Incredible images showing butterflies, spiders and insects as you have never ...

Just a little closer..! Incredible images showing butterflies, spiders and insects as you have never seen them before feature in the Close-Up Photography Awards More than 6,500 photographers from 52 countries entered  this competition of macro photography The award for Close-up Photographer of the Year went to Galice Hoarau for his shot of a miniscule eel larvae Other stunning images included closeups of butterflies, tulips, lava, spiders and even soap bubbles 

By Aliki Kraterou For Mailonline

Published: 14:26 BST, 4 October 2020 | Updated: 14:26 BST, 4 October 2020

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 The stunning images will allow you to have a closer look at insects, butterflies, spiders and even soap bubbles. 

They all made the top 100 images  of the Close Up Photography Awards, where  photographers from 52 different countries took part.

 The award for Close-up Photographer of the Year went to French photographer Galice Hoarau for his stunning shot of a miniscule eel larvae.     

The winner who was also awarded the £2,500 prize, is a professor in marine molecular ecology, and spotted the eel off the island of Lembeh, in Indonesia, during a blackwater dive.  

He said: 'Peering through the darkness with your torch can be stressful the first time you do it, but it gets fascinating quickly.

'Divers are surrounded by darkness, with only a lit downline as a visual reference. 

'What makes blackwater diving so magical is the abundance of rarely seen planktonic creatures you spot as they take part in one of the largest daily migrations of any animal on Earth. 

Mike Curry  was the winner in the insects category, with his shot of a butterfly surrounded by peeling paint  while snapper Elizabeth Kazda  won the plants and fungi category creating a beautiful image with tulips from her garden.  

The top photo in the intimate landscape category was taken by Mark James Ford and showed flowing lava from  a baking lava field in Hawaii, USA.  

Finally Kym Cox  was the winner for a second time in the manmade world category, with her study of the life cycle of a soap bubble. 

The award for Close-up Photographer of the Year went to Galice Hoarau for his shot of a miniscule eel larvae

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