2022 – Apple Macro Photography Contest

Apple's Shot on iPhone Challenge is now open. Here are the rules, the prizes, and some macro tips. Winners to be announced 26 February 2022.

Hello there, Macro Photographer!

As it announced Apple’s Shot on iPhone Challenge, Apple is encouraging the owners of the iPhone models to show their artistic skills through macro photography. Here are some exciting features to showcase during the event and how to take part.

The camera in iPhone 13 Pro lineup comes with the most advanced auto image processor ever in an iPhone while the focus system can capture sharp images with a minimum focus distance of about 2 inches.


Starting: January 25, 2022

Ending: February 16, 2022


Author exposition on Apple website, marketing campaigns, and expositions.

Monetary reward tied to photo licensing agreement. Despite the actual value not being announced, the previous winner @mattfebo confirmed a $1000 payment.

Social Media Submissions

If you have an iPhone 13 Pro or an iPhone 13 Pro Max you are welcome to

Share your artistic gifts on Twitter, Instagram, and Weibo. Just make sure to submit the entries under the hashtags #iPhonemacrochallenge and #ShotoniPhone.

Anyone using Weibo can also participate using the #ShotoniPhone# and #iPhonemacrochallenge#.

Email Submissions

Apple’s Shot on iPhone Challenge also allows email submissions. If you wish to avoid social media, make sure to name your highest resolution file according to the following format:


Then, send the file to shotoniphone@apple.com under the following subject: Shot on iPhone Macro Challenge Submission.


Participants must mention the iPhone Model.

To take part, you must be at least 18 years old.

 The subject must be as close as 2 centimeters (about an inch).

The photos can be edited in several ways: straight from the camera, edited with Apple’s editing tools in the Photos App, or edited with third-party software such as Adobe Lightroom combined with Macro presets. 

Apple employees or their immediate families are not allowed to submit any entries.

BML Tips

If you aim to use the iPhone’s newest features, you will probably get extra points. Remember that branded contests like this are also a marketing strategy.

For that reason, when shooting at the new minimum focus distance of 2cm while using a wide-angle macro lens, you will get some distortion at the edges. While composing, try to keep straight lines and geometric subjects in the center.

While examining multiple winning macro shots, we rarely see the first place awarded to less-than-amazing bokeh backgrounds. So, get that bokeh. Forget busy-looking photos and focus on that nice & sweet subject isolation. Generally, achieving this effect is no easy task for a wide-angle macro lens, but you will get there.

Additional Information

Official Contest Page

Good Luck

We wish the best of luck to all contestants in the newest Apple Macro Photography Contest! If you don’t own the latest iPhones, worry not. There are other interesting macro competitions for you to enjoy.

Looking forward to seeing the winning photos.

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2022 – Apple Macro Photography Contest

See you in the field!