Photography contest

Aline Bastin Photography Contest

In 2022 CER held the 10th edition of the European Railway Photography Contest, renamed in memory of our tragically departed colleague and friend.

The theme of the contest was: "Exploring Europe: discovering the continent by train in the European Year of Youth"

Our thanks to all who participated! We received close to 700 photos from 25 countries across Europe. The 12 winning entries can be viewed below.


Kristian Pärt_Switzerland

Simply the best way to travel

By Kristian Pärt

Kristian is a student from Estonia studying gene and biotechnologies. This photo was taken as he was travelling through Europe by train thanks to the DiscoverEU Programme. He visited ten countries, including Switzerland between St. Moritz to Tirano near Alp Grüm where this photo was taken.

Austria_Nikolay Kozarski_Freight train from Brennero

Freight train from Brennero

By Nikolay Kozarski

Nikolay is a train driver for Bulgarian State Railways and in his spare time he also takes photos of trains as a hobby. This scenic shot was taken in St Jodok Am Brenner in Austria.

Belgium_April Acosta_Discovering Europe by (Night) Train_Liège Guillemins Station

Discovering Europe by (Night) Train

By April Acosta

April took this photo in the famous train station in Liège Belgium while waiting for a train to the Belgian Ardennes. She loves photography as a creative outlet which she says allows to see beauty in different forms.

Miroslav Volek_Germany, Königstein


By Miroslav Volek

Miroslav works for the rail sector in Czechia and has been taking photos as a hobby for over a decade. He says that this hobby allows him to be in nature and is always a pleasant experience like taking this photo of a train passing through some impressive landscapes.

Rizsavi Tamás_Heart of Budapest, Hungary

Heart of Budapest

By Tamás Rizsavi

Tamás works as a locomotive engineer and has been taking photos since he was a teenager. This photo was taken at the biggest regulating station in Budapest, in the heart of the city and also happens to be his workplace!

Konstantins Davidovs_Passenger & Freight_Sliedrecht, Netherlands

Passenger & Freight

By Konstantins Davidovs

Konstantins is from Latvia but lives in the Netherlands where he works as a train driver. Photography has been his hobby for over a decade, especially for trains. Taking photos of trains is also a good excuse to travel and explore the world he says.

Simon Rebula_On The Bend_Rodik, Slovenia

 On the bend

By Simon Rebula

Simon enjoys taking photos of trains but also nature and landscape. This one was taken from a helicopter during a flight to photograph the beautiful surrounding landscape.

Dan Gila_Reflection in Barcelona França_Spain

Reflection in Barcelona França

By Dan Gila

Dan is a train driver in Spain and has been taking photos as a hobby for 13 years. He took this photo while on his way home from an internship at RENFE!

Chateau de Chillon

By Marcos Castro

Marcos Castro_Château de Chillon, Switzerland

Marcos is a 19 year-old student from Barcelona and railway enthusiast. He started taking photos when his parents gave him his first mobile phone and eventually switched to the camera. On traveling by train he says “Through bridges, tunnels, and extraordinary landscapes, one discovers new places and meets people and doesn’t even notice the passing of time which becomes irrelevant because the journey is what matters.”

Norwegian Fjord

By Pierre-Antoine ArdinPierre-Antoine Ardin_Norwegian fjord_Stanghelle, Norway

Pierre-Antoine is from Metz, France and is a management controller for a public transport company. He has been doing photography for fifteen years. He finds railways as the most beautiful mode of transport and says “They have a competitive advantage and are comfortable everywhere: in the heart of cities, in the plains, along rivers and in the mountains, almost whatever the weather."

Bird's eye view

By Denis GrigorovDenis Grigorov_Bird's eye view_Klisura, Bulgaria

Denis is from Sofia, Bulgaria where he works as a train driver, his childhood dream. He has been doing photography for over a decade. This impressive photo was taken on the line between Sofia and Burgas, one of the most beautiful in Bulgaria Denis believes.

Train from Kyiv to Warsaw

By Tetiana DovganTetiana Dovgan_Ukraine

Tetiana is from Kyiv, Ukraine and a photographer for Ukrainian Railways. The photo is of one of the trains evacuating women and children from Kyiv to Poland and in the photo the father is saying goodbye to his wife and daughter. She sees trains as a place to meet people, and watch beautiful landscapes go by. But following the Russian invasion, they have also been a way to safety for millions of Ukrainians.



Held on an annual basis, the contest seeks to find the 12 best pictures highlighting the modern, environmentally-friendly and human dimensions of railways. Winners each receive a 200 euros prize.

Taking place since 2013, the European Railway Photography Contest was renamed in 2016 in memory of our tragically departed colleague and friend Aline Bastin.


The contest is open to all residents of the 27 Member States of the European Union, Albania, Bosnia Herzegovina, Georgia, the Republic of North Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Norway, Serbia, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and the United Kingdom. Only photos taken in the above-mentioned countries can be submitted.

Please consult the complete rules of the contest by clicking here.


To see the winning pictures from past editions, click on the year: 202120202019201820172016201520142013.


For more information about the Aline Bastin Photography Contest, please contact CER at