Apple today released announced the 10 winners of its macro-focused “Shot on iPhone” challenge. iPhone photographers from around the world shared their best macro photos for the Shot on iPhone Macro Challenge, making even the smallest details seem epic in images taken with their iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max.
An international panel of expert judges — Anand Varma, Apeksha Maker, Peter McKinnon, Paddy Chao, Yik Keat Lee, Arem Duplessis, Billy Sorrentino, Della Huff, Kaiann Drance, and Pamela Chen — selected the winning images and explained what they liked about the images.
Apple offers multiple tips for iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max users that are inspired to go out and capture their own macro shots:
- Make sure to get close to your subject — you can get as close as 2 centimeters (about an inch) away.
- Place the primary point of focus near the center of the frame, as that’s where the sharpest focus is when shooting in macro on iPhone.
- If desired, tap an area in the viewfinder to set a specific focus point.
- Shoot at .5x to capture an Ultra Wide field of view, or try shooting at 1x for tighter framing — iPhone will automatically switch cameras as you get close while maintaining the 1x framing.
To learn about the camera features on iPhone and for more iPhone photography tips, visit this page.
The winning photos are shown below:
“Volcanic Lava” (sunflower) by Abhik Mondal (@abhik_mondal_photos). Shot on iPhone 13 Pro.
“Strawberry in Soda” by Ashley Lee (@ashley.photo). Shot on iPhone 13 Pro.
“A Drop of Freedom” (lily) by Daniel Olah (@danesduet). Shot on iPhone 13 Pro Max.
“Sea Glass” by Guido Cassanelli (@laion.ph). Shot on iPhone 13 Pro Max.
“The Final Bloom” (tulip) by Hojisan (@hojisan_ins). Shot on iPhone 13 Pro Max.
“Hidden Gem” (water bead in leaf) by Jirasak Panpiansin (@joez19). Shot on iPhone 13 Pro Max.
“The Cave” (hibiscus) by Marco Colletta (@marcolletta.1). Shot on iPhone 13 Pro.
“Honeycomb” (snowflakes on dog hair) by Tom Reeves (@tomreevesphoto). Shot on iPhone 13 Pro.
“Leaf Illumination” by Trevor Collins (@trevor.photos) Shot on iPhone 13 Pro.