The theme for the second round of the 2023/24 Camera Jabber Photographer of the Year (CJPOTY) competition is ‘Close-up’. We want you to get close to your subject and reveal the interesting features of the smaller things in life. Your images don’t have to be true macro shots, but they can be if you like.
This round of our monthly competition is open for submissions until 23:59 GMT (00:59 CET and 15:59 PST) on 28th February 2023.
To submit your entry visit cjpoty.com or click on the CJPOTY button at the top of any of our website pages. You can submit up to three entries for £2.00 plus payment processing costs (£0.26). Images should be Jpegs at least 1920 pixels along their longest side but no larger than 1MB.
Close-up and macro photography
You can shoot close-up photography at any time of the year but it’s especially appealing during the winer because you can do it inside or out. The overcast conditions often experienced during the winter also create nice soft light that is ideal for close-up and macro photography.
Part of the appeal of close-up photography is that we are surrounded by potential subjects, the contents of your kitchen cupboards, kids’ toys, pets, flowers and just about anything else you can think of can all be turned into an interesting photograph with a bit of imagination.
Follow the link to discover 7 close-up photography tips from Tracy Calder, co-founder of Close-up Photographer of the Years Awards (CUPOTY), which opens for entry on 5th March 2023. You may also be inspired by the gallery of winning images from the 2022 competition.
Camera Jabber Photographer of the Year prizes
At the end of the month, the Camera Jabber team will pick one winning image and nine runners up from the February entries. The photographer of the winning image will receive a voucher from MPB.com to the value of £500 which can be spent on anything from a huge range of kit from the World’s biggest platform for used photographic gear.
All 10 of the selected images will go into our shortlist for the year.
We’ll do this each month in 2023 so that by the end of the year, there will be 120 shortlisted images. These will then go before our fantastic panel of judges (to be announced soon) who will decide the 1st, 2nd and 3rd-placed images.
The photographer of the first-placed image overall, as decided by the panel of judges, will receive a voucher to the value of £1000 from MPB.com as well as a trophy and the title ‘Camera Jabber Photographer of the Year 2024‘. The photographers who come second and third will receive vouchers worth £500 and £250 respectively.
You don’t have to enter the competition every month, but you are welcome to do so and the more shortlisted images you have at the end of the year, the greater than chance of winning the top prize.
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