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CEWE Photo Award

A free-to-enter worldwide photography competition. Open to amateur and professional photographers alike.

The CEWE Photo Award 2025 is now open!

Unleash your creativity by submitting up to 100 of your breath-taking photos and you can win a share of €250,000 in prizes. Whether you’re a professional or an enthusiastic smartphone photographer, the contest is open to all. Under the motto “Our world is beautiful” we invite you to share your most beautiful photos.

The world’s largest free photography competition

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.

We’ve got ten different categories for you to submit your greatest photos to, all under the slogan “Our world is beautiful”.

Image: Manfred Voss, "Frozen Lighthouse" (CEWE Photo Award 2021 Overall Winner)


Over €250,000 in prizes to be won

The CEWE Photo Award is a photo competition free to enter and open to anyone who enjoys capturing the beauty of our world. Your photos will be judged by a panel of recognised industry experts, journalists and professional photographers.

The main prize is a unique trip worth 10000 euros, a voucher for photo equipment worth 5000 euros and a voucher for CEWE photo products worth 2500 euros.

The category winners each win a voucher for photo equipment worth 5000 euros and a voucher for CEWE photo products worth 2500 euros.

Our top 30 each win a voucher for photo equipment worth 2500 euros and a voucher for CEWE photo products worth 1000 euros.

Our top 1000 each win a voucher for CEWE photo products worth 100 euros.

Discover the ten categories to enter into the 2025 CEWE Photo Award

No matter what kind of discipline you follow with your photography, there’s a category for you to enter

Nature and Wildlife





Sport and Action

Travel and Culture

Street Photography

Close-up and Macro Photography

Cooking and Food

Young Talent Award

Are you between the ages of 16 and 25 years old? Do you have an eye to spot the extraordinary? Do you love taking photos? Then you have come to the right place. For the first time, we are expanding the CEWE Photo Award to include its own category- only for young people: The Young Talent Award. Enter here and become the first CEWE Young Talent.


Enter our free photo competition to help children worldwide.

For every photo submitted, we donate ten Euro cents to SOS Children’s Villages International. They are an independent global charity improving the lives of disadvantaged children. Visit their website to learn more.

How to submit your photos

Enter your photos in the CEWE Photo Award for free in 3 simple steps


Create an account through the CEWE Photo Award Portal to view other submissions and to keep track of your entered photos

Upload your photo(s)

Hand-pick your very best photographs to be uploaded. You can submit up to 100 photos.

And you’re done!

You have till May 2025 to submit multiple photos so don’t forget to submit any new photos you take before the competition closes.

Increase your chances of winning!

From the photos entered into our CEWE Photo Award, each month a winner will be selected from our monthly theme for our ‘UK Photo of the Month’. The winner will win a £100 CEWE voucher.*

For May, the theme is "The Great Outdoors". If you have a breathtaking photograph of the outdoors, why not enter it into the CEWE Photo Award and automatically stand a chance to win the "UK Photo of the Month" award?


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