Pulaski, NY—The fourth edition of the international Felix Schoeller Photo Award closed on May 31, 2019. The number of participants in the previous award (3442) increased to 4,091. Moreover, the new special category German Peace Prize for Photography, initiated jointly by the City of Osnabrück and the Felix Schoeller Group, got off to an excellent start with 252 participants.
In addition, the international response for the prize, with entries from 36 countries, was also a success. The new category, Fashion Photography, also closed well. The awards ceremony will take place on October 19, 2019, in Osnabrück, Germany
Felix Schoeller Photo Award Internationally Recognized
“The development of the award is basically very pleasing,” said Dr. Friederike Texter, senior vice president, Corporate Communication at the Felix Schoeller Group. “But it is not only the purely nominal increase that is important to us. Rather, we
pay attention to the international composition of the participants, which has now risen to 83% and includes photographers from 115 countries. That’s only 10 more than in 2017, but it proves that the competition has given us global recognition among professional photographers.”
Furthermore, in qualitative terms, the trend already recognized in previous years is continuing. “Without wishing to anticipate the jury’s work, we are noticing an increase in the number of renowned photographers who have already received international awards. The Felix Schoeller Photo Award thus reaches the best in the industry worldwide. This confirms that we are on the right path and will continue to pay attention to the high quality of the competition,” Dr. Texter said.
German Peace Prize for Photography
Furthermore, for the first time, the international community of photographers was called upon to submit works on the theme of peace for the German Peace Prize for Photography. The prize is jointly sponsored by the City of Osnabrück and the Felix Schoeller Group in 2019.
“It is not so easy to establish a new prize internationally. On the one hand, the number of competitions has not decreased. Moreover, of course, the subject itself is very challenging in its entire breadth and depth of interpretation,” added Dr. Texter. “Above all, because for the German Peace Prize for Photography as well as for the Felix Schoeller Photo Award, we demand a photo series as a condition of submission that stands in a conceptual context. In this case, too, our focus is on the artistic examination of the subject. We had set ourselves the goal of submitting around 200 entries. We have clearly achieved this. For this reason, we are delighted and assume that we will exceed this result in the next issue.”
Felix Schoeller Group
Founded in 1895, the Felix Schoeller Group is a family business with worldwide operations producing specialty papers. With 2,315 employees, the Osnabrück-based company produced and marketed almost 323,000 tons of specialty papers in 2017 and posted a total turnover of 747 million euros.
Moreover, the company develops, produces and markets specialty papers for photographic applications, digital printing systems, the packaging market and self-adhesive applications as well as for the furniture, wood-based products and wallpaper industry.
In addition to its Osnabrück main site and headquarters, the group has four other production facilities in Germany. It also has production facilities in the USA and Canada. In addtion, there are representative offices in Los Angeles, Sao Paulo, Tokyo, Shanghai, Kuala Lumpur, Mumbai, Melbourne, Moscow and Prague.