The Winner has been chosen!
With his ongoing photo series ‘Delta Hill Riders’, American artist Rory Doyle gives stunning insights into Afro American cowboy culture – and breaks with old stereotypes.
Rory Doyle started documenting the life of Afro American cowboys and cowgirls in 2017. Since then, his pictures provide absolutely outstanding insights into this mostly unknown community. Although one in four cowboys after civil war was African American, the white John Wayne stereotype dominates the public perception of this culture, even today. With his project, Rory Doyle wants to raise public awareness for this community.
Photographers from over 150 countries submitted nearly 58.000 images for this year’s contest under the theme “Seeing Beyond – The Unexpected”. To be understood in its broadest sense, "The Unexpected" challenged 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.
Six more bodies of work were put onto the competition’s shortlist.
The ZEISS Photography Award is jointly organized by ZEISS and the World Photography Organisation.
On April 9, 2019, we announced the shortlist with the best photo series and the winner. The winner receives attractive prizes: ZEISS camera lenses of his choice worth a total of 12,000 euros, and 3,000 euros to cover travels costs for a photo project. The award ceremony will take place on 17 April 2019 as part of the Sony World Photography Awards in London. The winning photos plus a selection of those shortlisted will be on display at Somerset House in London. The winner will attend the opening of the exhibition. ZEISS will also invite the winner to visit company headquarters in Germany. There he will get a peek behind the scenes at ZEISS and have ample opportunity to test out ZEISS lenses for themselves. The winner will also have the chance to collaborate directly with ZEISS and the World Photography Organisation.
The submitted photographs were judged by a renowned jury that is composed of three international experts from the photography industry. The jury evaluated both the photographic quality as well as the creativity of the works. The jury was particularly looking for a powerful story that is clearly recognizable in the images.
Simon was the lead judge on Sky Arts series “Master of Photography”, co-hosting with Hollywood royalty Isabella Rossellini. His portraits, made during the filming of the TV series “Black Is The New Black”, made history as the largest acquisition of African-Caribbean sitters by the National Portrait Gallery. Simon's new series “They've Gotta Have Us” aired on the BBC in October 2018 and he has made portraits of these cinematic legends too. Simon was honoured to be recently profiled amongst 2018's 100 'Most Influential Black Britons' in the category of Media, Publishing, & Entertainment.
Shoair Mavlian is director of Photoworks and is responsible for curating the 2018 Brighton Photo Biennial. From 2011-2018 she was Assistant Curator, Photography and International Art at Tate Modern, London, where she curated multiple major exhibitions including ‘Shape of Light: 100 Years of Photography and Abstract Art’ (2018), 'The Radical Eye: Modernist Photography from the Sir Elton John Collection' (2016) and 'Harry Callahan' (2013). While at Tate Modern she also researched acquisitions and curated displays from the permanent collection including ‘Dayanita Singh’ (2017) and 'Lynn Cohen and Taryn Simon' (2017). Recent independent curatorial projects include the exhibition 'Don McCullin: Looking Beyond the Edge' (Les Rencontres d'Arles, 2016).
Dagmar has worked as an editor and photo editor for a variety of lifestyle magazines before joining the German weekly STERN in 1999 as a photo editor for the magazine itself and other titles in the STERN group. There she enjoyed the opportunity to work with and commission some of the biggest names in photography, and to discover and nurture a host of new talent. As a writer herself she is particularly passionate about photography’s role in storytelling, and truly understands the process and collaboration that is required to make visual ideas work.
- 22 November 2018, 11am CET: Competition open for submissions
- 8 February 2019, 2pm CET: Competition closed for submissions
- 9 April 2019: Release of the shortlist and announcement of the winner
- 17 April 2019: Award ceremony and gala dinner London
- 18 April to 6 May 2019: The winning photo series and selected photos from the shortlist 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
"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
"After winning the ZEISS Photography Award, I got a lot of requests from international magazines, also the big magazines. There was a lot of international attention, all of a sudden. This award really stimulates you to do what you do, to continue working."Nick Hannes, Winner ZEISS Photography Award 2018