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We invite you to take part in the Carl Zeiss Photo Contest 2012. Starting today and until January 15, 2013, anyone can submit a picture that has been taken with a ZEISS lens. It does not matter if the image has been created with an SLR reflex camera or a Nokia smartphone with a built-in ZEISS lens. (Terms of participation).

Carl Zeiss Photo Contest 2012 – “The moment that knows no limits”

The theme

“The moment that knows no limits” is the motto of the Carl Zeiss Photo Contest 2012. There are moments in life when suddenly everything is possible. In such a moment, nothing can hold you back – no routine, no comfort, no walls and no boundaries in this world. “We want to see moments that are so full of energy that they create room for something completely new,” explains Martin Dominicus, Head of Marketing at Carl Zeiss.

Such moments can happen anywhere in the world and in all areas of life, for example:

  • You or another person transcends a boundary that seemed insurmountable
  • The moment in which a door opens to a new world
  • The moment in which someone finally achieves a long-cherished wish
  • The moment in which someone rises above himself/herself or something can achieve much more than you believed
  • A moment of intense joy in which everything turns out OK.

 

“We intentionally chose to keep the theme relatively open so that photographers can interpret it in very different and creative ways. We are very curious what we will receive,” says Dominicus.

As in 2011, the contest can be followed on Flickr, the online photo community. Participants should upload their best image to the theme “The moment that knows no limits” on OFFICIAL Carl Zeiss Lenses Group on Flickr and tag it with the keyword ZEISSContest2012.

How it works

1. If you do not have an account with Flickr, you can create one here: http://www.flickr.com/signup/
(Note: Due to technical reasons at Flickr, photos of new members might be added to the group with a time lag.)
2. Join the OFFICIAL Carl Zeiss Lenses Group at: http://www.flickr.com/groups/carlzeisslenses
3. Tag your photo with the required keywords for lens, mount and topic.
Example: “Distagon T* 2,8/15“, ZE, Portrait
A list of the official Carl Zeiss tags can be found here: http://www.flickr.com/groups/carlzeisslenses
4. Tag the picture you want to submit for this contest with the keyword “ZEISSContest2012”.
5. Upload the image to the OFFICIAL Carl Zeiss Lenses Group.

Important! Only pictures that fulfill the following requirements will take part in the contest:

  • The image has the correct tag for the lens that was used (z.B. “Distagon T* 2,8/15“).
  • The image has the tag: “ZEISSContest2012”.
  • The image has been uploaded by the photographer to the OFFICIAL Carl Zeiss Lenses Group and has been accepted in the pool by our administrators.
  • The photographer has tagged only ONE picture with “ZEISSContest2012” and has uploaded the image into the group. If you submit multiple images, none of them will be considered. We expect participants to select their best image and to submit only that picture.

The terms of participation you will find here.

The jury

After January 15, a jury with Carl Zeiss employees and professional photographers will select the best images and nominate the photographers for the shortlist. The jury will evaluate both the idea behind the image as well as the execution. The jury will in particular look for images that have been consciously composed and that play with photographic stylistic elements. The most prominent jury member will be the light artist and photographer JanLeonardo Woellert. He knows all about moments that cannot hold him back: In his images, Woellert extends the boundaries of perception, sometimes even walking through fire. Woellert is the recipient of the “German Prize for Scientific Photography.” His clients include well-known global brands and pop bands.

The jury will award the highest amount of points to images that have been consciously composed and in which one can recognize a story. From the jury’s shortlist, the Flickr community will be invited to select the ten best photographers. The images that receive the most “favorites” on Flickr will win.

The prizes

1st prize: The latest rangefinder (ZM) or SLR lens (ZE or ZF.2) of the winner’s choice* as well as matching Carl Zeiss T* UV filter, Carl Zeiss Lens Cleaning Kit and Carl Zeiss Comfort Camera Strap
2nd prize: Carl Zeiss cinemizer OLED, Carl Zeiss Lens Cleaning Kit and Carl Zeiss Comfort Camera Strap
3rd prize: Sony DSC-RX100 camera and Carl Zeiss Lens Cleaning Kit
4th prize: Nokia Lumia 920 smartphone
5th prize: Logitech TV Cam, Carl Zeiss Comfort Camera Strap, Carl Zeiss knapsack, Carl Zeiss watch und Carl Zeiss umbrella
6th – 10th prizes: Carl Zeiss Comfort Camera Strap, Carl Zeiss knapsack, Carl Zeiss watch, Carl Zeiss umbrella and Carl Zeiss Lens Cleaning Kit

*except for the Distagon T* 2,8/15 ZM

39 Comments

  1. Andrej Jovanović

    Hi. I would like to participate in this contest, but I can’t find C/Y mount in the Mount Tags.
    I am using my Contax lenses on my Canon 5D Mk II via adapter and still concider my self a Zeiss lens user. Does this mean that I can’ participate?

    Reply
    1. ZEISS Camera Lenses

      Dear Andrej,

      Of course we would like you to participate in the contest :) You can still use the tag “C/Y”. We would also like to ask you to use “Contax” and “Carl Zeiss” as tags for your lens.

      And don’t forget the contest tag “ZEISSContest2012″ ;-)

      Thanks and best regards
      Carl Zeiss Lenses Team

      Reply
  2. Hi. I would like to participate in this contest, but I can’t find the Vario-Sonnar from the Sony R1 in the Mount Tags.
    Can I then just use
    “Vario-Sonnar T* 2,8-4,8/14,3-71,5″ or maybe
    “Vario-Sonnar T* 2,8-4,8/14-72″

    Reply
    1. ZEISS Camera Lenses

      Hi Andre,

      the first one that you mentioned is the correct tag of the lens. But as it isn’t in our list, we would like to ask you to also use “Carl Zeiss” and “Sony”. Thanks for your effort. :)

      Best regards,
      Carl Zeiss Lenses Team

      Reply
  3. Stephen

    It’s cool to know that non-SLR users can participate, but the list of tags in the Flickr group doesn’t indicate how I should tag, for instance, my Lumia.

    Reply
    1. ZEISS Camera Lenses

      Dear Stephen,

      If your Nokia smart phone has Carl Zeiss lenses in it (e.g. the Lumia 800, 900, 820 or 920), please use “Nokia” as lens tag.

      Thanks and best regards,
      Carl Zeiss Lenses Team

      Reply
        1. ZEISS Camera Lenses

          Dear razvan,

          As the N9 has a Carl Zeiss lens, you can of course participate in our contest. Please use “Nokia” and “ZEISSContest2012″ as tags for your photo.

          Thank you for being part of our contest! :)

          Best regards,
          Carl Zeiss Lenses Team

          Reply
          1. razvanovidiu

            i think i’ve uploaded my photo, but not sure. Can you confirm me. Thank you in advance

          2. ZEISS Camera Lenses

            Dear razvanovidiu,

            can you please send us a link to your photo on Flickr as a FlickrMail?

            Best regards,
            Carl Zeiss Lenses Team

          3. ZEISS Camera Lenses

            Yes it has been uploaded to the contest,
            Best Regards,
            Carl Zeiss Lenses Team

  4. Andie Margosutjahjo

    Just wondering if this contest also elligible for photograph taken with older Contax w/Carl Zeiss Lens?

    Reply
    1. ZEISS Camera Lenses

      Hi Andie,

      As we answered to Andrej Jovanović (first comment at the top), you can of course participate. Please use “Contax” and “Carl Zeiss” as tags for your lens. And don’t forget “ZEISSContest2012″ :)

      Thanks and best regards,
      Carl Zeiss Lenses Team

      Reply
    1. ZEISS Camera Lenses

      Dear Abdul,

      Please have a look at our Terms of participation. They state: “All equipment classes are possible – whether Logitech webcam, Nokia cell phone, Sony compact camera, Sony bridge camera (e.g. DSC-HX200V), SLR, rangefinder or medium format camera. What counts is that your picture was taken with a lens from Carl Zeiss.”

      Thanks and best regards,
      Carl Zeiss Lenses Team

      Reply
    1. ZEISS Camera Lenses

      Dear Ma Haoxuan,
      Please have a look at our Terms of participation. They state: “All equipment classes are possible – whether Logitech webcam, Nokia cell phone, Sony compact camera, Sony bridge camera (e.g. DSC-HX200V), SLR, rangefinder or medium format camera. What counts is that your picture was taken with a lens from Carl Zeiss.”
      Thanks and best regards,
      Carl Zeiss Lenses Team

      Reply
      1. Ma Haoxuan

        Thank you for your answer.To photographic exhibition need to pay participants fee?What conditions will limit the competition?To participants what requirements?Thank you very much.

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    1. ZEISS Camera Lenses

      Dear zainab,
      Please have a look at our Terms of participation. They state: “All equipment classes are possible – whether Logitech webcam, Nokia cell phone, Sony compact camera, Sony bridge camera (e.g. DSC-HX200V), SLR, rangefinder or medium format camera. What counts is that your picture was taken with a lens from Carl Zeiss.”
      Thanks and best regards,
      Carl Zeiss Lenses Team

      Reply
  5. What about filters like making the photo black and white with no photo touch ups!?
    Also, what about watermarks? Can we add them to the photo to be submitted?

    Reply
  6. Poulomi

    I wat to participate in the Contest. I have Sony Cybershot W35. I am unable to understand the tagging part. Can you plzz illaborate?

    Reply
  7. Giuseppe Distefano

    Ho caricato una foto scattata con SONY RX100 per partecipare al contest ed ho indicato i taga “SONY portrait ZEISSContest2012″ ma mi avete inviato un messaggio dove dite di indicare i tags corretti per il contest. Cosa c’è di sbagliato nei tags da me inseriti?
    Potreste darmi spiegazioni per permettermi di essere a posto?

    Reply
  8. Giuseppe Distefano

    I uploaded a photo taken with SONY RX100 to participate in the contest and I have indicated the tags “SONY portrait ZEISSContest2012″ but you sent me a message where you say you specify the correct tags for the contest. What’s wrong with the tags inserted by me?
    Could you give me an explanation for me to be in order?

    Reply
    1. ZEISS Camera Lenses

      Dear Giuseppe Distefano,

      correct tags would be Sony, portrait and ZEISSContest2012 as three separate tags without the quotation marks around. Please resubmit your photo. If it is rejected again please send us a PM on Flickr with a link to your photo.

      Best regards,
      Carl Zeiss Lenses Team

      Reply
    1. ZEISS Camera Lenses

      Dear Giuseppe Distefano,

      your photo was accepted. If there is stil a problem please write us a FlickrMail.

      Best regards,
      Carl Zeiss Lenses Team

      Reply
    1. ZEISS Camera Lenses

      Dear Mamun Sultan Nur,

      what seems to be the problem? Can you provide us with more details?

      Best regards,
      Carl Zeiss Lenses Team

      Reply
    1. ZEISS Camera Lenses

      Dear MagnuM,

      please have a close look at the “How it works” section of this article and follow the steps described there.

      Best regards,
      Carl Zeiss Lenses Team

      Reply
      1. Maggie

        hi Zeiss, may I know the dead line time of the 2012 photo contest voting? when of the Germany Berlin time? thanks and regards.

        Maggie

        Reply

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