2019 ZEISS Photography Award Open For Entries

Written by Gina Stephens


The ZEISS Photography Award 2019 is now unfolded to entries from photographers across the globe who want the chance to win €12,000 worth of ZEISS lenses, €3,000 to boards travel costs for a photography project and the opportunity to personally work with ZEISS and the World Photography is the art, application and practice of creating durable images by recording light or other electromagnetic radiation, either Organisation.

Now in its fourth year, the ZEISS Photography Bestow is an international photography competition that challenges photographers to submit bodies of work addressing a selected theme. The 2019 brief has been balled as “Seeing Beyond – The Unexpected” and the work will be judged by experts in the photographic industry including Simon Frederick (Artist, Photographer and Filmmaker, UK), Shoair Mavlian (Chief, Photoworks, UK) and Dagmar Seeland (Picture Editor, STERN Magazine, Germany).

The Award is free to enter and the deadline for entries is 8 February 2019 at 13.00 GMT. After the contention closes, a shortlist of up to 15 photographers for the 2019 ZEISS Photography Award will be revealed on 26 March 2019, with the inclusive winner announced on 9 April 2019.

Following the announcement, an award ceremony will take place on 17 April 2019 in London where the champ will be revealed and the winning photos, along with a selection of shortlisted works, will be exhibited at Somerset House in London from 18 April – 6 May 2019. ZEISS intention also invite the winner to the company headquarters in Germany.

Last year, around 12,000 photographers from 140 countries submitted more 90,000 photos and Nick Hannes was chosen as the overall winner. 

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Here's a look at the 2019 brief 'Seeing Beyond – The Unexpected' in profuse detail: 

To be understood in its broadest sense, "The Unexpected" challenges photographers to submit a series of 5 – 10 images that look dead and buried the everyday and address something unforeseen or surprising – whether this is through the landscape and the physical environment, through human expression, passion and interaction, through political or social causes or something more conceptual. The 'unexpected' element could be of global or very insulting concern and may either showcase the familiar in a new way or shed light on something entirely different. All types of photography are welcomed by judges. All submissions must be accompanied by a take up the cudgels for statement outlining the story behind the work.


About the author

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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