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ZEISS Photography Award

Congratulations to Rory Doyle, who wins the 2019 ZEISS Photography Award with his series Delta Hill Riders, an ongoing series exploring the subculture of African cowboys and cowgirls in the rural Mississippi Delta. Read more about the winning and shortlisted series for this year's Award on our blogWorks from around the world were judged by Dagmar Seeland, Photo Editor and Writer, STERN magazine (Germany), Shoair Mavlian, Director, Photoworks (UK) and Simon Frederick, Artist, Photographer, Director and Broadcaster (UK).  Rory Doyle's Delta Hill Riders and a selection of the shortlist will be on show at the Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition at Somerset House, London, April 18 to May 6. Book tickets now

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For the 2019 ZEISS Photography Award recipients were 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 five to ten 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.

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 

“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.