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 2019 law enforcement photo competition:

The prize in the category of "Diversity and Inclusion" is awarded to Giovanni D'Amico from Italy. This warm shot taken in Turin, Italy, shows how inclusion is taking the time to get to know each other.

The prize in the category of "Making Europe Safer" is awarded to Peter Monteny from the Netherlands. In this picture, Dutch police officers are keeping an eye on the crowd at Utrecht Central Station. Making people, including children, feel safe.

The prize in the category of "Making Europe Safer" is awarded to David Mendiboure from France. This dog from the French National Police is trained to detect explosives. He is pictured here with his handler securing a site. 

See previous year’s winners.

Participating in CAPTURE 2020

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.

Polish your camera lens for the 2020 edition of the Europol law enforcement photo competition!

Two winning photos will be selected and the lucky photographers will win a free trip to the Netherlands:

  • Making Europe safer: Show us how police officers carry out their job on a daily basis to fight crime: training exercises, manoeuvres, law enforcement pictured in abstract and artistic form.
  • COVID-19 pandemic policing: Share your stories from the front line of this unprecedented crisis: show us how police are adjusting their work to the ‘new normal’ to ensure the safety of European citizens.

Closing date: 15 August 2020 - The CAPTURE 2020 is closed, good luck to all the participants!