Shot on iPhone: Winner of Apple’s Macro Photography Contest

Ashley Lee’s photo of Strawberry in Soda is one of 10 winning photos.

Ashley Lee

As Apple the iPhone 13 familyone of the standout features of the Pro models was the addition of a macro photography mode This allows you to take close-up pictures of small subjects. Macro photos have a close-up that can transform an everyday subject like a strawberry floating in soda into something dramatic and ethereal.

To celebrate the new camera feature, Apple hosted its latest Shot on iPhone photo contest themed around macro photography. In recent weeks, Apple has received macro photos from around the world taken with the iPhone 13 Pro or 13 Pro Max. A panel of judges comprised of Apple employees and photographers Anand Varma, Apeksha Maker, Peter McKinnon, Paddy Chao and Yik Keat Lee selected 10 winning photos to be featured on Apple’s website, Instagram page and on billboards in cities around the world will be.

A surfer, a graphic designer, college students, several engineers and professional photographers took the winning photos. They live in the USA, China, Hungary, India, Italy, Spain, Thailand and Argentina.

Ashley Lee is a freelance photographer based in San Francisco. Her photo Strawberry in Soda is one of 10 winning photos in Apple’s Shot on iPhone: Macro Photography contest. You can see it above.

“I chose a strawberry as my subject because I liked how the bright red contrasted against the black background. The stark contrast draws your attention to the strawberry and its bubbles, making it appear as if the strawberry is floating in space,” Lee said.

Check out the rest of the macro photos of the winners below. If you’re feeling inspired to take your own macro photos, be sure to read our story on how to take beautiful close-up photos with your iPhone.

The red inside of a flower's petals, curving to resemble a cave.

Marco Colleta’s photo The Cave.

Marco Colletta

Marco Colleta is a college student who studied mechanical engineering in Italy and took the photo of The Cave. “The enveloping shape of the petals, accented by intense shadows, made me think of a deep cave ready to be explored,” Colleta said. “By keeping the vantage point within the flower, I wanted the natural framing of the hibiscus to make us feel fully a part of its beauty.”

A drop of water on a lily leaf.

A Drop of Freedom by Daniel Olah.

Daniel Olah

Daniel Olah is a photographer and photo retoucher from Budapest. His photo is titled A Drop of Freedom. “My intention was to emphasize the tiny drop of water compared to the lily. I used a spot studio light on the lily with a dark background. I adore the shape of the flower; the lower petal helps bring focus to the lily, the center part emphasizing not only the drop but also the stamen,” Olah said.

A drop of water on a leaf.

Hidden Gem of Jirasak Panpiansin.

Jirasak Panpiansin

Jirasak Panpiansin is a well-known photographer from Thailand. His photo, called Hidden Gem, shows a drop of water on a leaf. “This tiny, shimmering liquid jewel delicately nestles at the base of a leaf after a tropical storm, almost imperceptible to the human eye,” said Panpiansin. “Its true brilliance, however, shines through the iPhone’s lens – up close, it sparkles with intense clarity, catching the light of the rising sun and magnifying the intricate, organic geometry of the leaf veins below.”

Dewdrops captured on a spider web.

Prajwal Chougule’s art in nature

Prajwal Chougule

Prajwal Chougule is a software developer based in India. Photography has been a passion of his since college. His photo Art in Nature shows dewdrops on a spider web. “The ‘golden hour’ brings out the best in nature and is a photographer’s delight. Drops of dew on a spider’s web caught my attention, and I was fascinated by the way the dried spider’s silk formed a necklace on which the dew shone like pearls. It felt like a work of art on nature’s canvas,” Chougule said.

A macro photo of stained sea glass.

Sea Glass by Guido Cassanelli

Guido Cassanelli

Guido Cassanelli is a photographer and surfer from Argentina. He took the photo titled Sea Glass. “I was walking on the beach enjoying a beautiful sunset and decided to collect some of these little pieces of sea glass to do macro photography on iPhone 13 Pro max Give it a try,” Cassanelli said. “It looks like something strange is happening in the one placed in the middle – it looks like amber. I really love that texture.”

The veins of a leaf.

Leaf Illumination by Trevor Collins.


Trevor Collins is a Boston-based graphic designer who created the photograph, titled Leaf Illumination. “This one case was during the golden hour when the sun shines straight in my window, illuminating all the tiny cells in each leaf. The leaf pictured is from a fiddle leaf fig that sits on my desk where I come to see it all day,” said Collins.

A detailed shot of the seeds of a sunflower.

Abhik Mondal’s volcanic lava.

Abhik Mondal

Abhik Mondal is a computer engineer based in New Jersey. His photo Volcanic Lava shows a sunflower. “One day, during an ordinary evening walk, I was walking to a grocery store where I noticed a bouquet of flowers. This beautiful sunflower caught my attention with its intricate details, including the contrasting colors from the center to the edge of the petals. I immediately decided to take the bouquet home and capture its beauty,” Mondal said.

Snowflakes in a dog's fur.

Honeycomb by Tom Reeves.

Tom Reeves

Tom Reeves studies information science in New York. His photo Honeycomb shows his dog. “This picture was taken on the edge of Riverside Park in Manhattan this winter while she was taking our pup for a morning walk. As she gazed at her first snow, I was able to capture the ephemeral lattice of that tiny snowflake as it landed between the strands of her many honey-colored locks,” Reeves said.

A closeup of the petals of a tulip.

Hojisan’s The Last Blossom.


Hojisan is a professional photographer based in Chongqing, China. His photo “The Final Bloom” shows a tulip. “The photo was taken when my 3-year-old son discovered the flower of the tulip at home. I then appreciated the flower with my son and took out my iPhone to capture the moment the sun kissed the flower, creating a perfect shadow on the petals,” said Hojisan.

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