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Deadline: May 30, 2025
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CEWE Photo Award – the world’s largest photo competition

CEWE Photo Award – the world’s largest photo competition

From Europe to the world, the CEWE Photo Award started as “Europe is beautiful.” The CEWE Photo Award today inspires people across all national borders to use their photography to exchange ideas about the beauty of our world under the motto “Our world is beautiful”. This wide range of perspectives creates the opportunity to honour the most beautiful of all photos.

The CEWE Photo Award is international and inclusive. It enables photography enthusiasts from all over the world to tell their stories, regardless of age, nationality or experience. As a charitable photo competition, it serves solely to promote photography culture and also generates donations for a good cause. With this responsible approach, the competition creates a framework that protects rights and values ​​photographs. The CEWE Photo Award is well networked and deeply anchored in a community of ambitious photographers, a committed jury and Europe-wide photo festivals.

Contest Prize & TERMS

PRIZE DETAILS: 1,000 prizes with a total value of over 250,000 euros
More information can be found here: Not eligible to enter? - Find contest where you are.

COPYRIGHT: Privacy policy

We, CEWE Stiftung & Co. KGaA (hereinafter referred to as CEWE), appreciate your visit to our website and your interest in our CEWE photo competitions.

CEWE respects your privacy. All data collected is used to improve our services. Data protection and data security for users are a high priority for CEWE. The protection of your personal data throughout our business processes is therefore of particular concern to us.

In accordance with Art. 13 of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), this privacy policy explains what information we at CEWE collect during your visit to our websites and when you participate in photo competitions and how this information is used. However, the declaration does not apply to websites of other companies that contain a link to our pages or to which our websites link.

1. collection and processing of personal data

When you visit our websites, our web servers temporarily store access data by default, i.e. the IP address of your access, the session ID to identify your connection session and the date and time of your visit. This data is deleted at the end of your visit in accordance with legal regulations. In addition, personal data is only stored if you provide it to us voluntarily, for example when registering for our photo competitions, submitting your photos to a photo competition, reporting content or completing a survey. You will be informed about the purpose of data collection in the respective entry and contact forms.

2. transmission of data via the Internet

Sensitive data, such as log-in, password or address data, are transmitted exclusively via encrypted connections (HTTPS / SSL) and stored on security servers.

3. note on data transfer to third countries

To ensure the high availability of our customer service, we are occasionally supported by service providers outside the scope of the EU GDPR. We have concluded contracts with the service providers with EU standard contractual clauses and regularly ensure that our very high data protection requirements are also met in full.

4. making contact

You have the option of contacting us in several ways: By e-mail, by telephone or by post. When you contact us, we use the personal data that you voluntarily provide to us in this context. This is done solely for the purpose of contacting you and to be able to process your enquiry properly.

When contacting us by telephone, there are no costs higher than the transmission costs according to the basic rate.

5 Use and disclosure of personal data and purpose limitation

We use the data you provide to process the CEWE photo competitions. Your data will be used in accordance with the applicable data protection regulations solely for the purpose associated with the respective collection and to safeguard our own legitimate business interests, in particular the technical administration of the websites. Only if you have given us your prior consent will we also use this data for product-related surveys and marketing purposes. You can revoke any consent you have given at any time with effect for the future.

In this context, CEWE commissions other companies and individuals with the fulfilment of sub-tasks. These service providers have access to personal information that is necessary for the fulfilment of your tasks. However, you may only use this information for these purposes. We have obliged our service providers to handle the information in accordance with the relevant data protection laws and our data protection declarations. Personal data will only be transferred to state authorities within the framework of mandatory legal provisions. The data you provide will be disclosed to private third parties - for example other organisers (partners) of a photo competition - for the purpose of communicating the prize and processing the prize dispatch. Any further disclosure of your data to private third parties will only take place with your express consent.

Our employees are obliged by us to maintain confidentiality and to comply with the relevant data protection regulations.

When you register for the newsletter, your e-mail address will be used for our own advertising purposes until you unsubscribe from the newsletter. We use the data required for this or separately provided by you to regularly send you our e-mail newsletter. Unsubscribing from the newsletter is possible at any time and can be done via a link provided for this purpose in the newsletter.

According to the applicable data protection regulations, you have a right to free information about your stored data and, if necessary, a right to correction, blocking or deletion of this data.

6. use of cookies

We use so-called cookies on various pages to enable you to use certain functions when visiting our website and to make it more attractive.

Cookies are small text files that are stored on your end device. Some of the cookies we use are deleted again at the end of the browser session, i.e. after you close your browser (so-called session cookies). Other cookies remain on your end device and enable us or our partner companies to recognise your browser on your next visit (persistent cookies). Further information and individual cookie settings here.

When accessing the pages, the user is informed about the use of cookies for analysis purposes and their consent to the processing of the personal data used in this context is obtained. To fulfil our legal obligation, we use the consent management solution from Usercentrics, which stores your consent on the basis of Art. 6 para. 1 lit. c) EU GDPR in order to comply with the documentation obligations pursuant to Art. 7 para. 1 EU GDPR.

You can set your browser so that you are informed about the setting of cookies and decide individually whether to accept them or generally exclude cookies. If you do not accept session cookies, the functionality may be restricted.

7. collection of anonymous user data

On this website, web analysis technologies from Adobe Systems Inc. and Google Inc. (web analysis technology Google Remarketing) are used to collect and store data for marketing and optimisation purposes on the basis of Art. 6 para. 1 lit. a) and Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f) EU GDPR, from which user profiles are created using pseudonyms. These user profiles are used to analyse visitor behaviour and are evaluated in order to improve and tailor our offering. The pseudonymised user profiles are not merged with personal data about the bearer of the pseudonym without the express consent of the person concerned, which must be given separately. Further information about the individual marketing and analysis cookies can be found here.

Further information on terms of use and data protection can be found here:

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8. youtube

Our website uses the provider YouTube LLC, 901 Cherry Avenue, San Bruno, CA 94066, USA, represented by Google Inc, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA, for the integration of videos. YouTube videos are integrated via an extended data protection mode, which means that no personal data is analysed by Google when you visit our website.

When you click on the video, your IP address is transmitted to YouTube and YouTube learns that you have watched the video. We have (no knowledge of and no influence on) the possible collection and use of your data by YouTube. You can find more information in YouTube's privacy policy at If you are logged in to YouTube, this information will also be assigned to your user account. If you do not want this assignment, you can log out of your user account before accessing the video

9. safety measures

CEWE uses extensive technical and operational security measures to protect your personal data managed by us against misuse, accidental or intentional manipulation or access by unauthorised persons. Our security procedures are continuously improved in line with technological developments.

10. rights of data subjects

When processing your personal data, the EU General Data Protection Regulation grants you certain rights:

1. right to information (Art. 15 EU GDPR):

You have the right to request confirmation as to whether personal data concerning you is being processed. If this is the case, you have a right to information about this personal data and to the information listed in detail in Art. 15 EU GDPR.

2. right to rectification (Art. 16 EU GDPR):

You have the right to demand the immediate correction of incorrect personal data concerning you and, if necessary, the completion of incomplete personal data.

3. right to erasure (Art. 17 EU GDPR):

You also have the right to demand that personal data concerning you be deleted immediately if one of the reasons listed in Art. 17 EU GDPR applies in detail, e.g. if the data is no longer required for the purposes pursued.

4. right to information (Art. 19 EU GDPR):

If you have asserted the right to rectification, erasure or restriction of processing against the controller, the controller is obliged to notify all recipients to whom the personal data concerning you have been disclosed of this rectification or erasure of the data or restriction of processing, unless this proves impossible or involves a disproportionate effort.

You have the right to be informed about these recipients by the controller.

5. right to restriction of processing (Art. 18 EU GDPR):

You have the right to request the restriction of processing if one of the conditions listed in Art. 18 EU GDPR is met, e.g. if you have objected to the processing, for the duration of any examination.

6. right to data portability (Art. 20 EU GDPR):

In certain cases, which are listed in detail in Art. 20 EU GDPR, you have the right to receive the personal data concerning you in a structured, common and machine-readable format or to request the transfer of this data to a third party.

7. revocation of consent (Art. 7 para. 3 EU GDPR):

You have the right to withdraw your consent at any time. This means that we will no longer continue the data processing that we previously carried out on the basis of your consent. Your cancellation does not affect the legality of the data processing that has already taken place.

8. right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority (Art. 77 EU GDPR):

In accordance with Art. 77 EU GDPR, you have the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority if you believe that the processing of data concerning you violates data protection regulations. The right to lodge a complaint can be exercised in particular with a supervisory authority in the Member State of your habitual residence, place of work or place of the alleged infringement.

9. right to object (Art. 21 EU GDPR):

You have the right to object, on grounds relating to your particular situation, at any time to processing of personal data concerning you which is based on point (e) of Article 6(1) or point (f) of Article 6(1) GDPR pursuant to Article 21(2) GDPR.

The controller will no longer process the personal data concerning you unless the controller demonstrates compelling legitimate grounds for the processing which override your interests, rights and freedoms or for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims.

If your personal data is processed for direct marketing purposes, you have the right to object at any time to the processing of your personal data for such marketing, which includes profiling to the extent that it is related to such direct marketing.

11. data protection officer

If you have any questions about data protection at CEWE, please contact us:

CEWE Stiftung & Co. KGaA | Data Protection | Meerweg 30-32 | 26133 Oldenburg

Phone: +49 (0)441 404299 | E-Mail: [email protected]

Mrs Elwira Wall

Oldenburg, February 2024 USAGE RIGHTS: Permitted formats

9.1 The files must have a size of at least 1,080 x 1,080 pixels for uploading. Only the PNG, JPG and JPEG file format is permitted.

9.2 All photographs submitted must have been taken with a lens-based camera. Exclusively computer- or artificial intelligence-generated content is not permitted, and no artificially generated fills may be used in post-processing.

Submitted photographs may contain edits as long as these do not lead to significant changes to the image as a whole or alter the meaning of the image, do not introduce new information into the image or remove information from the image that was captured by the camera. The extent of the editing must be made transparent in the image description upon submission by the participant.

9.3 Each photograph submitted must also exist in its original size and format (JPEG, RAW or TIF). CEWE may request these from the participant to verify authenticity (see Section 12.5) and for publication in exhibitions and/or print media (see Section 12.1).

9.4 The participant holds the unrestricted copyright and rights of use to the photographs submitted. The images may not contradict the legal provisions of the country of origin, the legal provisions of the European Union or the personal rights of the persons depicted.

10.0 Newsletter

10.1 By participating in the competition, the participant agrees that CEWE may contact him/her by e-mail and print mailings by post for matters relating to the current competition as well as future and/or past competitions. This includes, in particular, information on the following topics: Duration, topic, prizes, content on the donation purpose, content on the jury and judging, participation, winners, winners' page, award ceremony, interviews and announcements.

10.2 You can unsubscribe at any time via a link contained in the newsletter.

11.0 Rights of the participants

11.1 Copyright: CEWE shall at no time acquire the copyright to the photographs of the participants.

11.2 Participants can manage their uploaded photographs via their personal user account.

11.3 Participants may withdraw photographs from the competition at any time by deleting the relevant photograph via their personal user account. This does not apply to photographs that are displayed on the "Winners" page after the judging process and/or have already been published under the conditions specified in section 12.1. The deletion - of the photographs selected by the judging and the photographs already published under the conditions specified in Section 12.1 - shall be carried out by CEWE at the request of the participant.

12.0 Rights of the organiser

12.1 Right of use: By participating in the competition, the participating person grants CEWE and the companies affiliated with CEWE within the meaning of Section 15 of the German Stock Corporation Act (AktG) an irrevocable, spatially unlimited and perpetual right of use to use the submitted photographs for PR work. This is done exclusively in connection with this photo competition or future photo competitions - including subsequent communication in which the participant has taken part - and includes the possibility of publication, reproduction, reproduction and distribution for the purpose of non-commercial self-promotion and self-presentation of CEWE. The title of a photograph may be translated to make it easier to understand. When CEWE publishes submitted photographs, the participant's full name will always be stated as the author. The authorisation includes the use of the submitted photographs for the following purposes:

The judging of the CEWE Photo Award.
The presentation of the winners.
The CEWE Photo Award ceremony.
The presentation of the services of CEWE photo competitions.
Publication on all media channels of CEWE and the companies affiliated with CEWE - online and offline - for example websites, print, Out of Home, newsletters and in social networks (including adaptation to the format of the respective channels if necessary).
The presentation in exhibitions and the auctioning of exhibits for a good cause.
Inclusion in publications, including publications by third parties in press reports.
Publication in a CEWE PHOTOBOOK for the CEWE Photo Award, which may be passed on to third parties for the purpose of advertising the CEWE Photo Award.

Any further commercial use requires the separate consent of the participant.

The publication of photos within the scope of the publication conditions is free of charge.

12.2 CEWE reserves the right, at its own discretion, to exclude persons from participating in the competition and to deny them any prize if there are justified reasons. These reasons may include the following in particular:

Violations of these conditions of participation
Unfair trading
Manipulations aimed at improving the chance of winning or comparable advantages
False or misleading statements by the participant before, during and after the competition (for example in connection with registration as a participant, during the submission of photographs and in statements following the competition).

12.3 CEWE reserves the right, at its own discretion, to exclude submitted photographs from the competition and to delete them if there are justified reasons for doing so. This may include the following cases in particular:

Submissions that deviate significantly from the thematic guidelines.
Submissions that are alienated with frames, watermarks or vignettes.
Submissions that violate the law, glorify violence, pornography, racism or other offences or are contrary to public decency or are intended to manipulate the competition.
Submissions that were created with the aids mentioned in section 9.2 (e.g. artificial intelligence and other processing) and the use of these aids was concealed by the participant.

12.4 The participant will be informed separately by CEWE about the exclusion from the competition, the cancellation of the prize or the deletion of submitted photographs.

12.5 Should the question of the extent of editing of a submission arise in the course of the evaluation process, CEWE may request the participant to submit the original photo and the image file for review. If no original file is available, CEWE has the right to exclude the submitted photograph from further participation in the competition.

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