Thank you to all the photographers that shared their best macro shots showing butterflies in the Macro Butterflies Photo Contest with chances to win a Lens and Filter and more!

"This was a real treat to be able to scroll through so many wonderful images of Butterflies! All the different colors, compositions, textures and patterns set among different backgrounds made judging this contest a real challenge! Congratulations to all the finalists and to everyone that participated in this contest!" - Laurie Rubin

A special thanks to our friend and professional photographer Laurie Rubin for her collaboration as a guest judge in this photo contest. Laurie Rubin is an international award-winning photographer, specializing in wildlife, zoo and aerial photography. She won 1st place in the Windland Smith Rice International awards with her print displayed in the Smithsonian Natural History Museum. Her passion for photography includes a career working for software companies such as Education Project Manager for Nik Software, Product Specialist for Google+ Photos, Senior Education Manager at Macphun Software, and ViewBug. She is one of the first Inception Masters for Trey Ratcliff’s Arcanum, and speaks at events and teaches workshops. She enjoys flying and taking aerial photos with her DJI Phantoms.

Grand Jury Winner

"I kept coming back to this image because it really stood out from a lot of the other photos of butterflies that were perched on a stem or flower. This was very unusual. The butterfly was on a surface of some kind (I keep trying to figure out what it was) with beautiful pastel purples and golds. The composition was really nice too with the butterfly off to the right a bit so it was a bit off center, giving this image a bit more tension. The bokeh is lovely too. Congratulations Cbries for capturing this lovely image!" - Laurie Rubin

Runner Up

"This image is so much fun and whimsical, and again, it really stood out as being very different from the many other butterfly photos. This was captured when frog was looking off to the side so that the viewer can see the butterfly. It looks like the frog actually has wings! Well done lessysebastian." - Laurie Rubin

Runner Up

"I just love the colors and backlighting in this image! The focus is perfect, bringing the viewer’s eye to the main subject. And the splash of color here and there from the flowers in the background really help fill the frame nicely. Great composition too. A wonderful and delightful image!" - Laurie Rubin

Runner Up

"This is such a simple yet elegant image of the butterfly perched on a flowerhead as it bends over gracefully. The technique of shooting through and around the plants in the background is really nice and almost looks as though a texture was added. Beautiful pastel colors with a punch of purple and nice sharpness on the main subject. This is a really beautiful image!" - Laurie Rubin

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