Felix Schoeller Photo Award 2019: Toby Binder is the winner of the Gold Award.

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The jury announces five category winners and the best emerging photographer of the 2019 competition.


Osnabrück. The winners of the Felix Schoeller Photo Award 2019 were announced and honoured in the course of a formal award ceremony on the evening of Saturday 19 October 2019. The award ceremony took place in Osnabrück’s Museum Quarter before an audience of more than 100 invited guests. The jury of the Felix Schoeller Photo Award selected five category winners, the winner of the Best Work by an Emerging Photographer award and the overall winner of this year’s competition. The winners in the individual categories were Toby Binder, Germany (Portrait), Daniel Reiter, Germany (Landscape/Nature), Julia Bezhanova, Russia (Fashion), Alexey Vasilyev, Russia (Photojournalism/Editorial) and Sarah Tröster, Germany (Free Choice/Conceptional Photography). The jury chose German photographer Maximilian Mann for the Best Work by an Emerging Photographer award. The jury was particularly impressed by Toby Binder’s work titled ‘Wee Muckers – Youth of Belfast’ and honoured him with the Felix Schoeller Photo Award in Gold. The Gold Award is presented in addition to the awards for the five category winners.

Gold Award Winner Tobi Binder (2.v.li.) with Hans-Christoph Gallenkamp, moderator Anja Backhaus und dem jury Chairman Michael Dannenmann (from left).

Hans-Christoph Gallenkamp, CEO of the Felix Schoeller Group, was particularly pleased about the enormous international resonance of the competition, which attracted entries from 113 countries. ‘It is noticeable that the photographers are extremely concerned about the exploitation of the planet and climate change. In view of this, the Felix Schoeller Photo Award inevitably also makes a contribution to current global debate on the consequences of climate change. As a company, we at the Felix Schoeller Group are especially pleased with the fruitful collaboration with Osnabrück’s Museum Quarter, which has made it possible to show the top-class exhibition for a period of almost four months. Thanks to this, the photographers are given a particularly impressive stage for their work and visitors to the exhibition gather impressions of contemporary photography from around the world.’ Gallenkamp also mentioned that the exhibited works are all printed on Felix Schoeller photographic paper, some of them in formats of up to 120 x 100 cm.

The ‘Winner & Nominees’ exhibition, from 20 October 2019 – 8 March 2020.

The 150 photographs by the nominees, the category winners and the winner of the Best Work by an Emerging Photographer award can be seen in Osnabrück’s Museum Quarter after the official opening on 20 October 2019 and until 8 March 2020.