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© Tamina Florentin Zuch, Germany, Winner, Zeiss Photography Award

In 2016, ZEISS launched a prestigious international photography contest in collaboration with the World Photography Organisation: the ZEISS Photography Award 'Seeing Beyond'.

It 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.


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.

2017 ZEISS Photography Award ‘Seeing Beyond’
Photographers have until February 7, 2017 to submit a series of 5-10 images responding to the 2017 brief: "Photographers are asked to look past the ordinary and the “everyday” to capture extraordinary aspects of the world we live in, by documenting the importance of one or several places that bear significance to each other."

Thank you to all those who entered the 2017 ZEISS Photography Award 'Seeing Beyond'. The competition is now closed. Winners will be announced on March 14th.


2016 winning and shortlisted images

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