Macro Photography

June 17, 2024

Captivating Iris Photography Captures the Unique Galaxies Within Each of Our Eyes

We see the world through our eyes, but it turns out there's a whole world to see within our eyes. Photographers like Mitchell Zeer, founder of Iris Photo, are placing the spotlight on our mesmerizing orbs. Through macro photography, high-resolution images of our irises (the colored circle around our pupils) are transformed into otherworldly deserts and galaxies. Irises are unique for each person, just like our fingerprints.

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August 7, 2023

Incredible Winners of Light Microscopy Awards Show Artistry of Scientific Imaging

A look at the inner workings of a sea star won the Global Image of the Year Scientific Light Microscopy Award. The contest, which recognizes the best in scientific imaging worldwide, selected the winner from 640 images submitted by photographers and scientists from 38 countries. Organized by Evident and Olympus, since 2017, the contest has been an incredible way to highlight the artistry and scientific value of light microscopy.

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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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