APPLE has unveiled its top 10 Shot on iPhone photos of 2022 – with a big twist.
This year, the challenge focused on close-ups captured with the iPhone’s new macro feature, and they eclipsed all of our Instagram images.
The challenge was announced back in January and was open to absolutely anyone with one iPhone.
Apple’s only real catch was that contestants had to use the macro camera feature, which is only available on the new one iPhone 13 pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max.
Tens of thousands of photos were submitted by snappy iPhone owners.
and Apple has now announced the 10 winners for its first Shot on iPhone Macro Challenge.
A jury of international judges handpicked by Apple took a critical look at the lot.
They were looking for a macro shot’s ability to transform the ordinary into the extraordinary.
The top 10 winners came from the USA, China, Hungary, India, Italy, Spain and Thailand.
And the best photos showed minute details that would escape the naked eye.
These included tiny snowflakes on a dog’s hair and dewdrops on a spider’s web.
All winning photos will be featured on Apple.com, Apple’s Instagram account, and on billboards in select cities around the world.
A particularly impressive shot of a leaf, taken by graphic designer Trevor Collins from Boston, USA, amazed the jury.
World-renowned photographer and Apple judge Peter McKinnon said, “The reason I like this is the obvious layering. The depth of field created with the iPhone shows you very clearly where the focus is.
“And is a fantastic example of how good the software is at completely isolating the foreground and leaving the background blurry.
“A perfect example of computational depth of field.”
The remaining eight winning photos can be found at the bottom of this article.
iPhone macro trick
How does the macro function work?
With the new iPhone 13 Pro models, there is a revised camera system.
This includes an ultra-wide camera with a “much wider” f/1.8 aperture.
There’s also a new autofocus system and 92% improved low-light photography for brighter, sharper images.
Apple combined the new lens, improved autofocus, and some math tricks to make the iPhone capable of taking macro pictures.
To use the macro feature, make sure you get very close to the subject — up to two inches away.
Then make sure the primary focus point is near the center of the image.
Tap an area to set a specific focus point.
And then capture your stunning macro image with a tap of the screen.
Check out the rest of the winners below…
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