Get the European long-distance hiking trails in professional focus.

The art of photography is most beautifully reflected in the images of professional photographers. We are calling for professional photographers from Europe and beyond to submit their most beautiful images of the immediate surrounding of both the E1 (Foot) and R1 (Bike) European long-distance trails for a competition.

A jury of professional experts will pick the winner, taking artistic and aesthetic aspects into consideration.

Both cash and gifts of a total value of approximately 30,000 € will be given out amongst the winners of each individual category, as well as the overall winner. The winning works, along with 40 nominated works, will be presented to the public in an exhibition following the awards ceremony in August 2018. A winners’ publication will also be compiled, in which a selection of works by the winner and nominees will be published. Further publications will occur through the press, as well as through online mediums like Facebook, Instagram and on the website.

Four categories for the E1|R1 Professional Photographers Award

Professional photographs can submit their works in four categories. A series between three and four scenes can be submitted per category.

“Culture and Landscape” Category. Both the E1 and R1 tracks run the length and breadth of European culture and landscape, literally. Countless opportunities to depict the tracks left by civilisation in a multi-faceted way arise amongst urban development and hinterlands, architecture and natural monuments.

“Man and Nature” Category. The “Soul of a Country” often finds expression in the character of its inhabitants.  What makes up the individual people inhabiting the 18 neighbouring countries, through which both long-distance trails run and how do they interact with nature? This is a matter of capturing expressions and personalities.

“Sky and Earth” Category. Weather phenomena by the North Cape, seas of flowers in the Netherlands and monumental landscapes in Switzerland are only three of the most obvious subjects along the two European long-distance trails that tempt professional photographers – all of that and even more so a unique glimpse of “Heaven and Earth” is the subject of this category.

“Animals and Nature” Category. Anyone that wanders through nature by foot or with a bike comes especially close to flora and fauna. This category asks for the capturing of lively images of sightings and encounters with animals and plants, indigenous to the areas along the E1 and R1 long-distance tracks.

Submissions are open until the 31st March 2018. Upload your photos to the Professional Award now!
See the terms and conditions for participation for professional photographers.