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ZEISS Photography Award

From characterful centenarians to flying cholitas, the winning and shortlisted images in this year's ZEISS Photography Award respond to discovering something new about our world and sharing those stories through engaging imagery. 

See the winning and shortlisted images here.

This year we challenged photographers to submit bodies of work responding to the brief “Seeing Beyond: Discoveries”. 

Throughout time the human race has been driven to make discoveries. This might be a personal revelation, a scientific and technological breakthrough or an idea that has led to social change - a new way of thinking that’s revolutionised our everyday lives. Since photography’s inception, many great individuals have seen the camera as a tool to explore and question the world, and used the power of the image to shed light on something new. 

While all creative responses are encouraged, submissions must actively explore the topic of the brief. The series should be between five to ten images, have a clear narrative that aligns with the brief (Seeing Beyond: Discoveries) and visual consistency. 

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2020 winning and shortlisted images

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2019 winning and shortlisted images

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2018 winning and shortlisted images

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2017 winning and shortlisted images

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2016 winning and shortlisted images

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125 years of expertise 

Since 1890, ZEISS lenses have been writing history: they are not only used by the most sophisticated photo and film artists, they also documented pioneer achievements of mankind, such as the first moon landing in 1969.

“With outstanding optical designs and inventions, ZEISS has created milestones in the history of photography”, says Jörg Schmitz, Head of ZEISS Consumer Products. “With our lenses, we enable photographers to achieve exceptional imaging performance. And with the ZEISS Photography Award, we are demonstrating our commitment to high-quality photography.”

For the ZEISS Photography Award, ZEISS has partnered with the World Photography Organisation to support ambitious and inspiring photographers from all over the world. “We are excited about the creativity and quality of the artwork we see in this competition every year. We feel honored for the opportunity to help these promising photographers advance their international careers,” says Schmitz.

Discover more about ZEISS here.