Thank you to all the photographers that participated in the Springtime Macro Photo Contest, sharing their best macro shots taken during the spring. Congratulations to the winners and finalists, and a special round of applause for the Grand Jury Winner who wins an Apple watch.

A special thanks to our friend and professional photographer Ron Clifford for his collaboration as a guest judge. Ron Clifford is an artist, coach, and creative mentor with a unique gift to help unlock the creative ninja that lives inside every person. You could say Ron explore his world through the connections his camera helps him create – and to help others overcome roadblocks and see blind spots along their own creative journey. Ron is also one of the founding Masters (mentors) in the amazing online photography learning platform known as "The Arcanum" as well as being involved in training new mentors joining them on the platform, Ron thinks he has the best job in the world!

Grand Jury Winner

"While judging the images for the Spring Macro contest I was amazed at the number of exceptional submissions.  My work as a judge was made very difficult and there were several images that were competing for the top spots.  What I look for is not only a good picture, but also for something technically well done that also tells a bit of a story.  It helps if there is an element of surprise or a difficult technique or condition was shot really well.  In the one l chose for the winner, “I want to put here this drop”, it was not only technically well done and visually captivating, but it also contains an element of discovery and surprise with the addition of the spider and the single drop in the middle." - Ron Clifford

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