Felix Schoeller Photo Award 2023 now accepting submissions

Professional photographers are invited to submit their photographs for the prestigious Felix Schoeller Photo Award 2023. Those just starting their careers can also enter the competition for Best Work by an Emerging Photographer. In addition, the Felix Schoeller Group, in collaboration with the city of Osnabrück, awards the German Peace Prize for Photography. The award ceremony next spring coincides with the momentous anniversary of “375 years of the Peace of Westphalia”.

Whether in Ukraine, Iran or elsewhere in the world, recent events clearly show that peace is a fragile commodity which can be threatened at any time and in any place and which therefore particularly deserves to be protected. Photography, as the most important visual medium, has an important task in these times: to present powerful images of hope and peace.

That’s why the Felix Schoeller Group and his hometown of Osnabrück have already teamed up to launch the German Peace Prize for Photography in 2019. Together they encourage people to think about the many facets of peace and the how it is represented in pictures.

It is no coincidence that this prize for the culture of peace is based in Osnabrück. The initiators created the prize out of the context of the particular history of the city: Osnabrück is a city of peace. In 1648, the peace treaty of Osnabrück (Instrumentum Pacis Osnabrugensis, IPO) was proclaimed there. The signing of the Peace of Westphalia thus put an end to the Thirty Years’ War. It is a history lesson on how to achieve peace.

The city of Osnabrück and the Felix Schoeller group see in this historical context a mandate for political commitment to peace. With the German Peace Prize for Photography, they want to provide a platform for peace discourse on a photographic level.

As 2023 marks the 375th anniversary of the Peace of Westphalia, the German Peace Prize for Photography also takes on special significance.

The German Peace Prize for Photography rewards works that photographically and conceptually deal with the topic of “peace”. The definition of the term “peace” is intended to be explicitly broad: from peace between peoples and countries to peaceful coexistence in the city and the countryside, in family or in group, up to the pictorial representation of the inner peace of individuals. .

The winner of the German Peace Prize for Photography will receive 10,000 euros in prize money.

Focus on great photography

In addition to the German Peace Prize for Photography, professional photographers can also apply for the Felix Schoeller Photo Award 2023. They can choose from three categories: “Portrait”, “Photojournalism” and “Sustainability”. The winners of each of the competition categories will receive 5,000 euros.

The Young Talent Award is aimed at photographers who study, undergo professional training or assist in photography. Young talents can express themselves creatively, as there are no thematic restrictions. The best work in this category will be rewarded by the jury with the Young Talent Award, also endowed with 5,000 euros.

The submission phase of the competition is underway

Interested photographers can submit their photographs until January 15, 2023. Thereafter, the works of all categories of the competition will be evaluated by an independent jury. As in previous years, the jury will be chaired by Michael Dannenmann and will also include art historian and curator Cathérine Hug from Kunsthaus Zürich, director of the Museumsquartier Osnabrück Nils-Arne Kässens, artistic advisor Simone Klein and Hannah Schuh, visual director. from art magazine ART.

For the German Peace Prize for Photography, the jury will be expanded with Ulrich Schneckener, Professor of International Relations and Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Osnabrück. The winners will be announced and honored at a festive awards ceremony on May 4, 2023. The winning photographs as well as the works of the nominees will then be exhibited in an extensive exhibition at the Museumsquartier Osnabrück.

Visit https://www.felix-schoeller-photoaward.com/en/home for more information.

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