Take a look at these award-winning close-up photos of animals, plants, and fungi

The Close-Up Photography Awards just announced its winners and the winning images include close-ups of eel larva, a spider (arachnophobes, look away), meadows, flowers, and plenty of other cool shots.

The overall Close-up Photographer of the Year 02 (CUPOTY) award went to French photographer Galice Hoarau for his image of an eel larva spotted off the island of Lembeh, Indonesia, during a blackwater dive. 

Galice takes home £2,500 and the CUPOTY trophy. He also sees his work displayed in the 100 CUPOTY online gallery.

More than 6,500 pictures were entered this year, from 52 countries, spanning seven categories including Animals, Insects, Plants and Fungi, Intimate Landscape, Manmade World, and Micro (for images created using a microscope).

The same categories also existed for under 17s with a creative eye.

While Galice took the top spot in the Animals category, Mike Curry wowed the judges with his shot of a butterfly surrounded by peeling paint in the Insect category.

Winner of the Plants and Fungi category went to Elizabeth Kazd who stayed close to home by gathering tulips from her garden and combining multiple exposures to create a striking graphic image.

Meanwhile, entrant Mark James Ford trekked across a baking lava field in Hawaii, with heat rising from every crack, to create his image of lava flow setting – securing top spot in the Intimate Landscape category. 

In the Manmade World category, Kym Cox took the title for a second year with her study of the life cycle of a soap bubble.

The Micro category amazed and delighted judges, with subjects ranging from lettuce leaves to a recrystallised callus remover.

Electrician Andrei Savitsky fought off stiff competition with his image of a glass worm, taken with a smartphone.  

It was another great year for Young Close-up Photographer of the Year for TamásKoncz-Bisztricz who scooped up the overall title for his magical shot of springtail in a meadow close to his home in Hungary.

With so many fascinating pictures that would leave most of us asking ‘what is that?’ judges had a tough job deciding the winners.

Tracey Calder, co-founder of CUPOTY, said: ‘The standard was incredible! Yet again, entrants have shown that close-up photography can help us see the world anew and discover beauty in subjects that are often overlooked.’  

Here are some the other winners:













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