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Can you find out what these stunning iPhone photos REALLY are?

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.

Sea glass captured on an iPhone 13 Pro Max by Guido Cassanelli from Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Sea glass captured on an iPhone 13 Pro Max by Guido Cassanelli from Buenos Aires, ArgentinaPhoto Credit: Apple / Guido Cassanelli
Tiny cells of a leaf during the golden hour, captured on an iPhone 13 Pro by Trevor Collins from Boston, USA

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Tiny cells of a leaf during the golden hour, captured on an iPhone 13 Pro by Trevor Collins from Boston, USAPhoto Credit: Apple/Trevor Collins
A colorful flower captured on an iPhone 13 Pro by Abhik Mondal from New Milford, USA

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A colorful flower captured on an iPhone 13 Pro by Abhik Mondal from New Milford, USAPhoto Credit: Apple/Abhik Mondal

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.

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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.

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And then capture your stunning macro image with a tap of the screen.

Check out the rest of the winners below…

A strawberry in a vase with soda water, captured on an iPhone 13 Pro by Ashley Lee from San Francisco, USA

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A strawberry in a vase with soda water, captured on an iPhone 13 Pro by Ashley Lee from San Francisco, USAPhoto Credit: Apple/Ashley Lee
A drop of water on a lily captured with an iPhone 13 Pro Max by Daniel Olah from Budapest, Hungary

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A drop of water on a lily captured with an iPhone 13 Pro Max by Daniel Olah from Budapest, HungaryCredit: Apple/Daniel Olah
A sun-kissed tulip captured on an iPhone 13 Pro Max by Hojisan of Chongqing, China

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A sun-kissed tulip captured on an iPhone 13 Pro Max by Hojisan of Chongqing, ChinaPhoto credit: Apple / Hojisan
A tiny drop of water on a leaf captured with an iPhone 13 Pro Max by Jirasak Panpiansin from Chaiyaphum City, Thailand

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A tiny drop of water on a leaf captured with an iPhone 13 Pro Max by Jirasak Panpiansin from Chaiyaphum City, ThailandPhoto credit: Apple / Jirasak Panpiansin
A cavernous hibiscus flower captured on an iPhone 13 Pro by Marco Colletta from Taranto, Italy

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A cavernous hibiscus flower captured on an iPhone 13 Pro by Marco Colletta from Taranto, ItalyPhoto Credit: Apple/Marco Colletta
Dewdrops on a spider web captured on an iPhone 13 Pro by Prajwal Chougule from Kolhapur, Maharashtra, India

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Dewdrops on a spider web captured on an iPhone 13 Pro by Prajwal Chougule from Kolhapur, Maharashtra, IndiaPhoto credit: Apple / Prajwal Chougule
Snowflakes on puppy hair captured on an iPhone 13 Pro by Tom Reeves of New York City, USA

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Snowflakes on puppy hair captured on an iPhone 13 Pro by Tom Reeves of New York City, USACredit: Apple/Tom Reeves
Tiny cells of a leaf during the golden hour, captured on an iPhone 13 Pro by Trevor Collins from Boston, USA

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Tiny cells of a leaf during the golden hour, captured on an iPhone 13 Pro by Trevor Collins from Boston, USAPhoto Credit: Apple/Trevor Collins
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