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CEWE Photo Award 2021

A global online photography competition free to all

The 2021 contest is now closed for entries

Visit our gallery to view all winning entries!

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.

Our 2021 contest has now come to a close with over 600,000 entries submitted from photographers across 170 countries. Our jury panel has shortlisted these down to 1,000 winning images and you can explore the full gallery below.

Missed your chance to enter? Don't worry - the contest will return in May 2022 for its fifth edition.


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

Our Ten Category Winners

With each category bringing a wealth of photographic talent, we are able to showcase some of the most beautiful sights our world has to offer. From a herd of elephants in the wild to a tiny dandelion seed captured in lockdown, the wonders you shared were plentiful! Not only can you discover more about each of our category winners in our new online gallery, you can also view the top 1,000 images across all categories, as selected by our judging panel. Happy viewing!


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.

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Winner of 2019’s CEWE Photo Award Photo Competition

Overall Winner & Animals Category Winner

German photographer Ina Schieferdecker came out on top in our photo competition with this truly unique image of a squirrel. This is what the judges had to say about her photo:

This image is the perfect combination of everything a good photo needs: an original idea, design and technique, even with a dab of humour thrown in. A real winner with symmetry, pastel colours and excellent technique. Artistically, Ina’s work utilises the beauty of symmetry: the stem of the flower divides both the whole image and the figure of the squirrel positioned behind it vertically into two identical sections. The focal point of the image is definitely the blue flower which hides the squirrel’s nose. Besides adding a touch of “visual humour” to the scene, this gives the image a formal gravity despite its snapshot character. As is so often the case with strong photography, this is due to the balanced proportions and the restriction to just a few extremely expressive pictorial elements which form the harmonious whole. The pale yellow background, blurred and without identifiable shapes forms an ideal backdrop against which the squirrel’s thin whiskers stand out clearly and sharply. The photographer has placed perfect focus on the squirrel’s eyes and the fur on its front. Ms Schieferdecker has achieved this consummate harmony of idea, strategy, design and technique which is the hallmark of truly outstanding photography.

CEWE Photo Award 2019 Awards Gala

Our CEWE Photo Award 2019 winners were honoured in a special gala and awards ceremony that took place at the Natural History Museum in Vienna. Here’s your exclusive glimpse into the evening!