2017: 2. Platz Torsten Thiele

You like to do photographs and are looking for a spectacular motif? A big amount of building stagings you will find only during Festival of Lights. All of these stagings are the basis of a perfect photo. When it is getting dark from 11th of October and world famous buildings and landmarks are shining during the blue hour than it is time for a trip with the camera.


Berlin becomes world biggest Open Air Gallery of the world!

This year the photo contest will take place from 11th until 10th of November. More than 100 locations will shine with more than 150 artistic pictures and amazing mapping shows. This has never been before! Over 80 artists from 27 years are part of it and present phenomenal light installations and projections. The 15th Festival of Lights is transforming Berlin into a shiny light metropolis again. Many buildings and places from the capital for example the Brandenburg Gate, the TV tower or the Bebelplatz are illuminated. It doesn’t matter if photography is only a hobby or if you are a Pro – we are happy to have as many participants as possible for this contest.

Every year the Festival of Lights is looking for the most atmospheric and expressive shots of the festival. The photos which are send in will be seen by a team of judges of the Festival. In addition, all photos will be stored in our archives and will be pushed through our worldwide media platform, always using photo credits. The ones who are able to catch the perfect photo have chances to win amazing prices.

Participating is worth it!

1. Place


The participant with the most beautiful photo can look forward to an elegant Limited Edition Festival of Lights watch worth 995€. Furthermore, he will receive a current illustrated book with the most memorable photos from 15 years of the Festival of Lights worth 35€.

2. – 5. Place


The second to fifth place winners will each receive a Festival of Lights backpack with the Brandenburg Gate worth 69€, with which you can illuminate the dark winter nights even after the festival. Furthermore you will get one of our exclusive photo books as well.

6. – 10. Place


The six to tenth place winners will receive one of our super comfortable hoodies with the Festival of Lights logo (in black, size freely selectable) worth 49,90€ and a photo book.

Our Tips:

You can also easily explore by bus, Velotaxi or from the water the extraordinary cityscape during the festival. Special and guided tours from romantic carriage rides to the classy limousine give you an exclusive view. So, take a look at our lightseeing tours. A helium balloon that provides a view from a height of 150 meters ensures a special view.

Also, we recommend reading our tips on night photography for even more beautiful photographs.

Terms & conditions:

Please download the complete conditions for participation.

The FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS team choose the most beautiful motifs. Special attention is paid to the quality of the recording (focus, exposure, composition, etc.) and creativity.

In addition, the following criteria must be fulfilled:

Submission of max. 3 photos per participant
Max. 5MB per file
no collages, one single image per file
no frames, graphic elements or obvious image manipulations
no text elements in the picture
Submissions until 10.11.2019 with details of the complete name, date of birth and address to fotowettbewerb@festival-of-lights.de will be considered.

The photo has to be named like this:


2017: 1. Platz Stefan Lubs