German Youth Photo Award

A national competition for photography and imaging

The German Youth Photo Award (Deutscher Jugendfotopreis) is organised by the German Centre for Youth and Children's Films (Deutsches Kinder- und Jugendfilmzentrum - KJF) and is financed by the Federal Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (Bundesministerium für Familie, Senioren, Frauen und Jugend). Existing since 1961 it is one of the most important photography contests for young non-professional talents in Germany.

Thousands of young photographers participate in the competition every two years. A variety of formats (digital, print, photo books,...) are submitted, showing a wide range of subjects, techniques and skill levels.

Note: Participants must be resident in Germany.

A panel of renowned photo experts and former participants (see "Jury") chooses the best entries in the different categories:

  • Open Competition - divided into four age groups: up to 10 years, 11-15 years, 16-20 years, 21-25 years
  • Annual Theme
  • Experiments - for digital and crossmedial works

The winners have their pictures exhibited and receive prizes totaling an amount of more than 10,000 Euros during the award ceremony.

Several exhibitions of award winning photos are available for lending (see "Ausstellungen").


Please don't hesitate to contact us, if you have any questions or would like to pass a comment on the German Youth Photo Award.

Deutsches Kinder- und Jugendfilmzentrum (KJF)
Jan Schmolling | Director of Deutscher Jugendfotopreis

Küppelstein 34
42857 Remscheid

phone: +49 (0)2191-794234