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ZEISS Photography Award for Photographers Worldwide, 2019

The World Photography Organisation and ZEISS are pleased to launch the second edition of the ZEISS Photography Award ‘Seeing Beyond’, with the theme “Meaningful places”. The competition was established by ZEISS to challenge photographers worldwide.

One winning photographer will be awarded €12,000 worth of ZEISS lenses, €3,000 travel expenses to complete a dream photography project in the location of their choice plus a trip to London to attend the Sony World Photography Awards ceremony to receive their prize.

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Photographers have until February 8, 2019,  to submit a series of 5-10 images responding to this year’s brief:

The 2019 Brief 
Following on from last year’s hugely successful inaugural edition, which attracted entries from 116 countries – from Albania to Zimbabwe, the theme for the 2019 ZEISS Photography Award ‘Seeing Beyond’ is “Meaningful places”. Photographers are asked to look past the ordinary and the “every day” to capture extraordinary aspects of the world we live in, by documenting the importance of one or several places that bear significance to each other.

The award is free to enter and will be judged by the following industry experts:

  • Jürgen Schadeberg Dr.(h.c.) Photographer
  • Claire Richardson – Picture Editor, Lonely Planet Traveller
  • Sarah Toplis – Commissioning Executive,? Space

Closing date: February 8, 2019-12.59:59 pm


One winning photographer will be awarded €12,000 worth of ZEISS lenses in addition to €3,000 travel expenses to complete a photography project of their choice in the location of their choice. This could be your dream photographic trip to document the landscapes and environment of a certain place or highlight a social issue that is close to your heart and you believe needs highlighting.

Images produced during this trip will be showcased across all World Photography Organisation platforms and social channels, giving unparalleled exposure to an engaged and enthusiastic photography audience. The overall winner will be interviewed by the World Photography Organisation editorial team and featured as the lead image on the homepage after the announcement. Runners-up will also have a chance to showcase their work on the blog.

The ZEISS Photography Award ‘Seeing Beyond’ was created in response to both the World Photography Organisation and ZEISS’ commitment to providing further opportunities for photographers.

2019 Theme: “Seeing Beyond”

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