Johanna Maria Fritz is the winner of the German Peace Prize for Photography.

The photographer from Berlin wins through against her international competitors

Osnabrück. Saturday evening saw the awarding of the first ‘German Peace Prize for Photography’ to Johanna Maria Fritz. Lord Mayor Wolfgang Griesert presented the certificate and the winner’s cheque for 10,000 euros to the photographer from Berlin. With her work titled ‘Like a Bird’, Fritz won through against projects submitted by top-class competitors from 43 countries around the world. The prize is the result of a joint initiative launched by the City of Osnabrück and the Felix Schoeller Group. The winning entry and the work of the nominees will be on view to the general public in an exhibition in Osnabrück’s Museum Quarter from 20 October 2019 to 8 March 2020.

Johanna Maria Fritz (2 from left) with Hans-Christoph Gallenkamp, CEO  Felix Schoeller Group, moderator Anja Backhaus, Wolfgang Griesert and jury Chairman Michael Dannenmann (from left).

Wolfgang Griesert, Lord Mayor of the City of Osnabrück, expressed his appreciation of the enormous engagement of the photographers from 43 countries who submitted entries for the ‘German Peace Prize for Photography’: The ‘German Peace Prize for Photography’ is a wonderful opportunity that ensures that we never lose sight of the concept of peace, even in troubled times.’ He also emphasised the special connections with Osnabrück, ‘The City of Peace’, and its numerous activities and events in the name of peace. ‘Up until now, there has been no comparable art award in Germany. With the German Peace Prize for Photography’, we have created a special format for addressing the subject of peace’, says Griesert.

The new culture prize as a commitment to the City of Peace

It is no coincidence that the new cultural peace prize comes from the City of Osnabrück. With the creation of the award, the initiators paid tribute to the special role played by the city in history. As the city in which the Peace of Westphalia was negotiated in 1648, Osnabrück understands its history as a commitment to engage in the politics of peace. This also applies to the cultural programme being developed for the city and beyond regional borders.

The German Peace Prize for Photography Exhibition, from 20 October 2019 – 8 March 2020.

The winning entry and the work of the nominees will be on view in an exhibition in Osnabrück’s Museum Quarter from 20 October 2019 to 8 March 2020. The exhibited works are all printed on Felix Schoeller photographic paper, some of which are in formats of up to 120 x 100 cm. The exhibition of the Peace Prize also breaks new ground in public space: In the bus shelters in downtown Osnabrück, the photos of the winners and nominees are presented to a broad public.

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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.