Europol Photo Competition

Europol international law enforcement photo competition

Europol’s annual photo competition has been encouraging law enforcement colleagues across the EU and beyond to share their photographic highlights with us since its launch in 2009.

Entries come from a wide variety of law enforcement agencies, such as police, customs, border guards and security services, and each year a growing number of talented photographers submit striking and artistic images from their work places.

A selection of these images can be seen in Europol publications, most notably Making Europe safer, and on display at Europol headquarters in The Hague.

The competition is open to professional and amateur photographers working for law enforcement agencies and law enforcement magazines in EU countries and those with Europol Agreements.

This has brought remarkable entries from as far afield as Australia and Colombia, in addition to more familiar European law enforcement scenes.

Winners of the 2020 law enforcement photo competition:

The prize in the category of "COVID-19 pandemic policing" is awarded to Jose Luis Aguilar Marfil from Spain. Police patrol a city centre to check on citizens during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The prize in the category of "Making Europe Safer" is awarded to Alexander Loy from Germany. One unit. The more barriers you master together, the stronger gets the team. Some day it seems that you can achieve every aim.

See previous year’s winners.

Participating in CAPTURE 2021

Europol invites professional and amateur photographers working with law enforcement authorities to show the evolving and increasingly innovative nature of their day-to-day work while designing the new normality.
Law enforcement officers with a passion for photography can submit up to five photos under two different categories:

  1. Making Europe safer. EU law enforcement officers at work to make Europe a safer place. Operational insights into the fight against organised crime, e.g. drugs and weapons trafficking, people smuggling, counterfeiting, etc. Training exercises and manoeuvres. Law enforcement pictured in abstract and artistic form.
  2. Re-opening Europe. As vaccination programmes are rolled out across the continent, Europe is slowly reopening. Travel is picking up again. Businesses are opening their doors, and communities are coming back together. We're calling on photographers to share their stories from this latest episode of the COVID-19 pandemic. Also, show us how police forces are adapting, taking on new tasks and helping communities through the next phase.

Closing date: 30.9.2021

For full details on how to participate, please visit the competition page.

Europol’s annual photo competition runs in the summer each year. If you are interested in the next competition, and would like to be notified of its launch, please register.