Photography Contest

ZEISS Photography Award 2020

ZEISS Photography Award 2020

Deadline |

CLOSED

Theme |

Seeing Beyond - Discoveries

Territory |

Worldwide

Eligibility |

18+

Entry Fees |

FREE

Prizes |

Equipment
Launched in 2016 by the World Photography Organisation and ZEISS, the ZEISS Photography Award rewards the world's most distinctive image-makers creating outstanding series showing their individual way of seeing the world.

Photographers are challenged to submit bodies of work responding to a particular theme. The 2020 brief is "Seeing Beyond - Discoveries" and the submissions will be judged by three experts in the photography industry. The ZEISS Photography Award seeks out to celebrate those photographers pushing the creative boundaries of the medium while demonstrating a strong visual narrative.

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.

For the 2020 ZEISS Photography Award photographers are asked to respond to the theme 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.

Epiphanies, inventions and transformations from the known to the unknown, we want to see something new. Submissions exploring the landscape, humans, science, political or economic changes, or even something more conceptual, are all welcome.

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.

Entrants can submit all different types of photography - be that in technique or subject matter. All submissions must be accompanied by a supporting statement which outlines the story behind the work.

Photo Gangfeng Zhou, China, Shortlist, 2019 ZEISS Photography Award