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ZEISS Photography Award Open For Entries

Photographers are invited to submit their photo series to the second round of the ZEISS Photography Awards.

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ZEISS Photography Award Open For Entries :


The ZEISS Photography Award, a competition that gives photographers the chance to showcase their skills before a renowned jury and an international audience, is now open for entries 

Photographers from around the world should submit a series of 5 to 10 images they think capture the 'Meaningful Places'  theme at no later than 7 February 2017. The winner and a shortlist will be announced in March 2017, and an award presented to the winner in April 2017. 

"We have decided to stick with last year’s theme so that we can continue telling the story," says Winfried Scherle from ZEISS. "'Meaningful Places' truly lets your creativity and personal take on the theme roam free." Different perspectives are just as welcome as free interpretations: "You can present places with social or historical significance, or personal, emotional or aesthetic value – or even all of the above."

Scott Gray, CEO, World Photography Organisation, adds: "The ZEISS Photography Award challenges photographers by asking them to consider a theme that has purposefully been designed to be interpreted in multiple ways. The high quality of entries received in the inaugural year has set the benchmark and I look forward to seeing the creative responses from photographers worldwide to the theme."



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


  • ZEISS camera lenses to the value of €12,000
  • €3,000 travel expenses to complete a photography project of his/her choice
  • The opportunity to work individually with ZEISS

The winning photographer will also be flown to London to attend an awards ceremony and their images, as well as a selection of other photographs from the competition, will be exhibited at Somerset House, London from 21 April -  7 May, 2017 during the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition.


Previously, ZEISS teamed up with the World Photography Organisation to run the 'Seeing Beyond' photography competition

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