From a cheeky squirrel to leaping rabbits: The 11 stunning winning images in a photography competition that had almost 450,000 entries

  • The Cewe annual Photo Award competition has selected its top winners in 10 varying categories 
  • It invites amateur and professional photographers to enter snaps that capture the wonder of the ordinary
  • The photo competition is the largest in the world, so the winners, showcased here, fully deserve their medals

For photos of the seemingly mundane – they aren’t half bad. 

Almost 450,000 snappers entered the prestigious Cewe Photo Award contest that showcases brilliant snapshots of everyday life from around the globe – and these are the 11 that scooped prizes. 

According to Cewe, a photo book and online retailer, it’s the largest open photo competition in the world.   

Keen amateurs went head to head with established professionals across 10 categories: people, animals, nature, architecture and infrastructure, landscapes, humour, sport, food, travel and culture, and hobby and leisure. 

The winners showcase a wide array of subject matter, from a mischievous squirrel and a gravity-defying dancer to an old Turkish lady carrying bread. 

Scroll down to see the snaps that snapped up a gong…

Overall winner and animals category winner: A cheeky image of a squirrel playing hide and seek with a bluebell, taken in Wein, Germany, by Ina Schieferdecker 

People category winner: Janusz Nadolski captured this candid snapshot of the everyday life of a grandmother in Grochowice, Poland, watching a cartoon while chatting on the phone 

Humour category winner: Alice Van Kempen, from the Netherlands, captured this picture of a dog in an eye-catching coat that clearly matches its owner’s in a house in Kassel, Germany

Sport category winner: A graceful dancer leaps in the air in Gran Canaria, Spain, in this gravity-defying shot by Thorsten Becker

Landscape category winner: Cosmin Stan took a photo of this beautifully eerie misty morning at Vărăşoaia, Apuseni Natural Park in Padis, Romania

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Travel and culture category winner: A man expertly balances on the end of his boat as he guides it through the Inle Lake in Myanmar, in this photo by Anne-Marie Berlin

Architecture and infrastructure category winner: Jose Antoine Costa, of Colombes, France, captured this photo among Hong Kong’s iconic high rises

Food category winner: An elderly woman carries a basket of bread in Bigadiç, Turkey, in this humbling photo by Cihan Karaca

Hobby and leisure category winner: In this amazing aerial shot by Anders Andersson – taken in Åled, Sweden – neighbours gather to relax in the pool on a summer’s day

Nature category winner: This close up of a pair of rabbits jumping on each other in the sandy soil of Bócsa, Hungary, was snapped by Csaba Daróczi

Klaus Lenzen was given a special award by the jury for this snap of the Paul-Löwe house in Berlin’s government district

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