There were some stunning images for APOY 2014 round 6. We reveal the top 50 entries for Macro World.

APOY Olympus OM-D E-M10 plus lenses 200
Fearghal Breathnach, from Wicklow in Ireland, is the winner of round 6, Macro World, of APOY 2014. Fearghal will receive an Olympus OM-D E-M10 with a 14-42mm EZ Pancake zoom, a 45mm f/1.8 portrait lens, a 40-150mm zoom,
a 9mm fisheye lens, a macro adapter and a street case in which to carry it all. That’s a total retail price of £1,200.

The E-M10 has a 16.1-million-pixel, four thirds-sized CMOS sensor and a TruePic VII image-processing system. The 1.44-million-dot EVF displays a 100% field of view and has a 120fps refresh rate.

The 14-42mm EZ Pancake zoom lens is a slim and compact optic that is equivalent to a 28-84mm lens in the 35mm format. The 45mm f/1.8 portrait optic is ideal for low-light people shots without flash, while the 40-150mm zoom has high-speed AF and is optimised for movies and stills. The 9mm fisheye lens is ideal for capturing wideangle scenes.

APOY Olympus PEN E-PL5 plus twin-lens kiOur second-placed winner is Amy Whitewick, from Melksham in Wiltshire. She will receive an Olympus Pen E-PL5 camera plus a 14-42mm and 40-150mm twin-lens zoom kit worth £500. The E-PL5 offers serious image quality with its powerful 16.1-million-pixel sensor and a new OM-D component in the TruePic VI image processor. The camera has lightning-fast autofocus, a touch-sensitive LCD screen and full HD video.

APOY Olympus Stylus SP-100EE
Gary Cox from Cirencester in Gloucestershire takes third place in this round. He wins an Olympus Stylus SP-100EE Ultra Zoom camera, with an impressive 16-million-pixel sensor and 3in LCD screen. The camera includes a handy autofocus lock so you need never lose a shot due to fuzzy focusing. The camera features a 50x optical Ultra Zoom lens with a focal length ranging from 24mm to 1,200mm, and built-in Dot Sight to make it easier to focus on subjects.

APOY Fearghal Breathnach

Photo by Fearghal Breathnach

1st Fearghal Breathnach, Ireland 50pts

Canon EOS 5D Mark III, 100mm, 1/200sec at f/5, ISO 800, flash

We were overwhelmed with entries for this round. Macro has always been a popular subject and as a result the strength of the images we received made our jobs all that harder. But here we are with Fearghal’s perfectly captured handheld shot of a hoverfly. The colours are wonderful and the combination of flash and natural light has perfectly lit the scene. It’s a truly beautiful shot.

APOY Amy Whitewick

Photo by Amy Whitewick

2nd Amy Whitewick, Wiltshire 49pts

Nikon D5100, 90mm, 1/4000sec at f/3, ISO 400

Amy had to wait over a hour to achieve this shot. It’s a good thing she’s patient, otherwise she would have missed this dreamy image. It’s the colours that are the winning element here. The shades of the Agapanthus flower mimic the clear sky above. Also, Amy has timed her shot perfectly. It’s a great capture.

APOY Gary Cox Macro

Photo by Gary Cox

3rd Gary Cox, Gloucestershire 48pts

Canon EOS-1D Mark IV, 100mm, 1/400sec at f/6.3, ISO 125

A southern hawker dragonfly would be a fine subject in itself, but Gary has gone one up and produced a brilliantly composed scene. The reflection, the rotten log dividing the frame, the out-of-focus background and the colours are a wonderful combination. Gary’s shot more than deserves a top three spot.

Top 50 entries for this round:

1 Fearghal Breathnach 50pts
2 Amy Whitewick 49pts
3 Gary Cox 48pts
4 Dariusz Jasiulek 47pts
5 Adrian Mills 46pts
6 Stefano Coltelli 45pts
7 Dave Allen 44pts
8 DavidTolliday 43pts
9 Diogo Ferreira 42pts
10 Mark Peacok 41pts
11 Barbara Corvino 40pts
12 Christophe Lemieux 39pts
13 Adrian Holt 38pts
14 Lucie Brooke 37pts
15 Andrew Williams 36pts
16 Richard Craze 35pts
17 Mark Helliwell 34pts
18 Jim Tate 33pts
19 Nick Davies 32pts
20 Maxim Dupliy 31pts
21 Chaitanya Deshpande 30pts
22 Csilla Szucs 29pts
23 Alex Harford 28pts
24 Mike Morley 27pts
25 Andy Flowerday 26pts
26 John Crooks 25pts
27 Kirsty Andrews 24pts
28 Kate Ferris 23pts
29 Val Lear 22pts
30 Christine Smart 21pts
31 Anna Kadykova 20pts
32 Bec Wolf 19pts
33 Ryan Connell 18pts
34 Brian Newness 17pts
35 Graham Graham 16pts
36 Phil Cooper 15pts
37 Mikhail Kopychko 14pts
38 Dan Deakin 13pts
39 Meredith Lewis 12pts
40 Dave Brown 11pts
41 Faramarz Zareian 10pts
42 Valentina Stoumpou 9pts
43 Rebecca Lyon 8pts
44 Rodney Harrison 7pts
45 Eva Grunwald 6pts
46 James Thompson 5pts
47 John Crongeyer 4pts
48 Muh Mizanul Haq 3pts
49 Rex Kersley 2pts
50 Shane Butler 1pt

View the winning Images in the APOY 2014 Gallery

See the APOY 2014 Leader Board after this round.

Results and Rounds APOY 2014