German photographer Lizzy Petereit has won this year’s Macro Art Photo Project with a lovely close-up of an Anemone flower (inline below). Other celebrated images in the impressive competition include an extraordinary snap of a tiny snout-nosed beetle (above), and surreal cross-section of a developing fig fruit.

The Macro Art Photo Project is one part of the larger International Garden Photographer of the Year competition. The main competition, encompassing a massive variety of categories, is open for entries until later in October. However, several smaller “photo projects” run across the year, focusing on topics such as Black & White or Still Life photography.

1st Place, Panta Rhei. Bremen, Germany. "Everything flows, the wonderful Anemone flowers from my garden are...

The Macro Art competition is perhaps the most interesting side project, exploring the art of flora and fauna in profound close-up. Some of the celebrated entries in this year’s competition reveal mesmerizing and magical perspectives of common insects and plants.

Highly Commended, Cockchafer. Criccieth, Gwynedd, Wales, United Kingdom. "Head study of Melolontha melolontha (cockchafer beetle); relatively...

Hasan Baglar’s incredible image of a swallowtail butterfly’s wing reveals patterns of color that resemble pixels on an RGB monitor. Alan Price’s highly commended portrait of a cockchafer beetle (above) offers an amusingly sassy look at a relatively common insect.

Take a look through our gallery at all of this year’s amazing macro winners.

Source: IGPOTY

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