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Photo Award 2015

Karolin Klüppel wowed the jury with her work entitled “Mädchenland”


Karolin Klüppel, Berlin, wowed the jury with her work in the portrait category entitled “Mädchenland”. She received 2,000 euros as category winner and a further 10,000 euros as winner of the overall Gold Award. The awards ceremony took place on 27 September 2015 in Osnabrück’s Cultural History Museum, after which the exhibition was officially opened. Each of the five category winners received a trophy and 2,000 euros. The Emerging Photographer Award – this year an extremely generous donation by Phase One, the world’s leading manufacturer of open-platform, medium-format cameras and solutions – went to Mohammad Fahim Ahamed Riyad from Bangladesh for his work entitled “Children of the Dead River.”

The Felix Schoeller Photo Award, which enjoyed its debut in 2013, has now successfully completed its second round. It received entries from professional photographers from 65 countries (2013: 26 countries), including many who had already won international prizes. In his welcoming speech to 100 invited guests, Dr Bernhard Klofat, the Felix Schoeller Group’s CEO, stressed the international aspect of the Felix Schoeller Photo Award: “I am particularly thrilled by the international dimension, which is reflected in the work submitted by the young photographers. I think that is an excellent fit with a company with global operations such as the Felix Schoeller Group.”

Michael Dannenmann, who chaired the jury, was particularly impressed by the rich content and emotionally charged issues dealt with by the winning entries. Speaking of the overall winner Karolin Klüppel, the renowned portrait photographer said: “In her work she immerses herself in the life of Indian girls, who at an early age take on a very dominant role in the matrilineal society of the indigenous Khasi people. With her photography that is both documentary and painterly she shows these girls in their everyday environment. They are sensitive and powerful portraits that testify to the close relationship between the photographer and her subjects.”

Online gallery of the photos submitted by Karolin Klüppel

The photographs submitted by the winner of the Emerging Photographer Award, Mohammad Fahim Ahamed Riyad, are also highly charged – both emotionally and in terms of their social commentary: “Love for his own country has made the photographer take a very close look at it. He does not remain at a distance behind his camera but shows us through his pictures his sorrow, his compassion and his hope. This is photojournalism and documentary photography of the very highest calibre,” said jury member Ellen Dietrich (head of photography at Die Zeit weekly newspaper) describing the jury’s impression of the work. After Dr Klofat had presented the trophy, Heinz Pabst (Phase One Germany) congratulated the winner of the Emerging Photographer Award. Phase One is going to lend the prizewinner camera equipment and editing software to carry out a particularly ambitious project. The cost of renting it commercially would be 18,000 euros.

Online gallery of the photos submitted by Mohammad Fahim Ahamed Riyad

Great pieces of work – and large formats to showcase them

The work of the 30 photo artists will be exhibited in a show entitled “Winners & Nominees – the Felix Schoeller Photo Award 2015” which will run at Osnabrück’s Cultural History Museum from 27 September 2015 to 17 January 2016. In collaboration with the city of Osnabrück and Cultural History Museum, the winning entries will be presented in large formats on high-quality Felix Schoeller photo paper.

Please click here to see all the winning and nominated entries in a permanent digital exhibition.