Photography contest

Aline Bastin Photography Contest 2021

CER is launching the sixth edition of the Aline Bastin Photography Contest.

This year’s contest comes during a major year for rail in Europe, coinciding with the "EU Year of Rail", an EU initiative to show rail as one of the most sustainable, innovative and safest modes of transport. The flagship project of this initiative is the Connecting Europe Express, a special train running from Lisbon to Paris, crossing 26 countries in 36 days. CER also launched its Future is Rail campaign, to show how rail is smarter, cleaner and connected, bringing Europe’s citizens and regions closer together while continuing to innovate and helping to achieve our climate goals.

For our 2021 photo contest, our theme is therefore "The future is rail: cleaner, smarter, connected". We are looking for 12 pictures to be displayed at the 2022 European Railway Award in Brussels, helping to mark the end of the European Year of Rail. Winners will each receive a 200 euros prize


High-resolution photographs (preferably in a horizontal format) should be submitted electronically on this page by 30 November 2021. Photos should have a strong link to the contest theme. Submissions may feature the Connecting Europe Express in case you spot it between 2 September and 7 October, but all rail photos are welcome!


The contest is open not only to CER members but 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 these countries can be submitted.

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


Click here to see the winning pictures from 2020.

To see earlier editions, click on the year: 2019201820172016.


For more information, please send an e-mail to