Photography competition “Confidence in the future”

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Germany is a strong country at the heart of Europe. Employment is at record levels, the country has a balanced budget, and invests more than ever before in education and research. Moreover, Germany continues to hold firmly to European ideals and accepts its responsibilities. Clearly, the country can look with confidence towards the future. Nonetheless, it is also confronted by significant economic, social and cultural challenges and needs to face up to them with cosmopolitanism, dynamism and new ideas. The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung is committed to accompanying this process and strengthening people’s confidence when confronted by change. In situations such as these, it is essential that people have faith in their abilities to master the challenges they face.

The Foundation not only aims to accompany change and boost confidence in the future in Germany, but also through its offices in all of the countries in which it works.

We invite all young photographers to send us your images displaying “Confidence in the future” in the country in which you live. How you choose to represent this theme in your photography is up to you.


You have complete creative freedom in your choice of image – you can opt for reproductions of objective realities or entirely subjective positions, a portrait, a staged situation, documentation, a snapshot or collage. Whatever you choose, we are certainly looking forward to your submission!

The competition is open to entrants between 14 and 29 years-of-age.

Entrants are permitted to submit a maximum of one photo in the JPEG format; the photo must have been taken on or after 1 January 2016.

Interested parties participate in the competition by sending an e-mail on or before 30 April 2017 containing a photo and further details to the following address:

The entrant’s email needs to include the following information: the entrant’s full name, address, gender, age and nationality, the name of the location where the photo was taken, the date when the photo was taken and a brief description of the image.

Important: the JPEG file must not be larger than 10 MB in size; the email (text and attachment) must not be larger than 12 MB.

You can find everything else you need to know in the Terms and Conditions.


The best photographers will receive the following prizes:

  • 1st place: EUR 1,500
  • 2nd place: EUR 1,000
  • 3rd place: EUR 500
In addition, further prizes worth a total of approximately EUR 1,000 will also be awarded, including gift vouchers and the travel guide “Cadenabbia und der Comer See”.

Deadlines and judging

All submissions must be made electronically on or before 30 April 2017. Judging is scheduled for May/June 2017. The winners will be announced shortly afterwards.

Transfer of rights and payment

By submitting an image, the entrant agrees to provide the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung with the right to use the image for all purposes, including online and in print, without the need to seek prior permission. The decision to use a submission can be taken immediately or in the future.

If the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung decides to use a submission, the entrant has the right to receive a single lump sum payment of EUR 50.00.

The Jury

The jury consists of five professionals who have been carefully selected and invited by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung to judge the competition. The jury’s decision is final.

  • Dr Hans-Jörg Clement, Deputy Head of the Department of Scholarships and Culture, Director of Culture and Trustee/Executive Director EHF 2010, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung
  • Barbara Klemm, photographer and press photographer
  • Juliane Liebers, camerawoman and photographer, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung
  • Dr Susanne Rockweiler, Deputy Director of the Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin and Director of the Department for Communication, Organisation and Education
  • Marco Urban, photojournalist
We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Civitas-Bernhard-Vogel-Stiftung for the generous financial support that it has provided to this competition..