Opening: January 1, 2019
Deadline: May 31, 2019
Entry fee: Free
Prizes: €2,000, €5,000, €10,000, publications and exhibitions
The Felix Schoeller Photo Award is promoted by Felix Schoeller Holding GmbH & Co. KG, Burg Gretesch, 49086 Osnabrück (the “promoter”) and aims to foster high-quality photography and contemporary photographic design.
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.
- Professional Photographers
- Emerging Photographers
- Portrait Photography
- Landscape/Nature Photography
- Fashion Photography
- Photojournalism/Editorial Photography
- Freestyle / Conceptional Photography
- German Peace Prize for Photography
- Best Work by an Emerging Photographer
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”.
Felix Schoeller Photo Award 2017 Winners
© Matt Hulse, Edinburgh / UK
Free Choice / Conceptual Photography Category Winner
I shoot people in Asia from the top of tall buildings using a cheap mobile phone and a $9 telescopic lens. I chose the title SNIPER for its disconcerting sense of menace and dark humour. No-one was harmed during the shooting of these photographs.
Are you There?
© Rodrigo Illescas, Provincia de Buenos Aires / Argentina
Portrait Category Winner
They act in their intimate theater, but the theater also is the whole city, and the actors are legion, and the drama crowned by silence embrace many days and many nights.
In this complete immobile abstraction that even pain and terror are absents; living creatures seem to listen and watch over some of their organs, the heart, the secret and irreparable course of the blood.
Windows opened to nowhere, empty the time with wild and crude light.
The body breathes, not faster, deeper.
And their hearts endure. Because it seems that the heart can endure anything, anything, anything…
They are there, in silence, fragmentary. They are a part of history and an incomplete part of their own history. But they are there. Guests of their own world that puts them at the center of the scene. We live in a hyper-connected society but the question is what kind of communication we intend to have with the other. Because it seems to be more like a “varieté that fills life” than the great theater of the world.
© Saskia Boelsums, Nieuw-Schoonebeek / Netherlands
Landscape / Nature Category Winner
“As an artist and photographer from the Netherlands I feel strongly connected with the traditional Dutch landscape painters. At the same time that strong connection with history confronts me with the nearby future. The beauty I try to capture in my pictures, also is excessive and threatening. Cloud formations are increasing dramatic and the weather is becoming more extreme with unexpected peaks. It seems the classic historical Dutch landscapes are being replaced by landscapes and clouds arising from climate change. These developments I am very aware off. That is what my photos show: threatening beauty inspired by the great Dutch landscape painters.”
© Mario Brand, Bielefeld / Germany
Architecture / Industry Category Winner
In the USA, drive-thrus are a widespread part of shopping and service culture.
They are found not only in fast food restaurants, but also in banks, drugstores, coffee shops and even as US Mail counters.
At night, in artificial light, these service counters look like stages or the screen sets of film productions.
For me, they represent many of the things that define the character of the USA – superficiality, consumption, automobile culture.
But, at the same time, express the beauty of a self-dramatization that is hard to grasp.
They are reminiscent of scenes from the movies, paintings and books. This lends them a magnetism that is almost irresistible and equally as ambivalent as the United States themselves.
Living for Death
© Alain Schroeder, Brussels / Belgium
Photojournalism / Editorial Photography Category Winner
In Toraja (Indonesia), the rituals associated with death are complex and expensive. Therefore, when a person dies, it can take weeks, months even years for the family to organize the funeral. During this time, the deceased is considered to be “sick” and kept at home. While, it remains a sad time, the transition from life to death is a slow and peaceful process strengthening family bonds. Depending on the family, the body may be kept uncovered, bundled in layers of cloth or in a coffin.
In the region of Pangala, the Ma’ Nene, or cleaning of the corpses, ceremony takes place after the rice harvest. Coffins are removed from their burial sites and opened. The mummies are cleaned, dried in the sun and given a change of clothes. Expressions of sadness are mixed with the overall happy atmosphere surrounding these moments of bonding with loved ones and honoring ancestors.
Living with War
© Hosam Katan, Hannover / Germany
Best Work by an Emerging Photographer Category Winner
The series „Living with War“ portraits conflicting and contrasting emotions and experiences of what life has meant to people in their hometown of Eastern Aleppo since the start of the civil war.
The photos have been taken between 2014 and the end of 2015 by a photojournalist from Eastern Aleppo. Drawing from the photographer’s own experience of living in that area the series creates a nuanced view of how people have balanced the realities of war with their own personal everyday lives and routines.
The pictures, thereby, give recognition to the resilience and inventiveness of people in Eastern Aleppo in the face of perilous circumstances. Moreover, the series not only intends to generate empathy but to provoke a reflection on justice, responsibility and human dignity.