Felix Schoeller 2021 Photo Awards Nominees Revealed

Felix Schoeller 2021 Photo Awards Nominees Revealed


Pulaski, NY—The juries for the two categories of the Felix Schoeller 2021 Photo Award met in the last week of August. The two categories comprise Best Emerging Photographer as well as the German Peace Prize for Photography.

This year, however, the meetings took place as online conferences. Moreover, the juries nominated the five best works for each category. Felix Schoeller will announce the winners of both categories at the official award ceremony on October 2, 2021 in Osnabrück, Germany.

Felix Schoeller 2021 Photo Awards

The jury for the category Best Emerging Photographer consists of the internationally renowned portrait photographer Michael Dannenmann, jury chairman, DGPh. Joining him are photography expert and also art advisor Simone Klein (DGPh board member); gallery owner Clara Maria Sels; as well as Nils-Arne Kässens, director of the Museumsquartier Osnabrück.

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© Ako Salemi, Afghanistan: The Color Awakens

For the German Peace Prize for Photography, the jury was supplemented by Osnabrück peace researcher Prof. Dr Ulrich Schneckener.

The jury members were once again enthusiastic about the high level of quality and the variety of topics of the submissions. In addition, they underscored the importance of the German Peace Prize for Photography as well as the need to address the striving for peace through photographic means.

The nominated works in both categories are now published on the Felix Schoeller Photo Award website.

Best Emerging Photographer

The nominees in the category of Best Emerging Photographer and the titles of their work follow.

  • Reyad Abedin: “The name of my city is dust and smoke and life”
  • Marcos Azulay: “A-Dios”
  • Axel Javier Sulzbacher: “Cheran, Village of resistance”
  • Arne Piepke: “Anecdotes from an unfamiliar land”
  • Shirin Abedi: “May I have this dance?” Felix-Schoeller-2021-Logo
Germany Peace Prize for Photography

The following were nominated for the German Peace Prize for Photography.

  • Antonio Aragon Renuncio: “I wanna be Messi”
  • Reto Klar: “Life between home and hell: Refugees in Camp Moria on Lesbos”
  • Ako Salemi: “Afghanistan: The Color Awakens”
  • Emeke Obanor: “Heroes”
  •  Hamed Sodachi: “Sunrise”

All nominees will attend the livestream of the office award ceremony; it will broadcast simultaneously in German and English. The recording will take place in the premises of the Kulturgeschichtliches Museum, which is part of the Museumsquartier Osnabrück, MQ4.

In addition, on October 3, 2021, the exhibition “Winners & Nominees 2021” opens in the Kulturgeschichtliches Museum, Osnabrück. The works of the winners and the nominees of both categories will display there until June 3, 2022.