Zeiss Photography Award: Seeing Beyond – The Unexpected

  By Kaitlyn Kerr

Image by the 2018 Award Winner Nick Hannes

The Zeiss Photography Award 2019 is now open for submissions. Participants can submit a series of five to ten images, with descriptions, from now until February 8th, 2019. The theme for this contest is “Seeing Beyond – The Unexpected” and the jury is looking for a story of something unforeseen or surprising that is evident in the series of images. The theme is left open to wide interpretation, from political or conceptual ideas, to human expression or physical environments and landscapes.

A shortlist of fifteen people will be announced on March 26th, 2019. The winner will be announced on April 9th, with the award ceremony taking place on April 17th, 2019, as part of the Sony World Photography Awards in London. Last year, almost 90,000 photos were submitted by 12,000 photographers from 140 countries. The winning photos will be on display at Somerset House in London, along with a selection of shortlisted photos.

The winner will receive Zeiss camera lenses of their choice worth up to 12,000 euros ($18,000CAD), as well as 3000 euros ($4500) to cover travel costs for a photo project.

This year’s jury is comprised of three international experts in the photographic industry, including Simon Frederick, former lead judge on the series “Masters of Photography;” Shoair Mavlian, Director of Photoworks; and Dagmar Seeland, photo editor and writer at STERN Magazine.

Contest ends February 8th, 2019 at 2:00 PM CET.

For full contest details, or to enter, visit the Zeiss website.



Kaitlyn is a craft beer enthusiast and self-labelled film nerd. Suitably, she is one of the hosts of Calgary's Beers & Cameras meetup group. She also drinks too much coffee and wants to see too many places. When not helping coordinate events or exploring whatever city, town, or backroad she can, she also works as a freelance photographer and assistant.