Recorded on iPhone: The winners of Apple’s macro photography competition

Ashley Lee’s picture, Strawberry in Soda, is one of 10 winning pictures.

Ashley Lee

When Apple launched iPhone 13 familyone of the features that made the Pro models stand out was the addition of one macro photography mode which lets you take close-ups of small subjects. Macro images have a close-up perspective that can turn a banal subject like a strawberry floating in soda into something dramatic and ethereal.

To celebrate the new camera feature, Apple made its latest Shot on iPhone photo contest on macro photography. Over the past few weeks, Apple has received macro photos taken with the iPhone 13 Pro or 13 Pro Max from around the world. A panel of judges that included a mix of Apple employees and photographers Anand Varma, Apeksha Maker, Peter McKinnon, Paddy Chao, Yik Keat Lee selected 10 winning photos to be displayed on Apple’s website, Instagram page and on billboards in cities around the world. world.

A surfer, a graphic designer, college students, several engineers and professional photographers took the winning photos. They live in the United States, China, Hungary, India, Italy, Spain, Thailand and Argentina.

Ashley Lee is a San Francisco freelance photographer. Her photo, Strawberry in Soda, is one of 10 winning photos from Apple’s Shot on iPhone: Macro Photography Contest. You can see it above.

“I chose a strawberry as a motif because I liked how the bright red appeared against the black background. The sharp contrast focuses your attention on the strawberry and its bubbles and makes it seem as if the strawberry is floating in space,” said Lee.

Take a look at the rest of the winning macros below. If you feel inspired to take your own macro photos, be sure to read our story on how to take beautiful close-ups with your iPhone.

The red inside of a flower's petals, curves to look like a cave.

Marco Colleta’s picture, The Cave.

Marco Colletta

Marco Colleta is a university student studying mechanical engineering in Italy who took the picture The Cave. “The enveloping shape of the petals, accentuated by intense shadows, made me think of a deep cave, ready to be explored,” Colleta said. “By keeping the view inside the flower, I wanted the hibiscus’ natural framing to make us feel fully a part of its beauty.”

A drop of water on the leaf of a lily.

A Drop of Freedom by Daniel Olah.

Daniel Olah

Daniel Olah is a photographer and photo toucher from Budapest. His picture is titled A Drop of Freedom. “My intention was to highlight the small drop of water in comparison to the lily. I have used a spot study light on the lily with a dark background. I love the shape of the flower; the lower petal helps keep focus on the lily. Middle part that highlights not only the drop, but also the stamen, “Olah said.

A drop of water on a leaf.

Hidden Gem by Jirasak Panpiansin.

Jirasak Panpiansin

Jirasak Panpiansin is a well known photographer from Thailand. His photo, called Hidden Gem, is of a drop of water on a leaf. “This small, shimmering liquid jewel is finely placed at the base of a leaf after a tropical storm, almost imperceptible to the human eye,” said Panpiansin. “But its true brilliance shines through the lens of the iPhone – up close, it sparkles with intense clarity, capturing the light of the rising sun and magnifying the intricate, organic geometry of the leaf’s veins beneath.”

Dewdrops caught on a spider web.

Prajwal Chougules art in nature

Prajwal Chougule

Prajwal Chougule is a software engineer in India. Photography has been his passion since college. His photo, Art in Nature, shows dewdrops on a spider web. “The ‘golden hour’ brings out the best in nature and is a photographer’s delight. Dewdrops on a spider web caught my attention and I was fascinated by the way the dry spider silk formed a necklace on which the dew glistened like pearls. It felt like a work of art on the canvas of nature, “said Chougule.

A macro photo of colorful sea glass.

Sea Glass by Guido Cassanelli

Guido Cassanelli

Guido Cassanelli is a photographer and surfer based in Argentina. He took the picture titled Sea Glass. “I went to the beach and enjoyed a beautiful sunset and decided to collect some of these small pieces of sea glass to give macro photography on iPhone 13 Pro Max an attempt, “said Cassanelli.” It seems that something strange is happening inside the one located in the middle – it looks like amber. I really love that texture. ”

The veins on a leaf.

Leaf Illumination by Trevor Collins.

Trevor Collins

Trevor Collins is a graphic designer from Boston who took the picture titled Leaf Illumination. “This one case was during the golden hour, when the sun was shining directly into my window, illuminating all the little cells in each leaf. The leaf pictured is from a violin fig sitting on my desk, where I get to see it. throughout the day, “Collins said.

A detailed picture of a sunflower seed.

Abhik Mondals volcanic lava.

Abhik Mondal

Abhik Mondal is a computer engineer in New Jersey. His photo, Volcanic Lava, is of a sunflower. “One day, during a regular evening walk, I went to a grocery store where I noticed a bouquet of flowers. This beautiful sunflower caught my attention with its intricate details, including the presence of contrasting colors from the center and towards the edge of the petals. “I immediately decided to take the bouquet home and capture the beauty of it,” Mondal said.

Snowflakes in a dog's fur.

Honeycomb by Tom Reeves.

Tom Reeves

Tom Reeves is a graduate student studying information science in New York. His picture, Honeycomb, shows his dog. “This picture was taken along the edge of Riverside Park in Manhattan while he was on a morning walk with our puppy this winter. When she was wondering about her first snow, I was able to capture the fleeting latticework of this little snowflake , as it landed among the strands of her many honey-colored curls, “Reeves said.

A close-up of the petals of a tulip.

Hojisan’s The Final Bloom.


Hojisan is a professional photographer based in Chongqing, China. His picture, The Final Bloom, is of a tulip. “The picture was taken when my 3-year-old son discovered the tulip flowering at home. I then appreciated the flower with my son and took out my iPhone and tried to capture the moment the sun kissed the flower, creating a perfect shade at the petals. , “said Hojisan.

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