Events Worldwide

"The power of language in images"

photographic competition
May until November 2006
world-wide call
Bild KulturAs part of the project “The power of language”, we are holding an international photographic competition entitled “The power of language as image”. You are warmly invited to capture and depict this “power” in a photograph.

A photographic competition forming part of a language project? That may sound strange at first. But in the 21st century, the photograph and its language have long since come to represent a global means of communication which can be decoded at many levels. Photographs are therefore probably a far more suitable way than all the estimated 7,000 living languages to depict “The power of language” in an international competition.

The task

What power does language have? How can language be used, but also abused? When is it a bridge? When is it a barrier? There are very many possibilities to realise the concept of “The power of language” in photographic form – and we are deliberately refraining from imposing any restriction. The worldwide consideration of the task and the photographic diversity of the depictions are intended to give expression to the many aspects of the subject. The submitted photographs will be assessed in terms of concept, design and originality of realisation.

The prizes

The prize-winning photographers will be rewarded as follows:
1st prize € 1,000
2nd prize € 700
3rd prize € 500
The winning photographs and a selection of the best work of other participants will be publicly exhibited at “The power of language” festival in Berlin. Furthermore, publication of the submissions in an exhibition catalogue is planned. In addition to the money prize, the top prize-winner will be invited to Berlin to the opening of the exhibition of the selected entries.

Information for participants

Subject: The power of language in image
Start: shortly
Deadline for entries: 30 November 2006
Jury decision and announcement: January 2007
Award of prizes: 14 June 2007 at the exhibition
Submissions soon on this website


Each participant may submit one photograph or photographic sequence or tableau on the subject. Black-and-white or colour images are possible. The photograph must be submitted only as a digital image file (JPEG file – JPG for short – with a minimum resolution of 300 dpi and a maximum format of 10x15cm). Prints or negatives are not permitted. To submit the photograph(s), it is necessary to use the online form, which is coming soon.

Who can take part?

Our competition is not aimed solely at professional photographers and members of photographic associations, schools, academies or colleges. All amateur photographers are also warmly invited to participate in the competition. The assessment criteria (concept, design, realisation) take account of the diversity of competitors.


will be shortly presented

The photographic competition "The power of language in images" is presented by PHOTONEWS

Publication on "The Power of Language"

A multimedia publication reflects the role of language in a globalised world.

Online-Publikationen zu „Die Macht der Sprache“

ergänzend zu der im Langenscheidt Verlag erschienenen Buchpublikation „Die Macht der Sprache“.