Macro photography truly is a unique form of art. It brings into focus the minuscule aspects of our world that are typically too small to notice or see. A typical and insignificant part of our day is suddenly given new life and vibrancy, providing a greater understanding of the smaller world that surrounds us. As the following images demonstrate, we can finally see the extraordinary details that were hidden before photography became possible.
2011 has been a great year for wildlife photography and there have been some amazing photos taken. Below is a collection of some of the best, from locations including the UK, US, Australia, Kenya, Ecuador and Ethiopia.