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2020 ZEISS Photography Award: Call for Entries

Simon Skinner - 4 weeks ago

The 2020 ZEISS Photography Award has announced that it will be encouraging photographers to shed a light on new discoveries with the theme of ‘Seeing Beyond – Discoveries’ photographers entering are asked to enter five to ten strong images that align with the narrative of discovery.

© Michela Carmazzi, Italy, Shortlist, 2019 ZEISS Photography Award.
© Michela Carmazzi, Italy, Shortlist, 2019 ZEISS Photography Award.

The ZEISS Photography Award has been running annually, alongside the Sony World Photography Awards, and is an international photography competition that challenges photographic artists to submit bodies of work responding to a selected theme. Entrants for the 2020 program have until February 4, 2020 13.00 [GMT] to submit their entries.

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

The 2020 theme ‘Seeing Beyond – Discoveries’ challenges photographers to use their camera as a tool to explore and question the world. Throughout time humans have thrived on making discoveries, whether it be a personal revelation, a scientific and technological breakthrough, or an idea that has led to social change. The ZEISS Photography Award provides the opportunity for artists to put a spotlight on these new, unseen discoveries in life. All submissions must be accompanied by a supporting statement outlining the story behind the body of work.

© Rory Doyle, United States of America, Winner, 2019 ZEISS Photography Award.
© Rory Doyle, United States of America, Winner, 2019 ZEISS Photography Award.

Rory Doyle’s series ‘Delta Hill Riders’ provided audiences with a visual insight into the subculture of African American cowboys and cowgirls in the rural Mississippi Delta, securing him a winning place in the 2019 ZEISS Photography Award, responding to the theme ‘Seeing Beyond – The Unexpected’.

Doyle said: “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.”

Key dates for your diary

  • 15 October 2019 [10.00 BST]: Competition open for entry
  • 4 February 2020 [13.00 GMT]: Competition closed for submissions
  • 31 March 2020: Shortlist and Winner announced
  • 16 April 2020: Sony World Photography Awards ceremony and gala dinner in London
  • 17 April to 4 May 2020: Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition of winning and selected shortlisted works at Somerset House, London

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About the author

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Simon Skinner

Co-founder // Editor

Having spent many years working in various pockets of the music industry, and always with a camera in hand, Simon has worked with organisations such as Warner/Chappell, Food Records and ultimately, co-founding the innovative independent record label, Izumi Records before moving fully into the world of publishing in 2007. Amongst numerous other projects in the last decade, he has been responsible for a number of specialist photo trade magazines and journals for the filmmaking and photography communities, along with a coffee table book entitled, "Great Britons of Photography' which he produced with Peter Dench and Leica. Now heading up PhotoBite, Simon and the team have set themselves a task of delivering informative and inspirational content for photographers of all levels, from the beginner, shooting with smartphones, to the seasoned photographer and filmmaker.

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