2019 Laowa Photo Contest

The 3rd Laowa Photo Competition has officially come to an end. Thank you all very much for your active participation and contribution. This year, the competition is divided into 3 categories: Macro photography, Wide-angle photography and Non-Laowa lenses photos as one category. There was a tremendous amount of interest from all over the world. After two long months of nominating and voting, we can finally announce the 25 winners. Let’s take a moment to appreciate the amazing winning photos!


  • Gold Prize (1 winner):  USD 1,400 voucher for purchasing Laowa products, winner trophy and contest commemorative book
  • 1st Prize (2 winners for Laowa lens category, 1 winner for non-Laowa lens category): USD 565  voucher for purchasing Laowa products, certificates, and contest commemorative book
  • 2nd Prize (3 winners for each category): USD 350 voucher for purchasing Laowa products, certificates and contest commemorative book
  • 3rd Prize (4 winners for each category): USD 140 voucher for purchasing Laowa products, certificates and contest commemorative book
  • Honorable Mentions (200 mentions in total): Contest commemorative book and certificate

*More details can be found here.

Gold Prize

© Roman Willi

Wide-Angle Lens Category

1st Prize

© Barbara Seiberl-Stark

2nd Prize

© Cesare Malatesta

© Barbara Seiberl-Stark

© 老粗

3rd Prize

© J.S. McElvery

© Dominik Gehl

© 海邊青人

Macro Lens Category

1st Prize

© Carrot Lim Choo How

2nd Prize

© Mikhail Omelko

© Roman Rys

3rd Prize

© Nadav Bagim

© Timothy Dykes

© 南哥

Non-Laowa Lens Category

1st Prize

© Mark Anthony Agtay

2nd Prize

© Sherwin Flores

© Julio Castro Pardo

3rd Prize

© Petar Sabol

© Nic Bruegger

Copyright information

  • All the Photos must be clicked by the participant themselves and must have all the rights of the photograph(s). You are the only copyright owner and creator of the photographs, team entries aren’t allowed.
  • The photographs do not infringe upon the copyrights or any other intellectual property rights of any third person or entity, or violate any person’s rights of privacy, does not include trademarks owned by third parties or violate any other law. Each person depicted in the photograph has granted permission to you. If the organizer of the competition is subject to a third party’s infringement claim for the use of the entry, resulting in penalties, economic or reputational damage, the result shall be borne by the provider of the work.
  • Copyright of the images will remain at all times with the photographer. By submitting an entry, you delegate your right for use to the organizer of the competition.
  • For entries, copyright holders grant the Venus Optics unlimited non-exclusive use of high-resolution images for activities in all media, including social media, online and print, in relation to the contest and all promotional activities without any remuneration being due.
  • Winners may benefit from competition-related activities. We will ask the winner for permission and pay the according fee before using the photos for commercial purposes.

Terms and Conditions

  • Don’t allow any conduct of plagiarism. Do not submit photos repeatedly under different names. Once the above behaviors are discovered, entries will be removed from the contest and the author will be blacklisted for long-term suspension.
  • Laowa reserves the right of final interpretation. By submitting an entry, you agree to the contest rules and our terms & conditions. Any participants and photos violent the rules will be disqualified.
  • Prize winners can purchase any products at Laowa’s official store with the voucher. If the total price of the selected products is lower than the amount of the cash coupon obtained, the remaining amount will not be refunded; when the total price of the selected product exceeds the cash coupon amount, the winner will bear the excess.
  • Winners need to submit the product model application by themselves. Products models and coupon value references are only based on the price announced by Laowa’s official store.