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The ZEISS Photography Award "Seeing Beyond" is an international photography contest, launched in collaboration with the World Photography Organisation in 2016. 

The contest offers professional photographers and ambitious amateurs the opportunity to showcase their talent to a distinguished jury and international audience. Each year, the ZEISS Photography Award "Seeing Beyond" will have a different theme which photographers are free to interpret.


The 2018 ZEISS Photography Award is now closed. Thank you to everyone who entered, and good luck! The winners will be announced on the 3rd April, 2018. 




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.

Dazzling Winners (Exhibition)