The internationally acclaimed portrait photographer Michael Dannenmann has been the chairman of the jury of the Felix Schoeller Photo Award since the competition began. Dannenmann alone holds the right to nominate the members of the jury, all of whom judge and decide on the quality of the entries without any influence of the company whatsoever. This independence is what consistently inspires and motivates the prominent jury members from the worlds of museums and galleries, research and academia, specialist publication and photojournalism to place their professional expertise and critical judgment at our disposal. The jury does not know the names or origins of the entrants.

Jury 2019

Michael Dannenmann


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.

Gérard A. Goodrow

Photo Tobias Grewe

Gérard A. Goodrow (born in 1964, New Jersey, USA) studied at Rutgers University in New Jersey, the City University of New York and the University of Cologne. His main professional experience includes roles at the Museum Ludwig in Cologne (1992 to 1996), the Ursula Blickle Foundation in Kraichtal (1994 to 2001), Christie’s auction house in London (1996 to 2003) and the two fairs ART COLOGNE and Cologne Fine Art (2003 to 2008). Since 2007 he has been a lecturer at the Centre for International Arts Management in Cologne and Düsseldorf. In the last 25 years, Gérard Goodrow has organised more than 50 art and photography exhibitions in Germany and abroad. He is in demand as a presenter and writer on international contemporary art, photography and the global art market. Gérard A. Goodrow now works in Cologne as a freelance curator and author.

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.

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.

The two other members of the jury will be announced in February 2019.