Macro Photography

January 9, 2023

Eye-Opening Winners of the Close-up Photographer of the Year Contest

Canadian photographer Samantha Stephens was named Close-up Photographer of the Year 04 for her striking image of two salamanders being consumed by a carnivorous pitcher plant in Algonquin Provincial Park, Canada. Stephens' image beat out over 9,000 other entries from 54 countries to take home the title and cash prize of £2,500 (approximately $3,000).

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September 17, 2022

These Unexpectedly Fearsome Photos of Ants Will Keep You Up at Night

Most of us don't give it much thought when we see an ant going about its business. But for photographer Josh Coogler, an ant sighting is a new chance to explore the world of macro photography. And, in doing so, Coogler has discovered that these insects are much more complex than they appear from afar. His incredible macro portraits of ants are fascinating—and terrifying—at the same time.

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May 9, 2022

Ultraviolet Light Reveals Radiant Hidden Beauty of Flowers

Artist Debora Lombardi shines a light on flowers in her new photo series—literally. The Italy-based designer and photographer uses ultraviolet light to capture the unseen beauty of these plants, revealing dazzling colors and patterns that are otherwise invisible during the daytime. Lombardi began this project at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. With just a few tools and plants collected from the condominium garden, she was able to tap into a new world.

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November 6, 2021

Bioluminescent Mushrooms in Singapore Glow in the Dark Like a “Little Galaxy” of Fungi

Mushrooms are such fascinating organisms with so many fantastic qualities and uses. But did you know that they can also glow in the dark? Singapore is home to a wide variety of bioluminescent fungi. However, this naturally occurring phenomenon usually takes place seasonally, and finding a large cluster of mushrooms with bright bioluminescence is uncommon. Still, macro photographer Nicky Bay has managed to capture an entire series of photos featuring the rare glowing fungi.

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