Entries have opened for the Zeiss Photography Award, which is run by the World Photography Organisation and Zeiss.

The competition was established last year to challenge photographers worldwide with the theme ‘Seeing Beyond’. This year’s theme is  ‘Meaningful places’ and photographers have until 7 February 2017 to submit a series of  5-10 images  responding to this year’s brief. Photographers are asked to look past the ordinary and the ‘everyday’ to capture extraordinary aspects of the world we live in, by documenting the importance of one or several places that bear significance to each other. The award is free to enter and will be judged by three industry experts.

One winning photographer will be awarded with €12,000 worth of ZEISS lenses,  â‚¬3,000 travel expenses to complete a dream photography project in the location of their choice plus a trip to London to attend the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards ceremony to receive their prize. Images produced during this trip will be showcased across all World Photography Organisation platforms and social channels, giving unparalleled exposure to an engaged and enthusiastic photography audience. The overall winner will be interviewed by the World Photography Organisation editorial team and featured as the lead image on the homepage after the announcement. Runners-ups will also have a chance to showcase their work on the blog. In addition, the winning series, plus selected entries, will be will be exhibited at Somerset House, London from April 21 – May 7, 2017 during the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition.The winner and a shortlist will be announced in March 2017.

Full details of the Zeiss Photography Award, the Terms and Conditions of Participation, and applications forms can be found at www.worldphoto.org/zeiss-camera-lenses/2017/zeiss.