ABOUT THE FELIX SCHOELLER PHOTO AWARD

A short Overview:

Categories Shortlisted
work will be
Nominated
entrants will also
Category Winners
will also receive
1 Portrait Published in the Website Gallery
  • Appear in the online campaign in social media
  • Appear with their nominated work in the high-quality ‘Winners & Nominees’ exhibition
  • Receive an invitation to the awards ceremony in Osnabrück, Germany
Cash prize
EUR 2.000
2 Landscapes / Nature Cash prize
EUR 2.000
3 Fashion Photography Cash prize
EUR 2.000
4 Photojournalism / Editorial Photography Cash prize
EUR 2.000
5 Free Choice / Conceptual Photography Cash prize
EUR 2.000
Felix Schoeller Photo Award in Gold Best-of-category winner in categories 1 to 5 Additional cash Cash prize
EUR 10.000
Special Category
Best Work by an Emerging Photographer
Published in the Website Gallery
  • Appear in the online campaign in social media
  • Appear with their nominated work in the high-quality ‘Winners and Nominees’ exhibition
  • Receive an invitation to the awards ceremony in Osnabrück, Germany
Cash prize
EUR 5.000
Special Category 
German Peace Prize for Photography
Cash prize
EUR 10.000

Only professional photographers may submit entries to the categories 1-5 and the “German Peace Prize for Photography”. Only emerging photographers may submit entries to the special category “Best Work by an Emerging Photographer”. No liability is assumed for the accuracy of the information provided. The final terms and conditions of entry apply. These can be found here.

Timing of the Award 2019
Submission period Registration and upload option for concepts and submissions 1/1-5/31/2019
Submission deadline Last day for online submissions 5/31/2019
Online judging for compilation of the shortlist The juries view all work entered and compile a shortlist for each category 6/7-7/31/2019
Jury sessions Discussion of shortlisted works, selection of five nominees per category, and the selection of the winners from the nominated works 9/1-3/2019
Publication of shortlist The shortlist will be published on this website 9/3/2019
Publication of nominees Publication of the work of the nominees in the Winners’ Gallery on this website 9/9/2019
Awards ceremony & exhibition preview Festive awards ceremony in Osnabrück, Germany – only for winners, nominees and invited guests 10/19/2019
Publication of award winners Publication of the work of the award winners in the Winners’ Gallery, start of the press and online campaign 10/20/2019
Exhibition opening Exhibition opening in Osnabrück’s Museum Quarter 10/20/2019

About the Felix Schoeller Photo Award

The Felix Schoeller Photo Award is one of the highest prize-value photographic competitions in the German-language regions. The award honors works that clearly illustrate a love of photography and exceptionally stringent demands on picture quality. As a manufacturer of special papers for high-quality photographic reproductions, the aim of our award is to honor and lend support to photographers who share our passion for uncompromisingly good photography. The Felix Schoeller Photo Award is presented every two years.

Portrait

A good portrait is more than just a photograph of a person. It does not simply show what is visible to the eye. It captures the essence of the subject, arouses emotions in the viewer and tells the story behind the photo – in a traditional or experimental way. The fascination of a good portrait goes beyond a clearly defined expression – because it invites us to discover more. All portrayals of the human form, ranging from full-body studies to photographs of the face and close-ups, can be entered in this category.

Felix Schoeller Photoaward

Credit: Part of the series „Mädchenland (2013-2014)“, Karolin Klüppel, Germany

Landscape/Nature

Every landscape is like an open book, and a photo or series of photos is a tiny extract from a history that spans millions of years. The landscape in all its vastness is the stage on which the forces of nature are the protagonists in the drama of the sky, the land, and water. This category is open to all photographs that capture the fascination of nature.

Felix Schoeller Photoaward

Credit: Part of the series „SHOW CAVES“, Austin Irving, USA

Fashion Photography

Fashion is a mirror of our zeitgeist. In the dynamic interplay between art and commerce, design and the mundane, fashion draws on the most diverse trends. Fashion photography has been documenting people’s attitude to life since photography was first invented. The category Fashion Photography embraces the entire spectrum of fashion and fashion accessories and the visualization of their numerous facets.

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Photo: Ekaterina Jurkova

Photojournalism/Editorial Photography

This category awards prizes to photographs that tell an authentic story: a poignant image, a long-term study or an incredible photo series, a documentation, reportage, editorial or topic. This category is open to works that employ photographic means to tell journalistically relevant stories or document facts in an unusual way.

Felix Schoeller Photoaward

Credit: Part of the series „Bhopal Second Desaster“, Alex Masi, UK

Free Choice/Conceptual Photography

The defining feature of conceptual work is that the subject and technical perfection are much less the main criteria than the overriding concept. It is the concept that unites the image with the message it conveys. In addition to the necessity of creating a unique composition, the particular challenge here is to make a photograph fit into an overriding concept. In this category, entrants are free to submit creative work that they feel does not belong in any of the other categories.

Felix Schoeller Photoaward

Credit: Part of the series „Supermodels“, Daniel Wetzel & Gregor Schuster, Germany

Best Work by an Emerging Photographer

Special Category

The Emerging Photographer Award honors up-and-coming young talents in the world of professional photography. This applies to photographers enrolled on degree courses, in professional training or internship who, in the opinion of the jury, particularly deserve to be promoted. The jury honors the best work in this special category with the Felix Schoeller Emerging Photographer Award. Works entered in this category are not subject to any thematic restrictions.

Felix Schoeller Photoaward

Credit: Part of the series „The Buffalo that could not dream“, Felix von der Osten, Germany

German Peace Prize For Photography

Special Category

This special category invites entries for the first time in 2019. The City of Osnabrück has positioned itself as the “Friedensstadt” (City of Peace) and awards honors including the prestigious Erich-Maria Remarque Peace Prize for outstanding artistic, scientific or journalistic works. The “German Peace Prize for Photography” was initiated and is awarded in a cooperation between the City of Osnabrück and the Felix Schoeller Group. This competition is a special category within the context of the international Felix Schoeller Photo Award for professional photographers. The “German Peace Prize for Photography” honors works that conceptually interpret the topic of “Peace” by means of the medium of photography. Here, the term peace may be very broadly interpreted. For example, it may express peace between peoples, peaceful coexistence in a country or a family, or the inner peace of individuals. There are no limitations set with regard to the photographic genre. The photographs submitted could well be, for instance, journalistic works or portraits, landscapes, architecture, or freestyle/conceptual photography. The value of the cash prize is €10,000.

Felix Schoeller Photoaward

Credit: Part of the series „Living with War“, Hosam Katan, Germany