An independent jury of experts will select the winners from the entries submitted. The jury is comprised of the members of the Felix Schoeller Photo Award’s jury. In addition, the Friedensstadt Osnabrück (City of Peace) will nominate one further juror from the areas of peace studies. The works presented to the juries are anonymized. The juries work on a fully independent basis. The Felix Schoeller Group will not be represented on the jury.

Jury 2021

Michael Dannenmann

Chairman of the jury

Photo Tatjana Blechert

Michael Dannenmann initially studied art at the Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design and went on to study photography at the University of Dortmund. When he’s not tied down by chairing the jury, he travels the world setting the scene for the persons portrayed in his highly acclaimed portrait work. Since 1990, he has predominantly shot portraits of artists, dancers, musicians, authors and prominent representatives of the worlds of business and politics in private or in his own studio. His work has been published in various media, including international magazines and book projects, and has also been shown in numerous exhibitions and collections. In addition to working as a photographer, Michael Dannenberg also hosts workshops and curates exhibitions. He is a member of the DGPh.


Nils-Arne Kässens

Photo: Angela von Brill

Nils-Arne Kässens is the Director of the Museum Quarter Osnabrück, the complex comprising the Felix-Nussbaum-Haus, the Museum of Cultural History, the Villa Schlikker, and the Akzisehaus. In the course of his career, Kässens realized numerous national and international art projects, for example, for the Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Exhibition Hall of the Fridericianum Museum, the Museion Bolzano, or sculpture x/USA. As a guest lecturer, Nils-Arne Kässens lectured at universities including the University of Kassel, the Leuphana University in Lüneburg, Windsor University in Canada, or at Wayne-State-University in the USA.


Simone Klein

Photo: Laurence Mary

Simone Klein is Art Advisor as well as independent and publicly appointed and sworn expert for photography in Cologne. After studying art history, Roman and German language and literature in Bonn and at the Sorbonne in Paris, she became assistant at the Galerie Kicken in Cologne. Then head of the photography department at Kunsthaus Lempertz Cologne, then director of the photography department at Sotheby's Europe with auctions in Paris, London and New York. Most recently she was international director of the Print sales department at the Agency Magnum Photos in Paris. Member of the curatorial committee of Photo London as well as the nominating jury of the Prix Pictet, chairwoman of the advisory board of the SK Stiftung Kultur - Die Photographische Sammlung Köln, member of the advisory board of the Photoszene Köln and member of the executive board of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Photographie (DGPh). She also lectures on art and photography market at the Danube University in Krems and at the Sciences Po Lille.


Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schneckener

Photo KHK/GCR21

Ulrich Schneckener has been a professor of International Relations & Peace and Conflict research at the University of Osnabrück since 2009. He studied Political Science at the Universities of Mainz, Leipzig, and Berlin as well as at the London School of Economics. He earned his doctorate in 2000 at the University of Bremen and worked from 2002 to 2009 at the Foundation for Science and Politics in Berlin. Since 2016 he is chairman of the board of the German Foundation for Peace Research (DSF). He has been researching for over 20 years on international security and peace policy as well as on dealing with civil wars and political violence. His most critical German-language publications include "Ways out of the Civil War" (Edition Suhrkamp, 2002), "Transnational Terrorism" (Edition Suhrkamp, 2006), "Fragile Statehood" (Editor, Nomos 2006) and "The Long Shadow of Militia" (Co-Author, Campus 2016).


Clara Maria Sels

Photo Joanna Kischka

In 2011, Clara Maria Sels co-founded the Duesseldorf Photo Weekend together with Werner Lippert, the former director of NRW-Forum Düsseldorf. She assumed the position of festival director in 2013 and has successfully managed the event ever since. In 2014 and 2015, Clara Sels organised the exhibitions staged at the NRW-Forum Düsseldorf in conjunction with the Duesseldorf Photo Weekend. A highlight of the photo festival in 2016 was the exhibition HP Horst Photographer of Style which was also able to be shown in Düsseldorf thanks to the initiative of the Duesseldorf Photo Weekends. Clara Sels is the owner of the Clara Maria Sels Gallery in Düsseldorf, which she founded in 1989. Among the first artists she represented were the photographers Duane Michals and Francesca Woodman.


Jury 2019

Michael Dannenmann
Gérard A. Goodrow
Nils-Arne Kässens
Dr. Dana Landau
Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schneckener
Clara Maria Sels