Mesmerizing Shots From Close-Up Photographer of the Year 2021 Explore the Tiny World

Founded in 2018 by photojournalists Tracy and Dan Calder, Close-Up Photographer of the Year is an annual competition that has become a brilliant showcase for macro photography. Close-Up Photographer of the Year 2021 has announced its winners and the shots are absolutely spectacular.

Images from Close-Up Photographer of the Year 2021

Now in its third year, the contest is organized in associated with Affinity Photo to encourage photographers to explore and enjoy the smallest wonders of nature. Over 9,000 photographers from 56 countries submitted their photographs for the contest.

Here are some of the most mesmerizing images from the Close-Up Photographer of the Year 2021 that explore the tiny world around us.

Light Trap: These insects were found by the photographer inside a defective lamp outside his home, which had acted as a light trap, encapturing the diverse insect world inside it.

Mesmerizing Images from Close-Up Photographer of the Year 2021

Image: Pål Hermansen

This mole cricket looks like a scary alien that has come to invade your home planet.

Mesmerizing Images from Close-Up Photographer of the Year 2021

Image: Marco Jongsma

Hornet Hunt: Liometopum ants that live in large colonies on huge trees are working in unison to hunt this hornet.

Mesmerizing Images from Close-Up Photographer of the Year 2021

Image: Petr Bambousek

Captured during a night hike, this cockroach is illuminated in refracting light as a bracket fungus released masses of spores.

Mesmerizing Images from Close-Up Photographer of the Year 2021

Image: Bernhard Schubert

An opilione aka harvestman is captured moving along a dry twig in a small hollow created by a landslide. The long legs of the creature guide it in the dark.

Mesmerizing Images from Close-Up Photographer of the Year 2021

Image: Juan J. González Ahumada

Two secret toad-head agamas fight over territory in Kalmykia, Russia.

Mesmerizing Images from Close-Up Photographer of the Year 2021

Image: Svetlana Ivanenko

The photographer took this mesmerizing shot of the feet of a hanging upside-down lesser horseshoe bat in an abandoned mine of Börzsöny Hills in Hungary.

Mesmerizing Images from Close-Up Photographer of the Year 2021

Image: Lili Sztrehárszki

Death Wish: This beetle seems to be having a death wish to toy with this aspis viper.

Mesmerizing Images from Close-Up Photographer of the Year 2021

Image: Dario Quattrin

Titled “Holly Parachute,” this image captures Holly Parachute fungi growing on a dead holly leaf.

Mesmerizing Images from Close-Up Photographer of the Year 2021

Image: Barry Webb

This finalist picture in the Underwater category shows a close view of a larval wonderpus octopus.

Mesmerizing Images from Close-Up Photographer of the Year 2021

Image: Filippo Borghi

This image of Lachnum niveum, tiny cuplike fungi, capturing water droplets in hairs on its stem, won the photographer the second prize in the Plants and Fungi category.

Mesmerizing Images from Close-Up Photographer of the Year 2021

Image: Andy Sands

An octopus takes refuge in a large Pinna nobilis shell to create its den and protect itself from predators.

Mesmerizing Images from Close-Up Photographer of the Year 2021

Image: Alessandro Grasso

The Mating Ritual: All species of the Animal Kingdom have different mating rituals. Take this pair of damselflies for instance – in which “the female climbs down deep in the water while the male clasps the neck of the female with a special organ on the tip of its tail.”

Mesmerizing Images from Close-Up Photographer of the Year 2021

Image: Ripan Biswas

“Damsel in Dinner” – A dead damselfly floats on the surface of the water as a nymph of a water strider feasts on its corpse.

Mesmerizing Images from Close-Up Photographer of the Year 2021

Image: Aniket Rangnath Thopate

Crashing Waves: Using a colorful glass bottle, microlens and natural daylight, the photographer was able to capture the crashing waves and brewing storm on the dramatic sea in an abstract form.

Mesmerizing Images from Close-Up Photographer of the Year 2021

Image: Rachel McNulty

An inhabitant of the freshwater environment, this green algae Spirogyra has its chloroplast shaped as fascinating spirals, which are stained with fluorescent dyes on some parts for the picture.

Mesmerizing Images from Close-Up Photographer of the Year 2021

Image: Håkan Kvarnström

Seems like somebody is playing peek-a-boo with its buddies while enjoying the lovely weather of Cornwall, England.

Mesmerizing Images from Close-Up Photographer of the Year 2021

Image: Ezra Boulton

Natural Hiders: Camouflaged in an agricultural area, this hare is almost invisible on the first look at this picture.

Mesmerizing Images from Close-Up Photographer of the Year 2021

Image: Anton Trexler

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