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

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. 

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The Felix Schoeller Photo Award is one of the richest photography competitions in the German-speaking world. It honours work that demonstrates a love of photography and the highest standards of image quality. As a manufacturer of specialty papers for the largest possible prints, we are seeking to honour and support photographers who share our passion for uncompromisingly good photos. The Felix Schoeller Photo Award will be awarded every two years. Anyone who loves, and is professionally involved with, photography or contemporary photographic design is warmly invited to take part in this competition: national and international professional photographers, photographic designers and photographic artists, and emerging photographic talent, i.e. photographers enrolled on a degree course, a professional training or internship. The only thing that counts is the photograph. Our aims are to offer all entrants the opportunity to present their work to an international audience and give awards to promote outstanding work. We would also like to discover promising new talent, and have set up a separate Emerging Photographer Award to support young people’s progress towards a career in photography.