I. Information on the collection of personal data

The German Peace Prize for Photography is a special category of the Felix Schoeller Photo Award.

Felix Schoeller Holding GmbH & Co KG appreciates your interest and your visit to the Felix Schoeller Photo Award website.

We respect your privacy and we always comply with the legal provisions on data protection. That is why it is important to us that you know at all times when we store which data and how we use it.

In the following we explain how we collect your personal data when you use our website. Personal data is defined as all data that can be related to you personally, e.g. name, address, email addresses, user behaviour.

1. Name and address of the data controller
The data controller pursuant to Art. 4 Par. 7 of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is

Felix Schoeller Holding GmbH & Co KG
Burg Gretesch 1
49086 Osnabrück
Phone: +49 541 3800-0
Email: info@felix-schoeller.com
Website: www.felix-schoeller.com
See the Imprint page on our website.

Our data protection officer is responsible for protecting your data. You can contact our data protection officer at

Email: Datenschutz@felix-schoeller.com
Phone: +49 541 3800-0

or at our postal address, adding “Data Protection Officer”.

2. Scope of the processing of personal data
As a matter of principle, we only collect and use the personal data of our users insofar as that is necessary for the provision of a functional website, and the provision of our contents and services. As a rule, we only collect and use our users’ personal data with the user’s consent. An exception applies in those cases where obtaining prior consent is not possible for reasons of fact and where the processing of the data is permitted by legal regulations.

3. Legal basis for the processing of personal data
Insofar as we obtain the consent of the data subject for processing operations involving personal data, Art. 6 Par. 1 (a) GDPR serves as the legal basis for the processing of personal data.

When processing personal data necessary for the performance of a contract to which the data subject is a party, Art. 6 Par. 1 (b) GDPR serves as the legal basis. This also applies to processing operations that are necessary for the performance of pre-contractual measures.

Insofar as the processing of personal data is necessary for the fulfilment of a legal obligation to which our company is subject, Art. 6 Par. 1 (c) GDPR serves as the legal basis.

In the event that vital interests of the data subject or another natural person make it necessary to process personal data, Art. 6 Par. 1 (d) GDPR serves as the legal basis.
If the processing is necessary to protect a legitimate interest of our company or of a third party, and if the interests, fundamental rights and freedoms of the data subject do not outweigh the first-mentioned interest, Art. 6 Par. 1 (f) GDPR serves as the legal basis for the processing.

4. Data deletion and storage period
The data subject’s personal data shall be deleted or blocked as soon as the purpose of the storage ceases to apply. Furthermore, storage may take place if this has been provided for by the European or national legislator in Union regulations, laws or other provisions to which the data controller is subject. The data will also be blocked or deleted if a storage period prescribed by the aforementioned standards expires, unless the continued storage of the data is necessary for the conclusion or fulfilment of a contract. Other legal reasons for retention may be that we need to retain data for evidentiary purposes for the duration of the applicable statute of limitations. These periods are usually between 2 and 30 years.

5. Passing on data
In the context of the following data processing operations and the respective legal basis mentioned (performance of contract, in the legitimate interest, with consent or due to legal processing obligations), your data may be passed on to the following categories of recipients:

  • Felix Schoeller Holding GmbH & Co. KG, Schoeller Technocell GmbH & Co. KG, Meltorec GmbH & Co. KG, Winbon Schoeller New Materials Co. Ltd., Felix Schoeller North America Inc., Technocell do Brasil Ltda., Felix Schoeller Canada Inc., Technocell Inc., O.O.O. Mayak Technocell, T/D 3sixty GmbH & Co. KG, Schoeller India Industries Pvt. Ltd., Stadt Osnabrück
  • Fulfilment agents, e.g. service providers for supplementary services, e.g. provision of the website, newsletter dispatch, feedback handling, compilation of statistics, etc.
  • government agencies and authorities.

II. Your rights

1. Overview
You have the following rights in relation to the personal data about you:

  • Right of access, Art. 15 GDPR
  • Right to rectification or erasure, Art. 16 GDPR, Art. 17 GDPR
  • Right to restriction of processing, Art. 18 GDPR
  • Right to object to processing, Art. 21 GDPR
  • Right to data portability, Art. 20 GDPR
    2. Right to lodge a complaint/Supervisory authority
    You also have the right to lodge a complaint with a data protection supervisory authority about our processing of your personal data, Art. 77 GDPR. The authority responsible for us is the State Commissioner for Data Protection in Lower Saxony, Prinzenstraße 5, 30159 Hannover.

3. Objection to or revocation of consent to the processing of your data

  • If you have given your consent to the processing of your data, you can revoke that consent at any time. This revocation will affect the permissibility of the processing of your personal data after you have notified us of it.
  • Where we base the processing of your personal data on the balance of interests, you may object to the processing. This is the case if the processing is, in particular, not necessary for the performance of a contract with you, which is outlined by us in each case in the following description of the functions. When exercising such an objection, we will ask you to explain the reasons why we should not process your personal data as we have done. If your objection is justified, we will review the situation and either discontinue or adapt the data processing, or otherwise show you our compelling legitimate grounds on the basis of which we will continue with the data processing.
  • You can, of course, object to the processing of your personal data for the purposes of advertising and data analysis at any time. You can inform us of your objection to the use of your data for advertising purposes using the following contact details:

Phone: +49 541 3800-0
Email: info@felix-schoeller.com

III. Collection of personal data, purposes, legal basis and storage period

1. General information on the use of the website
If you use the website for informational purposes only, i.e. if you do not register or otherwise transmit information to us, we only collect the personal data that your browser transmits to our server. If you wish to view our website, we collect the following data, which is necessary for technical reasons for us to display our website to you and to ensure its stability and security (legal basis is Art. 6 Par. 1 p. 1 (f) GDPR):

  • IP address
  • Date and time of the request
  • Time zone difference from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)
  • Content of the request (specific page)
  • Access status/HTTP status code
  • The data volume transferred in each case
  • Website from which the request comes
  • Browser
  • Operating system and its interface
  • Language and version of the browser software.

    The data is deleted as soon as it is no longer required to achieve the purpose for which it was collected. In the case of the collection of data for the provision of the website, this is the case when the respective session has ended.

In the case of storing data in log files, this is the case after seven days at the latest. Storage beyond this is possible. In this case, the IP addresses of the users are deleted or distorted so that it is no longer possible to assign them to the client who visited the website.

The collection of data for the provision of the website and the storage of the data in log files is absolutely necessary for the operation of the website. As a result, there is no possibility for the user to object.

Please refer to Section III. 4.3 of our privacy policy regarding the transmission of personal data via cookies.

2. Registration

2.1. Description and scope of data processing during registration
On our website, we offer users the opportunity to register as participants in the Felix Schoeller Photo Award by providing personal data. The data is entered in an input mask and transmitted to us and stored. The data will not be passed on to third parties. The following data is collected as part of the registration process:

  • User’s first and last name
  • User’s address
  • User’s telephone numbers
  • User’s email address
  • User’s date of birth
  • Data proving their occupation, training, studies, etc.
  • Data on their experience or work as a photographer, which the user releases for publication by the press in the event that their submitted work is published. Permission for publication is given when you upload the CV during the submission process.

The following data is also stored at the time of registration:

  • User’s IP address
  • Date and time of registration

The user’s consent to the processing of this data is obtained as part of the registration process.
Please note the separate data protection instructions that apply to participation in the Felix Schoeller Photo Award.

2.2. Legal basis for data processing during registration
The legal basis for the processing of the data is Art. 6 Par. 1 (a) GDPR if the user has given their consent.

2.3. Purpose of data processing during registration
The user must register on our website to participate in the Felix Schoeller Photo Award. In order to participate in the competition, the participant must be identifiable and it must be possible to contact them. In addition, it must be possible to see whether the participant fulfils the conditions for participation outlined in the Felix Schoeller Photo Award’s Conditions of Participation in order to ensure a fair competition.

2.4. Duration of storage
The data is deleted as soon as it is no longer required to achieve the purpose for which it was collected.

2.5. Modification and elimination options for registration
As a user, you have the option at any time to have the data stored about you changed or to cancel the registration. All data provided by you during registration will then be deleted. By doing so, you will be eliminated from the Felix Schoeller Photo Award and will end your participation in the competition.

3. Newsletter

3.1. Description and scope of data processing for the newsletter

On our website, we offer you the possibility of subscribing to our newsletter. When you register for the newsletter, the data from the input mask is transmitted to us, namely:

  • User’s first name and last name
  • User’s email address

With this newsletter we keep you updated at regular intervals about our offers. To receive our newsletter, you need a valid email address. We will check the email address you have entered to ensure that you are indeed the owner of the email address provided or that the owner is authorised to receive the newsletter.

In addition, the following data will be collected during registration:

  • (1) IP address of the computer used
  • (2) Date and time of registration

This serves as a safeguard on our part in the event that a third party misuses your email address and subscribes to our newsletter without your knowledge. We do not collect any other data. The data collected in this way is used exclusively for sending our newsletter. We use the double opt-in procedure for newsletter registration. This means that after you register, we will send you an email to the email address you provided, in which we ask you to confirm that you wish to receive the newsletter.

We use the Sendcockpit service by Clever Elements GmbH, Prinzessinnenstraße 19-20, 10969 Berlin, for the technical processing of the newsletter dispatch.

Clever Elements is a service for organising and analysing the sending of newsletters. The data you enter for the purpose of receiving the newsletter will be stored on Clever Elements’ servers in Germany. With the aid of Clever Elements, we are able to analyse our newsletter distribution. This allows us to check whether newsletter messages are opened and which links are clicked on. This allows us to optimise our offer accordingly. For more information on data protection at Clever Elements, please visit https://www.cleverelements.com/privacy.

3.2. Legal basis for data processing for the newsletter

The legal basis for the processing of data after the user has registered for the newsletter is Art. 6 Par. 1 (a) GDPR if the user has given their consent.

3.3. Purpose of data processing with regard to newsletter subscription

The user’s email address is collected to allow us to deliver the newsletter. The collection of other personal data as part of the registration process serves to prevent misuse of the service or of the email address used.

3.4. Duration of storage with regard to newsletter subscription

The data is deleted as soon as it is no longer required to achieve the purpose for which it was collected. The user’s email address is therefore stored for as long as the subscription to the newsletter is active.

3.5. Possibility to object to and cancel the newsletter subscription

You can cancel your subscription to this newsletter at any time. You’ll find details about cancelling in the confirmation email and in each individual newsletter. This also enables you to revoke your consent to the storage of personal data collected during the registration process.

4. Cookies

4.1. General information
In addition to the aforementioned data, cookies are stored on your computer when you use our website. Cookies are small text files that are stored on your hard drive in relation to the browser you are using and which provide us with certain information. Cookies cannot run programs or transmit viruses to your computer. They serve to make the website as a whole more user-friendly and effective.

Without your express consent, we only use cookies that are technically necessary for the function of our website and our offer. Cookies are set by our website to maintain the full functionality of our website and to improve usability. You can also view our website without cookies. Internet browsers are set as standard to accept cookies. To prevent the use of cookies by your internet browser, you can deactivate or restrict the use of cookies via the settings of your internet browser. The help functions of your internet browser will tell you how to deactivate and/or delete cookies in your browser. Please note that deactivating/deleting cookies may result in individual functions of our website no longer working as expected. In addition, the deactivation/deletion of cookies only affects the internet browser used in that case. The deactivation/deletion of cookies must therefore be repeated for each internet browser. In addition, setting options are available to you via our cookie tool, as described below.

We also use local storage technology (also called “local data” and “local storage”). In the process, data is stored locally in the cache of your browser, which continues to exist and can be read even after the browser window is closed or the program is terminated – provided they do not delete the cache. 

Local storage technology allows your preferences when using our website to be stored on your computer and used by you.

The legal basis for the use of technically necessary (essential) cookies or local storage technology is Art. 6 Par. 1 (f) GDPR (legitimate interest). Our legitimate interest is to maintain the full functionality of our website and to improve usability. We are only able to identify individual site visitors with the aid of cookie technology if the site visitor has previously provided us with corresponding personal data on the basis of a separate consent and has consented to corresponding use. It is not possible to object to the use of essential cookies when using the site.

Information about other cookies (statistics and marketing) can be found below under “4.3. Analysis tools”.

Our cookies are stored until they are deleted in your browser or, if they are session cookies, until the session has expired.

4.2. CookieHub
To ensure legally compliant use and for the purpose of your information, we use cookie consent technology by CookieHub, a service provided by CookieHub ehf, Hafnargata 18, 230 Reykjanesboer, Iceland, for the use of cookies on our website. This tool is used to provide information about the cookies used and allows you to consent to and object to their use. In addition, CookieHub stores your consent/objection to the storage of certain cookies and helps us to document this in a data protection-compliant manner.

When you access our website, a connection is established to CookieHub’s servers in order to document your consent/other declarations regarding the use of cookies and to store them for verification purposes.

CookieHub is used to obtain and document the legally required consent for the use of cookies. The legal basis is Art. 6 Par. 1 (c) GDPR/Section 25 TTDSG.

4.3. Analysis tools
If, when you visit our website, you give us your consent to the use of statistics/marketing cookies within the context of the cookie notice, we use the services listed below for the needs-based design and the continuous optimisation of our website, in which we statistically record and evaluate the use of our website. In addition, we set certain marketing cookies with your consent. For details of the specific cookies used, please refer to the notes and explanations in our cookie tool. There you will find information about the individual cookies and how long they are stored. [Please insert link]

GoogleAnalytics/Google Tag Manager
We use Google Analytics, a website analysis service provided by Google Inc., 1,600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA94043, USA, hereinafter “Google”, on our website. Google Analytics uses “cookies”, which are text files placed on your computer, to help the website analyse how users use the site.

We use Google Analytics on our site in a version that uses an IP anonymisation function by default. Your IP address will therefore be truncated and anonymised by Google within member states of the EU or other states party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area.

Legal basis
The legal basis for the use of Google Analytics is Art. 6 Par. 1 p. 1 (a) GDPR and Section 25 TTDSG, and this accordingly only takes place with your express consent. You can revoke your consent for the future at any time via our consent management tool. In addition, Google offers a deactivation option for the most common browsers, which gives you more control over what data is collected and processed by Google. If you activate this option, no information about the website visit will be transmitted to Google Analytics. However, activation does not prevent information from being transmitted to us or to other web analytics services we may use. For more information on the deactivation option provided by Google and how to activate this option, please click on the following link: tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en

Purpose of the data processing
Google will use the information collected and processed by Google Analytics for the purpose of evaluating your use of our website, to compile reports on website activity for us and to provide other services relating to website activity and internet usage.

The information collected by Google Analytics for the use of our website is transferred to Google servers in the USA and processed there. As described above, the data transmitted are only pseudonyms and cannot be traced back to your name. We have also concluded a contract with Google on commissioned data processing and to include the EU standard contractual clauses.

Passing data on to third parties
Google may transfer the information collected to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google’s behalf. Google states that they will never connect your IP address with other Google data.

You can find more information on data protection for Google Analytics in Google’s privacy policy and also in the Google Analytics help function.

Legal basis and objection
The collection and processing of data is based on Art. 6 Par. 1 (a) GDPR and therefore only if you consent to the collection and use of your data by setting statistics cookies when accessing our website. You can object to the collection and processing of your visitor data at any time by unchecking the relevant box in the cookie settings .

Google Tag Manager
As part of the analysis, we also use Google Tag Manager by Google Ireland Limited, Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin, Ireland, hereinafter “Google”. This service is an auxiliary service and provides further tools by triggering and managing their use. Google Tag Manager is a solution that allows marketers to manage website tags through one interface.

The tag manager uses tags and, provided consent has been given, triggers services that may collect personal data from you. However, it cannot be completely ruled out that personal data is also processed by the Google Tag Manager, and this may be transmitted by Google to third parties.

We have concluded a commissioned data processing contract with Google for the use of the Google Tag Manager. Information from the third-party provider: Google Dublin, Google Ireland Ltd, Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4, Ireland, Fax: +353 (1) 436 1001. User terms and conditions: marketingplatform.google.com/about/analytics/terms/us, Privacy policy overview www.google.com/intl/de/analytics/learn/privacy.html, and the privacy policy www.google.de/ intl/en/policies/privacy.

The legal basis for the use of Google Tag Manager is our legitimate interest pursuant to Art. 6 Par. 1 (f) GDPR.

5. Social media links
Our website also contains links to our pages on the respective social networks. If you follow the link from our website to a social network or register with your social network to share content from our website, your data will be processed by the respective social network provider. Details about the purpose and scope of the data collection, the further processing and use of the data by the social network provider, and related rights and setting options for protecting your privacy can be found in the respective provider’s information on data protection.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.