The world’s largest annual photo contest is open for entries – here’s the highlights from last year

Entries have now opened for the CEWE Photo Awards, the largest and most lucrative of the world’s photography competitions.

When submissions close next year, the panel of judges will award prizes worth more than €250,000 to 1,000 winners, including long haul holidays and high-tech camera kit. Categories range from nature and architecture to sport and technology, and in the current crisis organisers are encouraging entrants to find beauty in the small things under the theme ‘Our world is beautiful’.

Last year’s contest saw an unprecedented number of submissions – here are some highlights to help get your eye in…

‘The Bearded Hermit’ by Ondřej Chvátal – Tábor, Czech Republic

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(Ondřej Chvátal/CEWE Photo Awards/PA)

‘Urban Snapshots’ by Misa ATO – Montpellier, France

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(Misa ATO/CEWE Photo Awards/PA)

‘Funny Time’ by David Charouz – Rokycany, Czech Republic

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(David Charouz/CEWE Photo Awards/PA)

‘Window On Mont Blanc’ by Olivier Schmitt – the Alps, France

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(Olivier Schmitt/CEWE Photo Awards/PA)

‘Stepwell’ by Tor Olav Olsen – Jaipur, India

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(Tor Olav Olsen/CEWE Photo Awards/PA)

‘Izrael’ by Ronald Hilmer – Jerusalem, Israel

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(Ronald Hilmer/CEWE Photo Awards/PA)

‘Sleeping Koala’ by Ralph Haldimann – Zurich, Switzerland

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(Ralph Haldimann/CEWE Photo Awards/PA)

‘Sibling love’ by Sabine Doppelhofer – Graz, Austria

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(Sabine Doppelhofer/CEWE Photo Awards/PA)

‘Divided water’ by Morten Tellefsen – Bergen, Norway

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(Morten Tellefsen/CEWE Photo Awards/PA)

‘Timide’ by Stephane Delckié – Delhi, India

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(Stephane Delckié/CEWE Photo Awards/PA)

‘The Swim’ by Tibor Nuriev – Karcag, Hungary

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(Tibor Nuriev/CEWE Photo Awards/PA)

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