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One of the more difficult sets to judge. I went back 3 different times to reselect many of these images. A few notes:
1. Sharpness is typically very important for macro shots. It isn't necessarily a deal breaker if there are other redeeming qualities of the image, but this was the most common reason for being eliminated on Macro.
2. Underwater macro shots are nearly impossible to get. We have a few entries in here that were done underwater.
3. Variety is as important as sharpness. The eye shot for example is very good, not perfect, but because it was the ONLY eye shot like this, it scored extra points.
4. Composition still matters. Even for macro. Some of these shots were clearly very conscious of this.
Im also getting quite a few comments about what is defined as "true macro" or "true abstract". My response to is that there is definite room for interpretation. Many shots in the macro category are probably better defined as "Flower" or "Insect" type shots. That said, we currently have 6 categories, each category requires a significant amount of time, effort and money to organize. While it would be wonderful to have a strict category for every type of shot, it just isnt reasonable or possible, and therefore, YES I allow many of these types of shots in the category that best describes them.
If we have any sponsors out there who would be interested in funding new categories, I would be happy to entertain that discussion, otherwise- Im doing the best I can and trying to be as fair as possible to everyone & I appreciate that consideration.