lee is a freelance photographer based in San Francisco. Her photo, Strawberry in Soda, is one of 10 winning photos from Apple’s Shot on iPhone: Macro Photography Contest. You can see it above.

“I chose the strawberry as the theme because I loved how the bright red appears against the black background,” he told me. “The stark contrast focuses your attention on the strawberry and its bubbles, making it look as if the strawberry is floating in space.” .

Take a look at the rest of the winning macro photos below. If you feel inspired to take your own macro photos, be sure to read our story on how to take great close-up shots with your iPhone.

Portrait of Marco Coletta, The Cave.

Marco Coletta

Marco Coletta, a university student studying mechanical engineering in Italy, was photographed by The Cave. “The enveloping petal shape, highlighted by intense shadows, made me think of a deep cave, ready to explore,” said Coletta. “By keeping the viewpoint inside the flower, I wanted the natural setting of the hibiscus to make us feel part of its entire beauty.”

A drop of water on a lily leaf.

Freedom Drop by Daniel Olah.

Daniel Olah

Daniel Olah is a photographer and retoucher from Budapest. His picture is titled A Drop of Freedom. “My intention was to accentuate the small water drop compared to the lily. I used a spotlight in the studio on the lily with a dark background. I adore the flower’s shape; the lower petal helps keep the focus on the center part, accentuating not only the drop, but the stamen as well.”

A drop of water on a piece of paper.

A hidden gem of Girasac Panpiansen.

Girasac Panbeansin

Jirasak Panpiansen is a famous photographer from Thailand. His image, called Hidden Gem, is a drop of water on a leaf. “This tiny, sparkling liquid gem is so delicately set at the base of a leaf after a tropical storm, almost imperceptible to the human eye,” Panpiansen said. “However, its true brilliance shines through the iPhone’s lens – up close, it sparkles very clearly, picking up light from the emerging sun and magnifying the intricate organic geometry of the veins of the leaf beneath.”

Dew drops are caught on a spider's web.

Praguel shogul’s art in nature

Prajwal Shogol

Prajwal Shogul is a software engineer in India. Photography has been his passion since college. His photo, Art in Nature, shows dew drops on a spider’s web. The “golden hour” brings the best of nature and delights the photographer. I was caught by drops of dew on a spider’s web, and I was fascinated by the way the dry spider silk formed a necklace in which the dew sparkled like pearls. Like a piece of art on the canvas of nature,” Shugol said.

Macro image of colored sea glass.

Sea glass by Guido Cassanelli

Guido Casanelli

Guido Casanelli is a photographer and surfer based in Argentina. Take the photo with the title Sea Glass. “I was walking on the beach enjoying the beautiful sunset, and I decided to put together some of these little pieces of sea glass to give a macro photo on the iPhone 13 Pro Max “Try it,” Cassanelli said. It seems that something strange is going on inside the person placed in the center – it looks like amber. I really like that texture.”

Paper veins.

Illuminating Leaves by Trevor Collins.

Trevor Collins

Trevor Collins is a graphic designer from Boston who took the photo titled Leaf Illumination. “This was the case during the sliver of the golden hour when the sun was shining directly in my window, illuminating all the minute cells in every leaf. The pictured sheet of fiddle-leaf figs lay on my desk, where I get to see it all day,” Collins said.

Detailed shot of sunflower seeds.

Lava of Apic Mondal.

Epic Mondel

Abek Mondal is a computer engineer in New Jersey. His image, lava, is of a sunflower. “One day, during a regular evening walk, I went to a grocery store, where I noticed a bouquet of flowers. This sunflower caught my attention with its intricate detailing, including having contrasting colors from the center toward the edge of the petals. I immediately decided to take the bouquet home and capture its beauty.” .

Snowflakes in a dog's fur.

Honeycomb by Tom Reeves.

Tom Reeves

Tom Reeves is a graduate student studying Information Sciences in New York. His picture, a honeycomb, shows his dog. “This photo was taken along the edge of Riverside Park in Manhattan during a morning walk with our pup this winter. As she marveled at the first snowfall, I was able to capture the ephemeral meshwork of this little snowflake as it tumbled among the strands,” Reeves said.

Close-up of lavender petals.

Hojisan The Final Bloom.

Hojisan

Hojisan is a professional photographer based in Chongqing, China. His picture, The Final Bloom, is a lavender flower. “The photo was taken when my 3-year-old son spotted lavender in the house. Then I appreciated the flower together with my son and took out my iPhone to try to capture the moment the sun kissed the flower, resulting in a perfect shade on the petals,” Hogisan said. .


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