ZEISS Photography Award 2018

„Seeing Beyond – Untold Stories“

“The ZEISS Photography Award is now in its third year – and is calling on ambitious photographers from across the globe to present their work around the theme “Seeing Beyond – Untold Stories” to the international jury of experts. The focus of the photo series should be on stories that have not yet been told (or have not yet been told to the end). The theme “Untold Stories” can and should be understood in the broadest sense – the works can examine the familiar from a new perspective or cover topics that have not received much attention up until now. The goal is for photographers to push the creative boundaries and surpass themselves photographically.

The ZEISS Photography Award is jointly organized by ZEISS and the World Photography Organisation. Last year, around 4,700 photographers from 132 countries submitted more than 31,000 photos.”

10 October 2017 until 6 February 2018

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Participants are required to submit a series of five to ten photographs, including a description of the images, online. The submission period begins on October 10, 2017 and ends on February 6, 2018.

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The winner and the shortlist with up to ten photographers will be announced on April 3, 2018. The winners will receive attractive prizes, including ZEISS lenses of their choice with a total value of 12,000 euros as well as 3,000 euros to cover travel costs for a photo project. The awards ceremony will be held in London on April 19, 2018, as part of the Sony World Photography Awards. The winning photos and the selected photos from the shortlist will simultaneously be presented at the Sony World Photography Awards exhibition at the Somerset House in London, with the winner participating in the exhibition opening. In addition, ZEISS will invite the winner to the company’s headquarters in Germany. Here they will gain insight into the world of ZEISS and can familiarize themselves with ZEISS lenses. In addition, they will also have the opportunity to personally work with ZEISS and the World Photography Organisation.


Chris Hudson

Art Director, National Geographic Traveller, UK

Chris has worked in the travel and lifestyle publishing sector for over 10 years and has Art directed National Geographic Traveller since its launch in 2010. He has overseen several travel magazine launches and works with a wealth of travel photography talent across the globe. He is passionate about storytelling in imagery and communicating the 'you-are-there' moments that are captured throughout the world’s different cultures.

Patricia Morvan

Cultural Projects & Exhibitions, Agence VU’, France

After studying journalism at the French Institute of Press (IFP) and documentation at Paris 8 University, Patricia worked as an Editor for the daily newspaper Liberation in 1989 and 1990, then for Bayard Press the following two years. Patricia joined the Agence VU’, a photographers’ agency, in 1992. She started as the Photo Editor, then as the Photo Archives Manager. In 2006, she became the Cultural Projects & Exhibitions Director. She has been co-lead of the agency since May 2017 with Patrick Codomier. 

Peter Bas Mensink

Publisher, GUP Magazine, Netherlands

Peter was born in 1976, and started as a freelance image-editor for Dutch magazines. In 2005 he started GUP Magazine and have ever since been working as a chief-editor and publisher for all its platforms (print, online, social, events etc.). Peter is also an independent publisher of photo books and curate exhibitions every now and then. 

Key dates

  • 10 October 2017 Competition open for submissions
  • 6 February 2018 Competition closed for submissions
  • 03 April 2018 Shortlist and Winner announced
  • 19 April 2018 Award Ceremony and Gala dinner in London
  • 20 April to 6 May 2018 Photos exhibited at Somerset House in London

The ZEISS Photography Award was a great opportunity for me because it opened up windows to exposure of my own work where I alone would have never gotten by myself.

Tamina-Florentine Zuch, Winner ZEISS Photography Award 2016

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Tamina-Florentine Zuch, Germany, 2016 ZEISS Photography Award © Tamina-Florentine Zuch, Germany, 2016 ZEISS Photography Award

“Due to photo editors having seen my work through the news of winning the ZEISS Photography Award, my personal documentary work has since gone on to be printed in magazines and newspaper around the world. Winning the award helped secure more clients but, more importantly, my self-confidence as a photographer has certainly grown since the win.

Kevin Faingnaert, Winner ZEISS Photography Award 2017

More about Kevin

Kevin Faingnaert, Belgium, 2017 ZEISS Photography Award © Kevin Faingnaert, Belgium, 2017 ZEISS Photography Award