Apple announces macro photography contest winners

Apple has selected ten winners of the Shot on iPhone competition. Participants from all over the world shared their best macro shots.

At the beginning of the year, Apple launched the Shot on iPhone contest. To show their macro photography skills, photographers around the world used the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max. Apple announced ten winners today. Participants from China, Hungary, India, Italy, Spain, Thailand and the USA reached the final.

All works are devoted to the beauties of nature, and macro photography allows you to see what is hidden from human eyes. Looking at these pictures, one involuntarily thinks about what amazing worlds lurk in things familiar to us, whether it be a tulip petal, a drop of water, or an almost invisible thread of a cobweb.


Guido Cassanelli, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

“Sea glass erodes thousands of miles away as it travels across the oceans to the shores of the world. I was walking along the beach enjoying a beautiful sunset and decided to collect some of these little pieces for macro shots on my iPhone 13 Pro Max. It seems that in the center, something strange is happening – it looks like amber. I really like this texture.”


Marco Colletta, Taranto, Italy.

“The enveloping shape of the petals, accentuated by intense shadows, made me think of a deep cave that I feel like exploring. Focusing on the inside of the flower, I wanted the hibiscus’s natural frame to make us feel part of its beauty. When I first learned about macro mode, I thought it was another cool new feature that I was just excited to get with my new iPhone 13 Pro. But when I started exploring its possibilities, I really fell in love with this format. I have found that this gives me the ability to turn almost everything I see into an abstraction. This feature really opened up my imagination”


Prajwala Chugule, Kolhapura, Maharashtra, India.

“I love nature. I love going for early morning walks with my iPhone 13 Pro. This is the time of year for many photographers. Drops of water on the web attracted my attention, and I was fascinated by the way the dry spider silk formed a necklace, on which the dew sparkled like pearls. It was like a work of art on a canvas of nature.”


Daniel Ola, Budapest, Hungary.

“I wanted to highlight a tiny drop of water against the background of a lily petal. For this I used studio light on a lily with a dark background. I love this flower shape. The lower petal helps keep the focus on the middle part, highlighting not only the drop, but also the stamen. However, the picture has a rhythm that gives the composition a euphoria.”


Trevor Collins, Boston, USA.

“It was dawn time when the sun shone right through my window, illuminating all the tiny cells on every leaf. The photo shows a fig leaf on my desk, where it sits all day.”


Ashley Lee, San Francisco, USA.

“Using photography to transform everyday objects into something more extraordinary is always a fun puzzle that unleashes my creativity. For this photo, I used two items I found in my kitchen fridge: a strawberry and a can of soda. I put a clear vase on the kitchen table, poured soda into the vase, and used a piece of black paper as a backdrop. Then I dropped the strawberries into the soda bowl and waited. Gradually, bubbles began to form on the surface of the strawberry, and its texture completely changed. I was amazed at the level of detail I was able to capture with macro shots. I could see individual soda bubbles forming on the surface of the strawberries. I chose the strawberry as the subject because I liked how the bright red color is expressed against the black background. The sharp contrast draws your attention to the strawberries and their bubbles as if floating in space.”


Abhika Mondala, New Milford, New Jersey, USA.

“After purchasing the new iPhone 13 Pro in December, I was blown away by its macro function and started shooting a variety of subjects including flowers, insects, plants and more. One day, during an ordinary evening walk, I went to the grocery store, where I noticed a bunch of flowers. This beautiful sunflower caught my attention for its intricate details, including the presence of contrasting colors from the center to the edge of the petals. I immediately decided to take the bouquet home and capture its beauty.”


Tom Reeves, New York, USA.

“This picture was taken on the edge of Riverside Park in Manhattan on a winter morning while walking with our puppy. As she marveled at the first snow, I was able to capture the invisible pattern of a tiny snowflake as it landed among the strands of her honeyed locks.”


Jirasak Panpiansin, Chaiyaphum City, Thailand.

“This tiny, shimmering liquid gem nestled delicately at the base of a leaf after a tropical storm. It is almost invisible to the human eye. However, its true brilliance comes from the iPhone’s lens – up close, it sparkles sharply and intensely, capturing light from the rising sun and magnifying the complex, organic geometry of the leaves below. It is nature in itself: a tiny world of beauty and wonder.”


Hojasan Chongqing, China.

“The photo was taken when my 3 year old son discovered a tulip flower at home. I assessed the flower and, with my son, pulled out my iPhone, trying to capture the moment the sun began to fall on it, which created the perfect shadow on the petals. When I moved the iPhone closer, it automatically turned on the macro mode, and the details of the petals were perfected. After a few moments, the wind blew the petals away. Despite the fact that the life of a flower was short, I still captured the brightest moment of the life of a tulip, which is a gift of nature.

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