Thank you to all the photographers that shared their best black and white macro shots in the Monochrome Macro Photo Contest with chances to win a gift card bundle and more!

A special thanks to friend and professional photographer Stefan Hefele for his collaboration as a guest judge. The internationally renowned landscape photographer is represented by its broad portfolio in many well-known medias around the globe. Stefan Hefele is full time landscape photographer based in Augsburg, Germany, with a graduation as a commercial photographer. From here he travels into the world. His penchant for Nordic landscapes is hard to miss. But his heart beats especially for mountains and the Alps. With the prestigious GEO Calendar "Mountains 2016" he set a milestone in his career. Stefan Hefele is author of several magazines and has recently published his first book, which appeared in Rheinwerk Verlag.

Grand Jury Winner

"I love this photo. It´s clean composed it´s moody and the snail provides the necessary wow-effect. " - Stefan Hefele

Runner Up

"A macro portrait as from the instructional book. Expressive, detailed, contrasting and a beautiful lighting. Congratulations for the silver medal." - Stefan Hefele

Amateur Winner

Finalist

"Less expressive but technically deluxe I chose the bizarre Snowflake by Shutterspeedblog for the third place. It´s a portrait of an ice crystal I haven´t seen before with a wonderful lighting which brings out the phantastic structure. Congrats!" - Stefan Hefele

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