Filmed on iPhone: Winners of Apple’s Macro Photography Contest

Ashley’s photo, Strawberry’s Soda, is one of 10 winning photos.

Ashley Lee

When Apple introduced IPhone 13 FamilyOne of the features that made the Pro models stand out was the a Macro photo mode It allows you to take photos of small things. Macro photos have a very close look, which transforms a simple thing like a strawberry floating in soda into something dramatic and wonderful.

To celebrate the new camera feature, Apple has launched its latest Shot On iPhone photo contest about macro photography. Over the past several weeks, Apple has received macro photos taken with the iPhone 13 Pro or 13 Pro Max from around the world. A panel of judges comprising of Apple employees and photographers Anand Verma, Apeksha Maker, Peter McKinnon, Bedi Chao and Yig Keat Lee selected 10 successful photos from the Apple website, Instagram page and billboards around the world.

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

Ashley Lee is a freelance photographer based in San Francisco. His photo, Strawberry in Soda, Apple Shot on iPhone: One of the 10 photos that won from the macro photography competition. You can see it above.

“I chose strawberries as a subject because I liked how bright red looked on a black background. The stark contrast draws your attention to the strawberry and its bubbles, and the strawberries seem to float in space,” Lee said. .

Check out other successful macro photos below. If you feel inspired to take your own macro photos, be sure to read our story on how to take beautiful close-up shots with your iPhone.

The red interior of the petals of a flower is curved like a cave.

Photo by Marco Coleta, cave.

Marco Colletta

Marco Colleta, a college student studying mechanical engineering in Italy, photographed The Cave. “The rounded shape of the petals, accentuated by intense shadows, made me think of a deep cave, ready to explore,” Colletta said. “I wanted to keep an eye on the inside of the flower and feel the natural structure of a plant with light colored flowers as part of its beauty.”

A drop of water on the lily leaf.

A Drop of Freedom by Daniel Ola.

Daniel Ola

Daniel Ola is a photographer and photographer from Budapest. His photo is titled Drop of Freedom. “My goal was to highlight the tiny drop of water compared to the lily. I used a spot studio light with a dark background on the lily. I adore the shape of the flower; the bottom petal helps to focus. The middle part shows not only the droplet, but also the pollen,” Ola said.

A drop of water on a leaf.

The Hidden Gem of Jirasak Punpians.

Of Jirasak Panbians

Jirazak Panbians is a famous Thai photographer. His photo, named Hidden Gem, has a drop of water on a leaf. “This little, shiny liquid jewelry is so delicate at the base of a leaf after a tropical storm that it is almost invisible to the human eye,” Panbinsin said. “However, its true brilliance shines through the lens of the iPhone – closer, it shines with intense clarity, capturing light from the rising sun and magnifying the intricate, organic geometry of the leaf veins.”

Snowdrops over a spider web.

The Art of Prajwal Chowkule in Nature

Prajwal Chowkule

Prajwal Saugule is a software engineer in India. He has been interested in photography since college. His photo, Art in Nature, shows snowdrops on a spider web. “The Golden Hour brings the best out of nature and the joy of the photographer. The snowdrops in the spider’s web caught my attention.

Macro photo of colorful sea glass.

Sea glass by Guido Casanelli

Guido Casanelli

Guido Cassanelli is an Argentine based photographer and surfer. Photographed under the title Sea Glass. “I was walking on the beach enjoying a beautiful sunset and decided to collect some small pieces of sea glass for macro photography. iPhone 13 Pro Max An attempt, “Casanelli said.” Something strange seems to be happening in the center – it’s like amber. I really like that system. ”

Veins of a leaf.

Leaf Light by Trevor Collins.

Trevor Collins

Trevor Collins is a graphic designer from Boston who photographed under the title Leaf Light. “During the golden hour of this one event, the sun shines directly into my window, illuminating all the tiny cells in each leaf. This leaf is depicted, from the fiddle-leaf fig that sits on my desk. Said.

Detailed view of sunflower seeds.

Abigail Mondalin Volcano Volcano.

Abigail Montal

Abigail Montal is a computer engineer in New Jersey. His photo, volcanic lava, is a sunflower. “One day, during a regular evening walk, I went to a grocery store where I noticed a bouquet. This beautiful sunflower caught my attention with its intricate details, including the contrasting colors from the center to the border. I decided, “said Mondal.

Snowdrops on a dog's fur.

Honeycomb by Tom Reeves.

Tom Reeves

Tom Reeves is a graduate student studying information science in New York. His photo, honeycomb, his dog. “Picture taken on the edge of Riverside Park in Manhattan during a morning walk with our puppy this winter. She was amazed to see her first snow so I was able to catch her as she landed between the medieval latticework threads of this little snowdrop. In her many honey-colored curls,” Reeves said.

Close-up of tulip petals.

Hodgson’s The Final Bloom.


Hodgson is a professional photographer based in Chongqing, China. His photo, The Final Bloom, is a tulip. “Photo taken when my 3-year-old son found the tulip at home. Then I joined my son in admiring the flower and picked up my iPhone to capture the moment when the sun kissed the flower. A perfect shade in the magazines,” Hodgson said.

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