Collage of Watch Photo Awards exhibition in Geneva

Exhibition & Competition

Baselworld welcomes the “Watch Photo Awards”

The sixty best pictures from the “Watch Photo Awards” will be exhibited in Hall 1.0 at Baselworld. Visitors are also invited to participate in this competition in two categories.

Anyone interested in watch photography now has another two persuasive reasons to visit Baselworld this year. The “Watch Photo Awards”, the largest international competition for watch photography, will make a guest appearance at Baselworld: after stops in Geneva and Miami, the sixty best photos from 2018 will now also be shown at Baselworld in Hall 1.0 (opposite to the Carl F. Bucherer stand). 

All visitors at Baselworld 2019 are welcome to participate in the competition by submitting their own photos. The best entrants will win a weekend for two at Basel’s five-star grand hotel “Les Trois Rois”! 

For the first time in the history of the “Watch Photo Awards”, photographs can be submitted in two categories during the month of March to coincide with Baselworld.

Watch Photo Award website screenshot, March 2019


These are the “Watch Photo Awards”

With over 1,000 participants from more than 50 countries, the “Watch Photo Awards” are the first and largest international competition for the art of watch photography. The contest was launched by GMT magazine in collaboration with other media partners in May 2018. Each month focuses on a new theme for which photos can be submitted online. A celebrity jury chooses each month’s ten best pictures. Afterwards the public selects the winner from each group of ten. The “Watch Photo of the Year” is likewise chosen by the public. 

Two categories for March 2019

Outside view of Hall 1

1st category


The exhibitors’ stands at Baselworld are often breathtaking. This also holds true for Hall 1, which was designed by the star architects Herzog & de Meuron. This category seeks the best and most exciting photographs of stands’ interiors or exteriors, as well as photos of Baselworld’s halls. A timepiece does not necessarily need to be visible in the photo.
Wristshot of a Frederique Constant watch

2nd category

Watches @ Baselworld

The focus in this category is once again clearly on watches. Submitted photos should depict mechanical watches (or quartz calibres for ladies’ watches), portrayed in conjunction with distinctive elements of Baselworld, e.g. stands, brand logos or the famous “hole” in front of Hall 1.

take your chance

How to participate

Photographs can be submitted online to until 31 March. The jury will then select the ten best photos in each category. Afterwards the public will choose the winning photo in each group of ten. 
Lobby and room at the "Les Trois Rois" in Basel

The prizes

Win a weekend for two at “Les Trois Rois”

The photographer who shot the winning photo in each category will receive a voucher for a weekend for two at Basel’s five-star hotel “Les Trois Rois”. This grand hotel in the heart of the city is a veritable institution and the only one of its kind in Basel. It offers its guests outstanding hospitality and exquisite amenities in surroundings that combine luxury and natural elegance.

In addition, the winning photos will be published in numerous prestigious special-interest magazines around the world (including GMT Magazine, GMT Africa, Middle East GMT, Hong Kong Tatler,, Sport & Style Team, Espiral do Tempo, etc.). The photographs will also be shown in an exhibition which tours museums and other special locations.