“Reflections” Munich Photography Competition 2024

Theme Name: Reflection

Theme Description

This photography competition theme invites participants to capture the interplay of light and reflection in creative ways, whether through shimmering water, polished glass, or other reflective surfaces. There are no strict guidelines on subject matter; instead, embrace the challenge of transforming everyday scenes into extraordinary works of art that invite viewers to see the world in a new light.


Main Requirement

The submitted photo(s) must showcase reflections, which can be found in different places like calm water bodies, cityscapes, nature scenes, or even in self-portraits. Try to capture interesting compositions where reflections add beauty to the scene. You can experiment with long exposures for smooth reflections, or play with angles to create dynamic effects. Be creative and explore how reflections can convey emotions, tell stories, or symbolize ideas.


What do winners receive?

20 winning photos will be exhibited at the hotel WunderLocke (Gmunder Straße 27, 81379 Munich). Additionally, three participants will have the opportunity to win extra prizes (vouchers for content-filled workshop by renowned photographer and educator – Anita Nagypal). See Entry Guidelines below for further details on participation in the exhibition (printing, fees, etc.).


How to Submit

  1. Click “Upload Photo” at top left of this page.
  2. Create a (free) account under “Register”.
  3. Check your email for further registration info.
  4. Return to Bavaria Unseen competition page to log in.
  5. Upload your images.


Submission deadline

Monday, September 30th, 2024 (23:00 CET)


Frequently Asked Questions

Are photos taken outside Bavaria or Germany allowed for submission?
– Yes, they are allowed. Submitted photos can be taken anywhere and can depict scenes outside of Bavaria/Germany, as long as they fulfill the main requirement of the competition.

Are there any restrictions on the colors, composition, or style of the photos?
– The main requirement is that photos should prominently feature reflections. While there are no strict restrictions on colors, composition, or style, submissions should align with the overarching theme of “Reflection”.

Is post-processing (photoshopping) permitted? To what extent?
– Yes, post-processing is allowed, however submitted photo(s) with basic, simple editing are favoured. Submitted photos with “heavier” post-production may be considered if there are clear creative intentions behind it.

Are AI generated or modifies images allowed?
– This is a photo contest and AI generated images are not allowed.

Am I permitted to submit photo(s) taken before the competition start date (i.e. July 1st 2024)?
– Yes, this is permitted. It is not required that the submitted photo(s) be taken during the time frame of the competition submission period.

Minimum photo size?
– Images should be no smaller than 1MB and no larger than 10 MB. Images should be in one of the following formats: JPEG, PNG, TIFF or GIF.

How many photos can I submit?
– You can submit up to two photos.



Entry Guidelines

July 1st, 2024 to Monday, September 30th, 2024 (23:00 CET)
  • Entries and the persons depicted therein are restricted to works for which the entrant holds the copyright or for which the entrant has received the prior usage permission of the right holder.
  • The entrants are allowed to submit up to two photographs
  • The submitted images have to be in compliance with the requirements and conditions of the Theme Description.
  • Photos that have previously won a competition at the time of submission to our competition are ineligible for entry.
  • Before submitting a work, the entrant is responsible for taking all steps necessary to protect the right of publicity and other rights of persons depicted in the work, to avoid any problems related to the infringement of these rights.
  • Entries including content as follows may be disqualified at the organiser’s discretion:
    • Content that infringes on any laws, or is defamatory or libelous
    • Content that constitutes or encourages criminal behavior, leads to civil liability, or that otherwise violates laws
    • Commercial content that promotes products or services
    • Content in which animals were harmed or manipulated in the making of said content
    • Content that infringes on the copyrights, trademarks, contract rights, or other intellectual property rights of a third person or entity (whether individuals or companies), or violates rights of privacy or publicity, including: – recognizable trademarks owned by third parties (examples: billboards or signs on a street) – materials protected by third-party copyrights – names, likenesses, or other characteristics identifying celebrities or other public figures – entries containing screen credits (no watermarks, logos etc.)
The contest is open to all amateur photographers (i.e. non-professional photographers) of age 18+, regardless of age, gender, or nationality.

After all entries for the competition have been received, they will undergo the independent judging of each judge of a judge team. The single rankings of each submission, given by the judges, will then each be totalled up. The 20 highest rated submissions will be proposed for the exhibition, with the maximum rating of all as the main winner (1st place).


After the judging procedure, each winner will then be contacted by the organiser until October 15th, 2024 and be asked to confirm her/his participation in the exhibition.
In case a winner does not confirm his participation in the exhibition, the next winner submission in line will take its place in the exhibition.
  • Winners, who agree on their photo(s) to be shown in the exhibition, must bear the participation fee for competition/exhibition expenses plus own cost of printing and shipping of their work.
  • The participation fee depends on the size of the passe partout(s) and a share of general cost for, material purchasing and shipping and other competition and exhibition related costs. The fee can be expected approximately 30 EUR.
  • The organisation of printing of the images in sufficient quality in the given size has to be carried out solely by the winner. Costs of printing and shipping (if applicable) of the prints have to be paid on the winners’ own expenses and are not included in the participation fee.
The exhibition will officially end at January, 27th, 2025 and the participants will be asked to take back their print(s) afterwards. Place and time will be communicated in advance.
  • The entrant must be the sole author and owner of the copyright of all images entered. It is the legal responsibility of the entrant, and not the organisers, to ensure that they comply with these ownership and copyright requirements, and own the rights to reproduction of their images. The motifs must not contradict the legal provisions of the country of origin, legal provisions of the European Union or the personal rights of persons depicted.
  • Please note that the organiser may elect to suspend or postpone receipt of any or all entries if in its judgment the contest cannot be run smoothly, securely, or without affecting the fairness of the judging due to circumstances beyond its control, including but not limited to network failure, computer viruses, or unauthorised access to its servers.
  • Entrants are required to obtain the prior permission of the persons who are portrayed in their works or who hold the copyright or other intellectual property rights to the works or the items portrayed therein. Entrants also agree to fully indemnify the organiser and bear all responsibility for any complaints or objections that arise in relation to the above.
  • Entries that in the judgment of the organiser do not conform to the Entry Guidelines will be disqualified. Entrants will not be notified in this event.
The data sent in by entrants is only stored and used by the organisers for the administration of the competition. The entrant hereby expressly declares him or herself to be in agreement with this. Entrant has the right at any time to revoke their agreement to storage of the data at privacy(at)bavaria-unseen.net and thereby to withdraw their participation.
The personal data of entrants is necessary for the purposes of use below:
  • Notification of results to the winners
  • Informing matters related to the contest or exhibition
  • Contacting entrants regarding their entry
  • Announcement of winning works
The additional purposes of use that apply to the winners are as follows:
  • Notifying winners that they have won or telling them about the award ceremony (venue opening)
  • Announcing winning works
  • Publishing winning works as a form of archive
The names of winners may be published on websites, printed materials, or other materials related to the contest when introducing winning works. In addition, personal data might be used for identity verification should entrants wish to change or update their contact details.

Our Judge Team

Jan Siebert
Instagram: @jansiebertphoto
Jan Siebert
IG: @jansiebertphoto
Thorsten Naeser
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Thorsten Naeser
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Carmen Bergmann
Instagram: @carmenbergmannfotografie
Carmen Bergmann