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ZEISS Photography Award 2019: Brief announced

By Rita Álvarez Tudela | 5 months ago

Exclusive preview: 2019 brief revealed

Welcome to a new edition of the ZEISS Photography Award. Ahead of the competition opening on November 22, 2018 at 10.00 GMT, the 2019 brief is announced as “Seeing Beyond – The Unexpected.”

Photographers are asked for a creative response to the brief of "The Unexpected" that is driven by a strong and clear narrative. To be understood in its broadest sense, the brief 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.

With prizes including €12,000 worth of ZEISS lenses and €3,000 to cover travel costs for a photography project, photographers are encouraged to start preparing their entries. All types of photography are welcomed by the judges and all submissions must be accompanied by a supporting statement outlining the story behind the work. All submissions are free.


Competition opens: November 22, 2018 - 10.00 GMT.

Deadline: February 8, 2019 - 13.00 GMT.


The ZEISS Photography Award is jointly organized by ZEISS and the World Photography Organisation. Last year, a total of 87,593 images by 11,921 photographers from 146 countries and territories were submitted to the ZEISS Photography Award 2018. 

Read more about the ZEISS Photography Award 2018 winner and shortlisted photographers.


“Winning the Award has given great extra visibility for my project, both through repetitive online publications and through portfolios in the regular media and on photography platforms.” Nick Hannes, 2018 ZEISS Photography Award winner

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