iPhone photographers from across the world uploaded their finest macro shots for the Shot on iPhone Macro Challenge over the course of several weeks earlier this year, making even the tiniest details look epic in images captured with their iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max.
With candidates from China, Hungary, India, Italy, Spain, Thailand, and the United States, Apple today announced the ten winners who represent the broad and varied community of iPhone photographers. Their amazing photographs will appear on apple.com, Apple’s Instagram (@apple), and billboards in select locations.
The iPhone 13 Pro series includes the most powerful camera technology ever seen in an iPhone, allowing customers to shoot clear, breathtaking macro photographs on the smartphone they use every day for the first time.
The winning photographs show that macro photography’s beauty lies in its potential to transform the ordinary into the exceptional, and to capture the small details in a huge way. Dewdrops on a spiderweb, snowflakes on a dog’s fur, a cavernous hibiscus blossom, and a strawberry immersed in tiny soda water bubbles are among the spectacular nature photos that could go unnoticed by the naked eye.
The winning photos were chosen by an international panel of professional judges, which included Anand Varma, Apeksha Maker, Peter McKinnon, Paddy Chao, Yik Keat Lee, Arem Duplessis, Billy Sorrentino, Della Huff, Kaiann Drance, and Pamel Chen.
“Sea glass is degraded by thousands of kilometres moving around the oceans to the world’s coastlines,” says the photographer. I was enjoying a gorgeous sunset on the beach when I decided to grab some little bits of sea glass to try macro photography with my iPhone 13 Pro Max. Something unusual appears to be occurring inside the one in the middle – it appears to be amber. “I’m a big fan of the texture.”
“At its best, photography transports you.” The artwork by Guido Cassanelli is ethereal, unearthly, and mysterious. The image was clearly taken with the iPhone macro lens, yet it has an infinite expanse and scale. The psychedelic colour palette is just stunning.” Billy Sorrentino.
“The enveloping form of the petals, highlighted by vivid shadows, reminded me of a deep cave waiting to be explored; by maintaining the point of view inside the flower, I intended the hibiscus’ natural frame to make us feel entirely part of its beauty,” writes the photographer.
When I first heard about macro mode, I assumed it was just another interesting new feature that I couldn’t wait to try out on my new iPhone 13 Pro. But as I began to explore its potential, I fell in love with it.
I learned that it allows me to abstract virtually everything I observe, making it something other than what it is in reality. “This feature truly sparked my creativity.”
“The image’s rich textures and colours pop out, and the foreground’s soft focus is a beautiful compositional feature that draws the spectator in.” Della Huff is a writer who lives in the United States.
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