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Your Favourite Photography Competition Is Back

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After the storming success of last year’s contest, we’re thrilled to announce that our popular photography competition is returning for 2018 and 2019. This year it’s bigger and better than ever, with huge prizes to be won and four new categories to get inspired by. So dust off your lenses and charge your batteries, because you won’t want to miss out!

frozen lighthouse by Markus Busch
Photographer: Markus Busch

The Biggest Photography Competition in the World

Last year’s photo contest exceeded all expectations, raking in over 183,000 submissions from amateur and professional photographers alike all across the globe. This made CEWE’s “Our World Is Beautiful” contest the biggest open-entry photography competition in the world. We couldn’t be more proud of these results!

We expected a strong response, but to end up hosting the largest photo contest in the world was a great surprise! The wide international reach of the contest with participants from 94 countries shows that the love of photography knows no bounds. Dr. Rolf Hollander, sponsor of last year’s CEWE photography contest.

After the success of last year’s competition, we wanted to give you even more opportunities to express your creativity. That’s why we’ve added four new categories to the competition, giving us a total of ten. So whether your best photography is inspired by sport, architecture, food or humour, there’s a category to suit your muse.

online photo contest entry
Photographer: Jacco van den Hoven

CEWE Photo Competition Prizes

After such a successful competition last year, we’ve gone all-out to provide you with our best prizes yet!

  • 1st The winner will be treated to a one-of-a-kind trip of their choice, worth 15,000 euros. They’ll also receive 7,500 euros worth of photography equipment and CEWE vouchers worth 2,500 euros.
  • 2nd to 10th place contestants will each win photography equipment worth 5,000 euros and CEWE vouchers worth 2,500 euros.
  • 11th to 30th place winners will each receive photography equipment worth 2,500 euros as well as 1,000 euros worth of CEWE vouchers.
  • 31st to 1000th place contestants will all receive CEWE vouchers to the value of 100 euros.

Exclusive UK Photo Competition Prizes

Here at CEWE UK, we’re excited to represent the very best of British photography. To encourage our local photo enthusiasts to grab their cameras, we’ll also be choosing monthly UK winners. We’ll be handing out some exclusive prizes just for UK entrants, so keep an eye on our blog and social media pages (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter) for updates.

UK photography competition
Photographer: Alan Humphries

What You Need to Know About Our Photography Competition

  • There will be ten inspiring categories this year; Landscapes, People, Animals, Nature, Travel and Culture, Architecture and Infrastructure, Food, Hobby and Leisure, Humour and Sport.
  • The CEWE Photo Award competition is open to everyone. We welcome professionals, hobbyists, amateurs and everyone in between to take part.
  • You can enter up to 100 photographs in total, so don’t worry if you just can’t choose which photograph is your favourite.
  • The competition will be running until 31st May 2019. So you’ve got plenty of time to plan and capture that shot of a lifetime!
  • This online photo competition is free to enter. You can sign up and upload your photographs.

The Photography Contest that Does Good

photo competition charity
SOS Children’s Villages

The CEWE Photo Award photography contest is proud to be supporting SOS Children’s Villages. This is an independent global charity, devoted to protecting and caring for children who have lost, or are at risk of losing, parental care. With a focus on building and preserving families, the charity’s aim is to ensure that no child grows up without love, respect and security.

SOS Children’s Village helps children all over the world, and is non-governmental and non-denominational.  Their work is reliant upon donations and support from sponsors, and CEWE have been in partnership with them since 2013.

We’re passionate about continuing to support this charity and the important work they do. That’s why for every submitted photo CEWE will donate ten cents to SOS Children’s Villages International. It’s a photography competition you can feel good to be a part of!

To learn more about SOS Children’s Villages and the work they do, you can visit their website.

Last Year’s Photo Contest Winners

With so many great reasons to get involved, here’s some inspiration from last year’s winners to get you started.

Category Winner: People

photo competition with CEWE
Photographer: Florian Bernhardt

The winning photo in the People category was taken by Florian Bernhardt from Germany. Our panel of judges were charmed by the sense of candid joy captured in the child’s eyes.

Category Winner: Traffic and infrastructure

photo competition uk
Photographer: Manh Ngoc Nguyen

Manh Ngoc Nguyen employed an inventive use of focus and blur to capture this intense image of a traffic conductor during the busy rush hour in the streets of Saigon.

Category Winner: Nature

free photography competition winner
Photographer: Terezie Fojtovà

Taken by Terezie Fojtovà from the Czech Republic, the winning photo of our Nature category shows a serene landscape interrupted by an almost comical addition of running sheep.

Category Winner: Sport

free photography competition winner
Photographer: Terezie Fojtovà.

For the winning photo in the sports category, Christoph Grubich combines perfect timing with beautiful visual elements. This image of his daughter diving into the pool is a testament to his technical skill and creative eye.

Category Winner: Architecture

amateur photography competition
Photographer: Ágnes Dudás

Ágnes Dudás from Hungary won over the jury with her image, which plays on the simplicity of the architecture and the stillness of the moment to create an image with strong visual tension.

Category Winner: Landscape and Overall Winner

cewe photography competition winner
Photographer: Janne Kahila

Janne entered this breath-taking photograph of one of his favourite places, the peak of Kalso Island in the Faroe Islands. Land and sea, light and shadows, and the contrast of a small chapel on a dramatic hilltop all came together to create this stunning, visually dynamic photograph. Our jury were particularly impressed by Janne’s ability to portray such a vast towering landscape in just one picture. Through his lens, we’re allowed to experience the beauty and majesty of the scene as though we’re there in person. It’s an impressive feat of both technical and artistic ability.

Janne a living example of why we’re so keen to keep our photo contest open to amateurs and professional photographers. With a day-job as a solution consultant working for a software company, Janne is a self-taught photographer with an undeniable talent for capturing beautiful landscapes.

So whether you’re a seasoned professional with decades of photography experience behind you, or you’re an amateur hobbyist with a natural talent, you’ve all got an equal chance of winning.

photo contest worldwide
Photographer: Gyula Hóhágyi

This is already shaping up to be our biggest competition yet, and we can’t wait to see all of your brilliant submissions.

You can enter your photographs and read more about our fabulous photography competition at our CEWE Photo Award homepage.

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Replies to “Your Favourite Photography Competition Is Back”

  • Toni Fernando says:

    I am really interested in such a contest! Thanks so much to the sponsors here and there! I know that I will not win any prize but will take part in the competition anyway. I have only a small Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS 8.0 Mega Pixels. I received this camera 9 years ago and started shooting from that point on. Most of the time I take flower shots as I love to look at all flowers in my way and like to do single flowers. I create photocards esp for Birthdays etc with the photos that get developed.
    I learn more and more have my eyes open and to be creative each day. I like it and it is my most favorite hobby! Thanks much for giving this opportunity of posting photos. I will take up this challenge… Even though I know that I will not be among the winners. I like to look at beautiful photography of others and I’m in Flickr already for some years and were before in the old Webshots. I’m part of a lovely established group of friends in Flickr where we built the group “Webshots” and it is Giving and Receiving all the time! Just a wonderful site to share and helps in one’s daily life and struggle. Thanks for this chance here to write my impression. Wish everybody lots of joy and fun in this wonderful contest of shooting wonderful pictures! Thanks to all sponsors! May it be a peaceful and happy contest! Thanks to everybody’s contribution to make it what it is: a lovely chance to share! Toni Fernando

    • Cherish Goldstraw says:

      Hi Toni! Thanks so much for your kind comment, we really enjoy meeting people who share our love for photography. Entering and engaging with like-minded people is half the fun!
      We also pick regular regional winners, so even if you don’t win the final prize, it’s still worth entering. You never know!

  • Ciska van Geer says:

    It is great to raad that Toni, my supporting friend for year already, now joins in this composition. Wish her good luck.

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