At PHOTOPIA Hamburg, the winners of the Blende 2022 were presented in the Blende Photo Gallery - Photoindustrie-Verband (PIV)

The Blende photo competition - Germany's largest photo competition in cooperation with print and online media - has been offering all photo enthusiasts a forum to demonstrate their photographic skills for almost 50 years. The two-stage competition is aimed at amateur and hobby photographers throughout Germany. In the categories "Character Heads", "Fascination Forest", "Macro Photography" and "Creative Reflections", the media partners first chose their favourites. Then the winners were forwarded to the national finals. A high-calibre jury of professional photographers, experts and industry representatives then determined the overall winners of the 48th Blende Photo Competition organised by the Photoindustrie-Verband (PIV). For the first time in 2022, an AI was used in addition to the expert jury in the judging of the Blende Photo Competition. The "Special Prize AI by Excire" is the first AI competition of its kind worldwide! All pictures submitted to the four main categories could additionally participate in the special category if desired. For this purpose, the Pattern Recognition Company GmbH with its Excire technology, an AI software for image management developed in Germany, could be won as a partner.

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Nicolai Brügger

Special Prize AI by Excire 2022
(1st place)

© Nicolai Brügger

John-Oliver Dum

Die Spinne die eigentliche eine Eule werden wollte ...
Blende Photo Competition
(1st place)

© John-Oliver Dum

Ella Rudisch

Unendliches Ich
Blende Photo Competition
(2nd place)

© Ella Rudisch

Michael Magulski

Sylter Original Der Kapitän
Blende Photo Competition
(3rd place)

© Michael Magulski

About the Photoindustrie-Verband (PIV)

The Photoindustrie-Verband (PIV), headquartered in Frankfurt am Main, is the central representation of interests for companies that are active with their products and services in the photo, video, imaging and image communication market. The association stands holistically for the topic "image" and sees itself as a driving force for the further development of the entire industry on a national and international level. The association is a supporting member of CIPA (Camera & Imaging Products Association), Japan, and is the conceptual sponsor of PHOTOPIA Hamburg.