Image of salamanders consumed by carnivorous plant wins 2022 Shut-Up Photographer of the 12 months

Shut-Up Photographer of the 12 months (CUPOTY) is a type of contests I at all times look ahead to. To start out off the brand new 12 months with numerous inspiring photographs, the competitors has shared its winners and runner-ups, they usually’re completely beautiful.

Canadian photographer Samantha Stephens is the general winner of this 12 months’s contest, and her placing picture reveals one thing you don’t see day by day: a pair of salamanders being consumed by a carnivorous pitcher plant. As at all times, there are loads extra of nice images among the many class winners, so let’s dive in and verify them out.

Samantha took her successful picture in Algonquin Provincial Park, Canada. Apart from the general win, it additionally introduced her first place within the Animals class. And the competitors was robust: the fourth annual contest attracted greater than 9,000 entries from 54 nations.

“Northern Pitcher Crops usually feast on moths and flies,” Samantha explains, “however researchers on the Algonquin Wildlife Analysis Station not too long ago found a stunning new merchandise on the plant’s menu: juvenile Noticed Salamanders.”

“Whereas following researchers on their day by day surveys I noticed a pitcher with two salamanders floating on the floor of the pitcher’s fluid, each on the similar stage of decay. I knew it was a particular and fleeting second. The subsequent day, each salamanders had sunk to the underside of the pitcher.”

Samantha shall be awarded a £2,500 (~US$3,000) money prize and the Shut-Up Photographer of the 12 months trophy. She additionally sees her work exhibited to a world viewers within the Prime 100 on-line gallery on CUPOTY’s website.

Shut-Up Photographer of the 12 months acknowledges winners in 11 totally different classes. Check out all of them under, and ensure to go to CUPOTY’s website for extra photographs and extra data.



© Samantha Stephens|; 1st place

© Juan Ahumada|; 2nd place

© Paul Lennart Schmid |; third place


© Anirban Dutta |; 1st place

© Bernard Van Elegem |; 2nd place

© Minghui Yuan |; third place


© Sebastien Blomme |; 1st place

© Jay Birmingham |; 2nd place

© Henrik Spranz |; third place


© Barry Webb |; 1st place

© Jeremy Lintott |; 2nd place

© Andy Sands |; third place


Intimate Panorama

© Mike Curry |; 1st place

© Klaus Axelsen |; 2nd place

© Angelo Richardson |; third place


© Viktor Lyagushkin |; 1st place

© Kate Jonker |; 2nd place

© Pietro Cremone |; third place

Butterflies & Bugs

© Wim Vooijs |; 1st place

© Uday Hegde |; 2nd place

© Kai Rosler |; third place

Invertebrate Portrait

© Jamie Corridor |; 1st place

© Ben Revell |; 2nd place

© Alex Pansier |; third place


© Matt Vacca |; 1st place

© Nigel Halliwell |; 2nd place

© Paul Gravett |; third place

Micro (photographs created utilizing a microscope)

© Marek Mis |; 1st place

© Jan Martinek |; 2nd place

© Harald Cederlund |; third place

Younger Shut-up Photographer of the 12 months (entrants aged 17 or below)

© Nathan Benstead |; 1st place

© Nathan-Benstead |; 2nd place

© Anton Trexler |; third place