Stunning image of dramatic card game wins world's biggest photo competition

‘Warung Kopi’ by Ariani Dikye – Winner, People category and Overall winner of the CEWE Photo Award 2023
‘Warung Kopi’ by Ariani Dikye – Winner, People category and Overall winner of the CEWE Photo Award 2023 (Image credit: © Ariani Dikye/CEWE Photo Award 2023)

The winners of the world’s largest photography competition, the CEWE Photo Award, were announced at the Photopia festival in Hamburg, Germany, last week. 

Ariani Dikye won the People category and was also crowned overall winner – no mean feat considering that there were a total of 509,612 entries to the competition, celebrating the theme ‘Our world is beautiful’, from across the world. 

The winners were selected by a new jury for 2023, which featured seven members chosen for their photo expertise and different perspectives, and was chaired by world-renowned Swiss fashion and nature photographer Michel Comte.

“The ‘Our world is beautiful‘ motto is such an inspiration for me,“ said Ariani, who won a holiday of her choice worth €15,000, €7,500 of photography equipment and €2,500 of CEWE products. 

“The beauty of the world can be seen in so many different forms in life. The people, environment and animals are the things that add beauty in life – especially people because they have emotions and make the world smile. 

“Basically, the beauty is all around us. All we have to do is just look around and will find it. I always try to see the beauty in so many things that I see around me. So I always think that the world is a beautiful place.” 

Ariani‘s image froze a moment where people were meeting to play cards in a village in Bogor, Indonesia. 

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Winner, Landscapes category – ‘Doom’ by Marián Kuric. A volcano makes the perfect landscape shot, taken in Grindavik, Iceland.  (Image credit: © Marián Kuric/CEWE Photo Award 2023)

Winner, Nature category – ‘Collapsing Glacier’ by Christian Bovians. An impressive glacier break-off witnessed during a boat tour to the Aialik Glacier in Seward, Alaska. (Image credit: © Christian Bovians/CEWE Photo Award 2023)

Winner, Animals category – ‘Hand’ by Claudia Räss. Chimpanzee hands photographed in the Kibale Forest of Uganda, taken in Kibale Forest, Uganda.  (Image credit: © Claudia Räss/CEWE Photo Award 2023)

Winner, Sports category – ‘Triathlon’ by Rainer Köfferlein. The runners pass by clapping spectators cheering them on, taken in Munich, Germany.  (Image credit: © Rainer Köfferlein/CEWE Photo Award 2023)

Winner, Architecture & Technology category – ‘Crowd’ by Michael Kemter. People gather at Summit One Vanderbilt in New York City.  (Image credit: © Michael Kemter/CEWE Photo Award 2023)

Winner, Cooking & Food category – ‘Night workers’ by Clerio Back. Cooks taking their break from night work, taken in Balneário Camboriú, Brazil. (Image credit: © Clerio Back/CEWE Photo Award 2023)

Winner, Travel category – ‘Palmenhain’ by Hans Wichmann. Scenes on the banks of the Nile reminiscent of times 2,000 years ago, taken in Luxor, Egypt. (Image credit: © Hans Wichmann/CEWE Photo Award 2023)

Winner, Hobby & Leisure category – ‘The Pool’ by Karl Bordron. Time is suspended after this plunge, taken in France. (Image credit: © Karl Bordron/CEWE Photo Award 2023)

Winner, Aerial Photos category – ‘Y Crossing 4’ by Chin Leong Teo. A man crossing a street in Japan, taken in Tokyo, Japan. (Image credit: © Chin Leong Teo/CEWE Photo Award 2023)

About the competition

(Image credit: © CEWE)

The Cewe Photo Award is the world’s largest photography competition – for every photo entered, Cewe donates 10 cents to SOS Children's Villages worldwide, meaning the charity will receive €50,961 ($54,000/£44,200) this year.

Open to everyone from keen amateur photographers to established professionals, the competition aims to celebrate the best in photography across the globe. 

The category winners receive €5,000 worth of photography equipment and €2,500 worth of CEWE products. Those placed 11th–30th receive €2,500 worth of photography equipment and €1,000 worth of CEWE products. In addition, those who are placed 31st–1000th receive a £100 CEWE voucher.

There are 10 categories that budding photographers can enter – from aerial shots and animals to landscapes, cooking and food, highlighting the true beauty of our world. 

“This year’s winner conveys an authentic glimpse into everyday life in Indonesia with her magnificent shot,“ said Thomas Mehls, CEWE Board Member. 

“At the same time, she succeeds in capturing the beauty of the moment. Her motif perfectly reflects the motto of the CEWE Photo Award: 'Our world is beautiful.' 

“We are once again delighted by the unbroken enthusiasm for photography, which has repeatedly made the CEWE Photo Award the world's largest photo competition. 

“Furthermore, we are once again able to actively support SOS Children's Villages worldwide with a significant donation of over €50,000.”

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