The World Photography Organisation and Zeiss have announced the winner of the first Zeiss Photography Award. The inaugural “Seeing Beyond” competition was open to professionals and ambitious amateurs and had the theme Meaningful Places. Out of submissions by 3139 photographers from 116 countries, Tamina-Florentine Zuch from Hannover, Germany, was selected as the recipient of the award for her series Indian Train Journey. Zuch, a 25-year-old student in photojournalism and documentary photography, travelled in India by train last year, documenting her journey.
Zuch described the series, “Nowhere in the world do you find as many travelers making train journeys as in India. Every day, more than 20,000,000 people make a journey with this most vital method of transport. India has the largest rail network in the world, with connections to every far-flung corner of this vast country. It is possible for everyone in India to reach everywhere and anywhere. People from all regions, every language, all castes; each generation and tradition are mixed up in a human soup, stirred and heated and shaken together for hours, sometimes for days, in a huge, metal cauldron. Friendships develop, sometimes love, sometimes also tension. A journey on an Indian train is never boring. The changing times can also be noticed during a train journey through India. Bit by bit, the young of India are succumbing to Western influences. Young Sikhs take selfies; teenagers proudly display their branded jeans. India is a many-faceted jewel, which can be closely observed on a long train journey.”
Juror Steve Bloom said, “Tamina Zuch has an incredible eye for composition, light and a feel for the right moment. She combines these characteristics again and again in her pictures.” Zuch will be awarded 15,000 Euros-worth of Zeiss lenses of her choice.