ZEISS Photography Award

2019 ZEISS Photography Award opens for entries

Ambitious photographers around the globe are invited to enter their work on the topic of “Seeing Beyond – The Unexpected” by 8 February 2019.

OBERKOCHEN/Germany, 2018-11-22.

ZEISS and the World Photography Organisation invite photographers worldwide to enter the 2019 ZEISS Photography Award. Now in its fourth year, the ZEISS Photography Award is an international photography competition that challenges photographers to submit bodies of work addressing a selected theme. The 2019 brief is today revealed as “Seeing Beyond - The Unexpected” and the work will be judged by experts in the photograph industry including Simon Frederick (Artist, Photographer and Filmmaker, UK), Shoair Mavlian (Director, Photoworks, UK) and Dagmar Seeland (Picture Editor, STERN Magazine, Germany).

The jury are looking for photographers to push their creative boundaries by responding to the brief with exceptional images and a strong narrative. The Award is free to enter at www.zeiss.com/zpa19 and the deadline is February 8, 2019 at 13.00 GMT.

The 2019 winner will receive €12,000 worth of ZEISS lenses, €3,000 to cover travel costs for a photography project and the opportunity to personally work with ZEISS and the World Photography Organisation. An award ceremony will take place on 17 April 2019 in London. The winning photos plus a selection of shortlisted works will be exhibited at Somerset House in London from 18 April - 6 May 2019. ZEISS will also invite the winner to the company headquarters in Germany, where they will get a peek behind the scenes of the ZEISS world and the opportunity to get to know its lenses.

A shortlist of up to 15 photographers for the 2019 ZEISS Photography Award will be revealed on March 26, 2019, with one winner announced on April 9, 2019.

Nick Hannes, 2018 ZEISS Photography Award winner comments: “Winning the Zeiss Photography Award 2018 for ‘Garden of Delight’ has given great extra visibility for my project, both through repetitive online publications and through portfolios in the regular media and on photography platforms. Several of the artworks have become widely-recognised due to the attention brought by the Award.”


2019 brief: Seeing Beyond – The Unexpected


To be understood in its broadest sense, "The Unexpected" challenges photographers to submit a series of 5 - 10 images that look past the everyday and address something unforeseen or surprising – whether this is through the landscape and the physical environment, through human expression, emotion and interaction, through political or social causes or something more conceptual. The 'unexpected' element could be of global or very personal 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 supporting statement outlining the story behind the work.


Key Dates


  • 22 November 2018: Competition open for submissions
  • 8 February 2019 (13.00 GMT): Competition closed for submissions
  • 26 March 2019: Shortlist announced
  • 9 April 2019: Winner announced
  • 17 April 2019: Award ceremony and gala dinner in London
  • 18 April to 6 May 2019: Exhibition of winning and selected shortlisted works at Somerset House, London


The ZEISS Photography Award is a joint collaboration between ZEISS and the World Photography Organisation. For more information please visit www.zeiss.com/zpa19 and follow us on social media: @WorldPhotoOrg, @ZEISSCameraLenses (Instagram and Facebook), @ZEISSLenses (Twitter) and #ZEISSPhotoAward.

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“Winning the ZEISS Photography Award 2018 has given great extra visibility for my project”: Last year’s winner Nick Hannes from Belgium wowed the judges with his photos series “Garden of Delight” on leisure and consumerism in Dubai. ©Nick Hannes, Belgium, 2018 ZEISS Image Download

Jörn Leonhardt
ZEISS Consumer Products
Phone: +49 7364 20-4694
joern .leonhardt @zeiss .com





About ZEISS

ZEISS is an internationally leading technology enterprise operating in the fields of optics and optoelectronics. The ZEISS Group develops, produces and distributes measuring technology, microscopes, medical technology, eyeglass lenses, camera and cinema lenses, binoculars and semiconductor manufacturing equipment. With its solutions, the company constantly advances the world of optics and helps shape technological progress. ZEISS is divided up into the four segments Industrial Quality & Research, Medical Technology, Consumer Markets and Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology. The ZEISS Group is represented in more than 40 countries and has over 50 sales and service locations, more than 30 manufacturing sites and about 25 research and development centers around the globe.

In fiscal year 2016/17 the company generated revenue approximating €5.3 billion with around 27,000 employees. Founded in 1846 in Jena, the company is headquartered in Oberkochen, Germany. Carl Zeiss AG is the strategic management holding company that manages the ZEISS Group. The company is wholly owned by the Carl Zeiss Stiftung (Carl Zeiss Foundation).


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Consumer Products

ZEISS Consumer Products combines the company's business with camera and cine lenses, binoculars, spotting scopes and hunting optics. The unit is represented at sites in Oberkochen and Wetzlar. ZEISS Consumer Products is allocated to the Consumer Markets segment. In fiscal year 2016/17 the segment generated revenue of €1.1 billion with around 9,770 employees.








About the World Photography Organisation

The World Photography Organisation is a global platform for photography initiatives. Working across more than 180 countries, our aim is to raise the level of conversation around photography by celebrating the best imagery and photographers on the planet. We pride ourselves on building lasting relationships with both individual photographers as well as our industry-leading partners around the world. The World Photography Organisation hosts a year-round portfolio of events including the Sony World Photography Awards, one of the world’s leading photography competitions, and PHOTOFAIRS, international art fairs dedicated to photography with destinations in Shanghai and San Francisco. For more details see www.worldphoto.org






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