Competition Winners

© Sanja Marusic

This collection celebrates the work of all winning photographers capturing life in its most vivid forms. These unique and international artists constitute the best of the photographic scene and we are very proud to share their work.

Theme: EMERGING TALENT July 2017

Winning Photographer Tessla Stuckey

Congratulations to Tessla Stuckey who's image "At the Disco" won the competition!

- Christian Pankratz, Ostkreuz Agency chief editor & Competition Judge:

"The editor team and I were impressed by the submitted photographs. It was quite difficult to pick, but in the end we all have chosen this image. We came to the point that in this photograph we can see an emerging photographer who could work for many different clients. Someone who's not only showing us a beautiful image, but a work with many layers in a contemporary style. We really enjoyed being introduced to so many talented photographers. Congratulations to all!"

Join us over on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter where we'll be sharing all our favorite images from the competition. Congratulations to all the talented photographers who made it to the final!


“After reviewing entries from photographers all over the world we are delighted to present the work of ten amazing photographers who’s visual voices stood out from an exceptional group of images. The selected photographs represent excellence in the photographic arts: Each one sharing a unique and distinctive vision, each one helping and inspiring us to expand our knowledge and understanding of our world”. – The Independent Photographer Editors.

– The Theme: Emerging Talent Award

The Emerging Talent Award was dedicated to bring exposure and discover the best upcoming photographers from all ages, background and making work in all photographic genres. Fine art, landscape, street, documentary, portrait, still life: There were no boundaries and we wanted you to release your creativity in as many inventive ways as you could imagine!

– The Judge: Christian Pankratz

Christian Pankratz is the Chief Editor and head of picture desk of the prestigious Ostkreuz Photo-Agency. Renowned for the quality of its photography, Ostkreuz’s voice and cultural position have been published in world leading magazines such as Die Zeit, National Geographic, Le Monde, GEO, or Time Magazine and it’s work has been celebrated by various institutions from the Goethe Institute to Amnesty International.

© Luis Fabini

Open to All Photography

Be part of a vibrant community: The competition award is a unique opportunity to gain exposure and provides a platform to celebrate the very best of contemporary photography.

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Deadline: 31 August 2017 THEME: DOCUMENTARY

© Telkov/Poteryaev

Documentary Photography is much more than the chronicle of events and environments.

It offers us the possibility to develop and share our ideas through any kind of storytelling. Capturing the essence of a situation, be it in professional photojournalism on social issues or through artistic pursuits allows us to engage and communicate our vision.

With a multitude of approaches ranging from real life reportage, photojournalism to amateur or artistic documentation: We want to discover and celebrate photographers believing in the photography of ideas.

We are looking for visual artists aiming to engage and take position, unique voices willing to share their stories with conviction and awareness. All approaches are valid:

Enter today and get discovered!

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