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CEWE Photo Award

A global online photography competition free to all

The 2023 contest is now open!

Enter up to 100 of your photos now or scroll down for more info on the CEWE Photo Award contest.

The largest free to enter contest of its kind in the world, the CEWE Photo Award manages not only to reach and connect photo enthusiasts across the globe but also to showcase and celebrate earth’s beauty.

Under the slogan “Our world is beautiful”, we’ve got ten different categories for you to submit your greatest photos to. Plus, CEWE will donate 10 Euro cents to our chosen charity, SOS Children’s Villages Worldwide, for each photo entered, meaning that just by taking part, you’re having a positive impact on the lives of children throughout the world.

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Over €250,000 of Prizes to be Won

The CEWE Photo Award is a photo competition free to enter and open to anyone over the age of 18, whether you’re a keen amateur photographer ready to show your work in your first major photo competition or an already established professional. With ten unique categories to enter, there’s nowhere better to share your work with the world.

Your photos will be judged by a panel of recognised industry experts, journalists and professional photographers. Their focus above all will be on the quality of the photograph and how well the photo fits the chosen category in the photo contest.

1st Prize – A holiday of your choice worth €15,000; €7,500 of photography equipment; €2,500 of CEWE products; and an award presented to you personally at a special awards ceremony in Germany.

2nd to 10th Place – €5,000 of photography equipment and €2,500 of CEWE products.

11th to 30th Place – €2,500 of photography equipment and €1,000 of CEWE vouchers.

31st to 1000th Place – A voucher worth €100, redeemable across the full CEWE product range.

The CEWE Photo Award is the perfect place for photographers to show off their masterpieces. There’s over €250,000 in prizes up for grabs, including a €15,000 once-in-a-lifetime trip of your choice, as well as thousands in photography equipment and more! We’ve got ten unique categories for you to get inspired by, so whether mother nature is your muse or you’re a keen sports photographer, there’s something for everyone with a passion for getting behind the lens.
What’s more, we’re once again working closely with SOS Children’s Villages, a charity supporting disadvantaged children across the world. CEWE will be donating €0.10 for every free entry into our photo competition.

The Ten Categories Are…






Architecture & Technology

Cooking & Food


Hobby & Leisure

Aerial Photos

Every entry into our free photo competition will help children across the world

Once again, we’re proud to be working in close association with SOS Children’s Villages International. For every photo entered into our photo competition, we’re going to be donating ten Euro cents to their amazing cause. SOS Children’s Villages is an independent global charity that works to improve the lives of some of the most disadvantaged children across the globe.

As a non-governmental and non-denominational body, their work is reliant on donations and support from sponsors. CEWE has been in partnership with them since 2013.

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

How to enter your photography…


Head on over to the contest page and create an account.

Upload your photo(s)

Hand-pick your very best photographs to be uploaded.

And you’re done!

Don’t forget, you can enter up to 100 photos into the CEWE Photo Award.

Winner of the CEWE Photo Award 2021 Photo Competition

Overall Winner & Landscapes Category Winner

Our World is beautiful - photographer Manfred Voss from Germany has best captured the beauty of our world with his outstanding photo "Frozen Lighthouse". The jury came to a clear conclusion, as this unique shot shows in an unrivalled way that even when the world is in flux, beauty emerges. The choice to shoot early in the morning in unique soft lighting, the wonderful variation in tone, the perfect crop using the classic golden ratio and the warm-yellow light from the lighthouse proudly contrasting with the otherwise icy-blue cool tones all combine to create the perfect shot. The photographer has elicited something very special from the scene and created this magical mood and quality we see in the photo. CEWE Photo Award juror Ulla Lohmann summed up the magic of this photograph: "It looks like something from a fairytale". With this extraordinary photograph, Manfred Voss from Germany was able to win not only the "Landscapes" category but ultimately also the overall victory.

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