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2020 ZEISS Photography

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The ZEISS Photography Award is a joint collaboration between the World Photography Organisation (creators of the Sony World Photography Awards and PHOTOFAIRS) and ZEISS. For more information please visit and follow us on social media: @WorldPhotoOrg, @ZEISSCameraLenses (Instagram and Facebook), @ZEISSLenses (Twitter) and #ZEISSPhotoAward.

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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 ‘The Unexpected’. Doyle comments; “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."

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The ZEISS Photography Award is an international photography competition that challenges photographic artists to submit bodies of work responding to a selected theme. For its fifth edition, the ZEISS Photography Award today announces the theme of “Seeing Beyond - Discoveries”. Photographers entering the competition are asked to enter five to ten strong images that align with the narrative of discovery. The competition is free to enter at and the deadline is February 4, 2020 13.00 (GMT). 


The theme “Seeing Beyond - Discoveries” tests photographers to use their camera as a tool to explore and question the world. Throughout time the human race has 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.



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