ZEISS Photography Award 2017

'Seeing Beyond - Meaningful Places'

ZEISS and the World Photography Organisation are delighted to open the second year of the ZEISS Photography Award. The competition gives photographers the chance to showcase their skills before a renowned jury and an international audience. The theme of the competition will be “Seeing Beyond – Meaningful Places.”


Participants are invited to submit their photo series for free by 7 February 2017 at http://www.worldphoto.org/zeiss-camera-lenses/2017/zeiss. In addition to lenses to the value of €12,000, the winning photographer will also receive €3,000 towards a photography trip of their choice.


This Year's Theme

“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."


Photographers from around the world should submit a series of 5 to 10 images they think capture the ‘Meaningful Places’ theme at http://www.worldphoto.org/zeiss-camera-lenses/2017/zeiss 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.

The Prizes

Submitted work will be judged by international experts across the world of photography including Claire Richardson, Picture Editor, Lonely Planet Traveller, Sarah Toplis, Commissioning Executive, The Space, and photographer Jürgen Schadeberg.


The winner can look forward to fantastic prizes: he/she will receive ZEISS camera lenses to the value of €12,000, €3,000 travel expenses to complete a photography project of his/her choice and have 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.


For more information about the ZEISS Photography Award 2017, click here!