Photo of Card-Playing Woman Wins ‘World’s Largest Photo Competition’

Overall winner
Overall winner and winner of the “People” category. | Dikye Ariani

A photo of a card-playing owner of a traditional Indonesian cafe has won the CEWE Photo Award 2023. The organizers say it is the “world’s largest photography competition.”

Pro photographer Dikye Ariani secured first place from 509,612 entries taking home the grand prize: A trip worth 15,000 euros ($15,866), photo equipment worth 7,500 euros ($7,900), and CEWE photo products worth 2,500 euros ($2,600).

Ariani’s shot shows the proprietress of the cafe playing cards with men from the village who are relaxing after a hard day’s work in the rice fields. The photo won the “People” category as well as being crowned overall winner.

“Dikye Ariani impressively captures the atmosphere of a special moment with her photo,” say the judges.

“The outstanding composition of the image is striking in its depth and clear focus on the main character, who is surrounded by the other protagonists of the scene. A central, diffused light enhances the artistic composition and intensifies the impact of the image.”

The Summit
Winner of the “Architecture and Technology” category. Taken on the observation deck of The Summit building in New York City. | Michael Kemter
Iceland volcanos
Winner of the “Landscapes” category. A volcano in Iceland comes to life. | Marian Kuric.
flip flops
Winner of the “Hobby and Leisure” category. Taken during a family holiday in the South of France. | Karl Bordron
Winner of the “Cooking and Food” category taken on a smartphone. Chefs at a wedding party in Brazil take a break. | Clerio Black
ice crashing into water
Winner of the “Nature” category was this image of ice plunging into the water. | Christian Bovians.
Winner of the “Animals” category shows a chimpanzee’s hand in Kibale National Park. | Claudia Rass.
Winner of the “Aerial Photography” category. Taken by Chin Leong in Tokyo.
The Nile
Winner of the “Travel and Culture” category. Hans Wichmann took this photo on the Nile in Egypt.
Sport category
Winner of the “Sport” category. | Rainer Kofferlein.

The photographers who finished second to tenth in the competition received 5,000 euros ($5,289) worth of camera equipment and SOS Children’s Villages also benefitted with CEWE donating 10 cents to the charity for each photo entered making a total donation of 50,961 euros ($53,900).

Further information about the contest can be found here.