SIGMA UK supports the Close-up Photographer of the Year (CUPOTY) competition

SIGMA UK supports the Close-up Photographer of the Year (CUPOTY) competition

Close-up Photographer of the Year (CUPOTY) is a celebration of close-up, macro and micro photography – an annual competition created to showcase images that help us see the world anew.  But its scope is far greater than that.

Its ultimate aim is to encourage you to slow down, enjoy the craft of photography, and to make connections with others who are equally passionate about the world up close.

  • Anyone can enter, from any country, using any type of camera.
  • Enter up to 30 pictures across any of the 5 adult categories and up to 15 images in Young CUPOTY.
  • A prize fund worth over £4,000 is shared between the overall winner and six category winners.

Become the photographer you’ve always imagined: creative, engaged, and able to get the best out of your equipment.

Closing date
Sunday 10th February 2019
23:59 (GMT)


There are six categories to enter: Animals, Plants & fungi, Intimate landscape, Manmade and Micro (for images captured with a microscope), as well as Young CUPOTY (for entrants aged 17 and under).

If you are 18 or over you may enter as many categories as you like. For example, if you purchase entry for 5 pictures, you may enter 2 in Animals, 2 in Plants & fungi and 1 in Intimate landscape.

The judges are looking for visually arresting images that encourage the viewer to see the world anew — this could be achieved by showing us something astonishing, beautiful or challenging, or perhaps something mundane shot in an unusual way.

There are no restrictions on subject matter — anything from a cheese grater to the cell of a fruit fly is welcome, and covered by a category.

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