Helmut Buss becomes laudator for the "German Peace Prize for Photography" in Osnabrück

Director of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees' Ethics Office gives opening speech at the award ceremony of the International Photo Prize.

The competition for the "German Peace Prize for Photography", initiated for the first time by the City of Osnabrück and the Felix Schoeller Group, will be awarded on October 19th, 2019 in the Peace City of Osnabrück. The internationally renowned lawyer Helmut Buss from the UN could be engaged for the opening of the award ceremony. Buss is Director of the Ethics Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Geneva, Switzerland.

Picture caption: Helmut Buss, Director of the Ethics Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Geneva.

Dr. Friederike Texter, Vice President of Corporate Communications of the Felix Schoeller Group, is delighted with the commitment of Helmut Buss, whom she has known for many years as one of about 155 family shareholders of the Felix Schoeller Group: "For me, Helmut Buss is the ideal opening speaker for the initial presentation of the "German Peace Prize for Photography". He knows what he is talking about when it comes to peace in the world from his many years as an ombudsman for the UN and other organizations. He also bridges the gap between the global topic of peace, the city of Osnabrück and the Felix Schoeller Group.”

Helmut Buss has been active for over 30 years in international humanitarian organizations on various continents and in different management positions.

Before his appointment as Director of the Ethics Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), he worked as Ombudsman for the International Committee of the Red Cross and Red Crescent (ICRC) based in Geneva. Previously, he was an Ombudsman for the United Nations Funds and Programmes (UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF, UNOPS, and UN-Women) based in New York. Prior to that, Buss worked for UNHCR for some 20 years and held various positions both at headquarters in Geneva and on the ground, including legal counsel to UNHCR and country representative for UNHCR in Kyrgyzstan. He holds a degree in law from the University of Hamburg and an MBA from the Open University Business School in the UK, and a Master's degree in mediation from the Institut Universitaire Kurt Boesch (IUKB) in Sion, Switzerland. He is a German citizen, married, and has two adult daughters.

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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.