‘Papilio Machaon’ by Horuseye
“A Papilio Machaon with a caterpillar. This shot was taken early in the morning – both were on the stem, which I moved around to create the background.”
The winner, chosen by the expert judge Ben Brain, editor of Digital Camera magazine.
“Well done to our first-place winner, who has captured this stunning macro image, which has been finished to a high technical standard. The relationship between the caterpillar and the fully formed butterfly reminds us of the cycle of life, giving the image greater context. The dominating position of the butterfly on top of the flower shows us the journey it has taken to its final form. The blurred-out yellow background frames the profile of both subjects perfectly and contrasts against the blues in the creatures. A great macro image, and a worthy winner in our contest”.