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CEWE Photo Award

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

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 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”.


Over €250,000 in prizes to be won

The CEWE Photo Award is a photo competition free to enter and open to anyone over the age of 18. Your photos will be judged by a panel of recognised industry experts, journalists and professional photographers.

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 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 2023 to submit multiple photos so don’t forget to submit any new photos you take before the competition closes.

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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