We receive lots of questions from photographers interested in the Felix Schoeller Photo Award and the German Peace Prize for Photography. Here you’ll find the answers to many frequently asked questions. For detailed information, please see our Terms and Conditions of Entry. The terms and conditions for the next submission period (January 1 to May 31, 2021) will be updated in November 2020.

1) When can I submit work for the Felix Schoeller Photo Award?

The Felix Schoeller Photo Award is held every two years. The next submission period begins on January 1, 2021 and ends on May 31, 2021.

2) How are the Felix Schoeller Photo Award and the German Peace Prize for Photography related?

The German Peace Prize for Photography is a joint initiative by the Friedensstadt Osnabrück (City of Peace) and the Felix Schoeller Group, which is based in Osnabrück. The German Peace Prize for Photography is a special award category in the Felix Schoeller Photo Award.

3) What are all the categories for the Felix Schoeller Photo Award?

  • 3.1) Portrait Photography
  • 3.2) Landscape/Nature Photography
  • 3.3) Fashion Photography
  • 3.4) Photojournalism/Editorial Photography
  • 3.5) Free Choice/Conceptional Photography
  • 3.6) German Peace Prize for Photography
  • 3.7) Best Work by an Emerging Photographer

4) Who is eligible to participate in the competition?

Only professional photographers and filmmakers are eligible for categories 3.1 to 3.6. Category 3.7 (Best Work by an Emerging Photographer) is designed for photography or film students (or art or design students with a focus on photography). In addition, those in training to become photographers and assistants to professional photographers are also eligible for entry. (You can find more details in the Terms and Conditions of Entry.)

5) Who evaluates the pieces submitted and how does the jury work?

Two independent juries of experts will select the winners from the entries submitted. The juries combine expertise from the world of photography, editorial photography, photojournalism, museums/galleries and academia. Jury 01 will judge categories 3.1 to 3.5 and category 3.7 (Best Work by an Emerging Photographer). The German Peace Prize for Photography has its own jury. This jury consists of three jury members from jury 01. In addition, the Friedensstadt Osnabrück (City of Peace) will nominate three further jurors from the areas of peace studies and contemporary art.

Only the written concepts and submitted photographs will be presented to the two juries. The names and origins of those submitting pieces are not revealed to the juries. The juries work on a fully independent basis. The Felix Schoeller Group will not be represented on the juries.

6) What prizes are awarded?

All shortlisted pieces will be published on the award’s website.

All nominated pieces (the five finalists for each category) will be published on the award’s website, including a description of the concept and the photographer’s résumé. In addition, nominees’ pieces will be on display in the premium Winners & Nominees exhibition in the City of Osnabrück’s Museum Quarter for several months. Nominated photographers will be invited to Osnabrück for a celebratory awards ceremony and exhibition opening.

The winners from categories 3.1 to 3.5 will also receive a monetary prize of 2,000 EUR each. The winner of category 3.7 (Best Work by an Emerging Photographer) will be awarded a monetary prize of 5,000 EUR. The winner of the German Peace Prize for Photography will receive a monetary prize of 10,000 EUR.

The jury will select a best in show winner from among the winners of categories 3.1 to 3.5. This entry will receive the Felix Schoeller Photo Award in Gold. That winner will receive an additional monetary prize of 10,000 EUR.

The winner’s work and a selection of the nominated pieces will be published on social media and distributed to international professional media outlets for publication. A selection of the shortlisted pieces will be published on the award’s Instagram account.

7) What do I submit and how does submission work?

Any piece submitted must consist of a written concept in English (max. 700 characters) and a series of at least three but not more than five photographs. (You can find technical details in the Terms and Conditions of Entry.)

This series of photos will be uploaded online using our upload tool, which will be made available during the submission period from January 1 to May 31, 2021. We are unable to accept print submissions.

8) How many pieces can I submit?

Each participant may submit one series per category in the professional photographer categories (3.1 to 3.6). We are unable to accept multiple series of photographs in one category. We are also unable to accept the same series submitted to multiple categories.

Each participant may submit one series for category 3.7 (Best Work by an Emerging Photographer).

9) What’s the timeline?

  • 9.1) Submission period: January 1 to May 31, 2021
  • 9.2) Online adjudication and shortlist compilation: June to July 2021
  • 9.3) Jury meetings, selection of nominees and winners: August to September 2021
  • 9.4) Publication of the shortlist and nominees on the award website: September 2021
  • 9.5) Awards ceremony and exhibition opening in Osnabrück: October 2021
  • 9.6) Winners & Nominees exhibition in the City of Osnabrück’s Museum Quarter: until 2022

10) Where can I learn more?

For detailed information, please see our Terms and Conditions of Entry.

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