Photography Competition and Opportunity to Win Paid Travel Trips for London and Germany
The World Photography Organisation

Photography Competition and Opportunity to Win Paid Travel Trips for London and Germany

United Kingdom 04 Feb 2020


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The World Photography Organisation and ZEISS announced the ZEISS Photography Award 2020. The ZEISS Photography Award rewards the world’s most distinctive image-makers creating outstanding series showing their individual way of seeing the world.  

Photographers are challenged to submit bodies of work responding to a particular theme. The 2020 brief is “Seeing Beyond – Discoveries” and the submissions will be judged by three experts in the photography industry. The ZEISS Photography Award seeks out to celebrate those photographers pushing the creative boundaries of the medium while demonstrating a strong visual narrative.   

The Brief:

Throughout time the human race has been driven to make discoveries. This might be a personal revelation, a scientific and technological breakthrough or an idea that has led to social change - a new way of thinking that’s revolutionized our everyday lives. Since photography’s inception, many great individuals have seen the camera as a tool to explore and question the world and used the power of the image to shed light on something new. 

Epiphanies, inventions, and transformations from the known to the unknown, the judges want to see something new. Submissions exploring the landscape, humans, science, political or economic changes, or even something more conceptual, are all welcome.  While all creative responses are encouraged, submissions must actively explore the topic of the brief. The series should be between five to ten images, have a clear narrative that aligns with the brief (Seeing Beyond – Discoveries) and visual consistency. 

Entrants can submit all different types of photography – be that in technique or subject matter. All submissions must be accompanied by a supporting statement that outlines the story behind the work.

Judging Criteria:

The photo projects submitted to the 2020 ZEISS Photography Award are judged by a renowned panel composed of three international experts from the photography industry. Judges will be evaluating submissions on their technical expertise, visual storytelling, and creativity. It is important each series entered sticks to the 2020 brief: Seeing Beyond – Discoveries.


Winner of the ZEISS Photography Award receives:

  • A range of ZEISS camera lenses of their choice worth a total of €12,000.
  • €3,000 to cover travel costs for a photo project.
  • Flights and accommodation to attend the Sony World Photography Awards night and the exhibition opening in London in April 2020.
  • ZEISS will also invite the winner to their headquarters in Germany to enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of the factory and the chance to test out a variety of ZEISS lenses.
  • The winner will also have the chance to collaborate directly with ZEISS and the World Photography Organisation for future projects.

A selection of shortlisted series will also be on show at London’s Somerset House during the Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition. 

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