Setting a Sign for Peace

Peace is a dominant issue of our times. The struggle for peace is omnipresent. We, the people of the world, yearn for peace when discord rules our lives. Discord between nations or ethnic groups, discord in society, or within in our families. But, at the same time, every single one of us yearns for inner peace and harmony.

With the “German Peace Prize for Photography”, the initiators – the City of Peace Osnabrück and the Felix Schoeller Group, which has its headquarters in Osnabrück – wish to give the debate on peace room to develop at another level. The “German Peace Prize for Photography” honors works that conceptually interpret the topic of “Peace” by means of the medium of photography. Professional photographers around the world are invited to enter their portfolios depicting their interpretation of the various different aspects of peace and, by doing so, set a personal sign for peace in our times.

In the case of the “German Peace Prize for Photography”, peace is, however, a broadly interpretable concept. It may, for example, express peace between peoples, peaceful coexistence in a nation 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 “German Peace Prize for Photography” has now been integrated as a special category within the framework of the Felix Schoeller Photo Award competition.

The winner of the “German Peace Prize for Photography” will be honored with a cash prize of €10,000. The winner and the nominees will receive an invitation to attend the formal award ceremony on October 19, 2019, in Osnabrück. The winning entry and the work of the nominees will subsequently be presented to a wider audience in a special, separate exhibition in Osnabrück’s Museum Quarter.

Credit: Part of the series „Living with War“, Hosam Katan, Germany
Timing of the Award 2019
Submission period Registration and upload option for concepts and submissions 1/1-5/31/19
Submission deadline Last day for online submissions 5/31/19
Online judging for compilation of the shortlist The juries view all work entered and compile a shortlist for each category 6/7-7/31/19
Jury sessions Discussion of shortlisted works, selection of five nominees per category, and the selection of the winners from the nominated works 9/2-3/19
Publication of shortlist The shortlist will be published on this website 03.09.2019
Publication of nominees Publication of the work of the nominees in the Winners’ Gallery on this website 9/9/19
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

An Overview of the Other Categories of the Felix Schoeller Photo Award

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.