ZEISS Photography Award

"Seeing Beyond"

In coordination with the World Photography Organisation, ZEISS has decided that the 2020 ZEISS Photography Award will be our last contest of this format for the time being. At this point in time, we are unable to say whether or in what form the award will take place in the future. However, we explicitly do not rule out a continuation - true to the motto "Seeing Beyond".

We would like to thank all participants over the past five years for the outstanding work that we had the honour to review during the competitions. Above all, we would like to pay tribute to the photographers of the winning series:


Tamina-Florentine Zuch (2016)
Kevin Faingnaert (2017)
Nick Hannes (2018)
Rory Doyle (2019)
KyeongJun Yang (2020)

We would also like to thank our colleagues from the World Photography Organisation. We have been working together for a long time and we highly value them as a long-standing and trusted strategic partner. Together we have organised five great competitions that have inspired countless talented photographers from all over the world.

"Winning this award still feels like a dream, and I am glad not only because I’ve won, but also because now I know I’m not the only person who likes my images. I’m happy my photographs have been enjoyed by others, somehow they don’t seem as lonely anymore."

KyeongJun Yang, South Korea, Winner 2020

"I'm incredibly grateful for the ZEISS Photography Award because it provided me an opportunity to share the stories of my subjects with a global audience. Thanks to the award, my project was picked up by international outlets, and it really allowed me to share the photos with the world. I couldn't ask for anything more, particularly because my project features people who are often overlooked."

Rory Doyle, USA, Winner 2019

"After winning the ZEISS Photography Award, I got a lot of requests from international magazines, also the big magazines. There was a lot of international attention, all of a sudden. This award really stimulates you to do what you do, to continue working."

Nick Hannes, Belgium, Winner 2018

"Due to photo editors having seen my work through the news of winning the ZEISS Photography Award, my personal documentary work has since gone on to be printed in magazines and newspaper around the world. Winning the award helped secure more clients but, more importantly, my self-confidence as a photographer has certainly grown since the win."

Kevin Faingnaert, Belgium, Winner 2017

"The ZEISS Photography Award was a great opportunity for me because it opened up windows to exposure of my own work where I alone would have never gotten by myself."

Tamina-Florentine Zuch, Germany, Winner 2016