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ZEISS Photography Award

The ZEISS Photography Award "Seeing Beyond - Untold Stories" is an international photography contest, launched in collaboration with ZEISS in 2016. 

The contest offers professional photographers and ambitious amateurs the opportunity to showcase their talent to a distinguished jury and global audience. 


The 2018 ZEISS Photography Award winner and shortlisted photographer have now been announced. 'Garden of Delight', a stunning photography series by Belgian photographer Nick Hannes, is the overall winner. 

Information about the 2019 competition will be available soon. Sign up for our newsletter to make sure you don't miss out! 



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 

“For more than 125 years, ZEISS lenses have been writing history: they are creative tools for the most sophisticated photo and film artists and they documented pioneer achievements of mankind, such as the first moon landing in 1969,” said Dr. Winfried Scherle, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the ZEISS Business Group Consumer Optics.

“With outstanding optical designs and inventions, such as the anti-reflective coating, the ZEISS foundation has created milestones in the history of photography. 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. Lenses are only a tool – the true value of the pictures is generated by the photographer and his creativity.

“Together with the World Photography Organisation we want to create a platform for photographers to show their art and their idea of creation to an interested public, and to pay tribute to that. This prize presents the exciting prospect for photographers to push their creative boundaries. That is why we look forward to presenting many ZEISS Photography Awards in the years to come.” said Scherle.

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