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STUNNING CLOSE-UP IMAGERY FROM THE WORLD OF CANON PHOTOGRAPHY

01 CIRCULAR OCTOPUS (UNDERWATER: FIRST)

BY ALESSANDRO GRASSO

Alessandro scooped up the first place in the Underwater close-up category with his fantastic octopus portrait. He told us, “In the past three years, the bacterium Mycobacterium sherrisii has caused the mass death of Pinna nobilis (noble pen shell) throughout the Mediterranean Sea. Most of the empty shells of the large bivalve have been colonized by other marine species. In this case, an octopus takes advantage of the large shell to create its den and protect itself from predators. I used a slow shutter speed and circular panning motion to give dynamism to the image and emphasize the subject.”

Lens Sigma 15mm f/2.8 EX DG Diagonal Fisheye

Exposure 1/13 sec, f/22, ISO160

02 TAKE OFF (ANIMALS: FINALIST)

BY DARIO QUATTRIN

Dario made it into the final of the Animals category with his image Take Off. He told us, “In spring, vipers come out of hibernation but are still sleepy. Here, I was photographing a Vipera aspis francisciredi in Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy, when I saw a small insect on it. I waited for it to reach the head and fired off a burst of frames.”

Lens Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro

Exposure 1/400 sec, f/6.3, ISO500

03 THE BREATH OF DOG’S TOOTH VIOLET (PLANTS: FINALIST)

BY CYRILLE MASSEYS

Cyrille’s fantastic floral shot made it into the final selection of the Plants category. He told us, “I met this flower by chance a few years ago and was very happy because it’s rare in the southwest France.”

Lens Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Macro

Exposure 1/500 sec, f/2.8, ISO100

04 RAT IN TYRE HUB (YOUNG: WINNER)

BY EZRA BOULTON

13-year-old Ezra told us, “I noticed this rat peering out of an abandoned car wheel in a farmyard near my home in Cornwall, England. It was framed so nicely by the concentric circles of the wheel hub that I came back the next morning with my camera.”

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