The British artist, filmmaker and author Matt Hulse was born in Oxford in 1968. He has lived and worked in China and North Korea for the past three years. He is winner of the category ‘Free Choice / Conceptual Photography’ as well as Winner of the Felix Schoeller Photo Award in Gold. In his award-winning series, ‘Sniper’, Matt Hulse sets his sights on total strangers he sees from high-rise buildings with a touch of typically British humour. Please click here for the video interview.
The work of Argentinian photographer Rodrigo Illescas, born 1983 in Buenos Aires, has been shown at numerous exhibitions in South America and Europe. The artist, who, as well as working as a photographer, also publishes books of his poetry, has won a multitude of international prizes and awards. In Germany, he was one of the finalists of the Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2015. With his work ‘Are you There?’ Illescas was successful in the category Portrait. To watch the video interview, please cklick here.
Alain Schroeder was born in Luxembourg in 1955 in and works as a photojournalist around the globe. Today, Schroeder lives and works predominantly in South-East Asia. In his award-winning entry with the title ‘Living for Death’ he documents the rituals of death and burials in Toraja, Indonesia. You’ll find the video interview here.
Born in Aleppo in 1994, Syrian photographer Hosam Katan documents the horrific consequences of the civil war in the city that was once his home. He also shows the courage and inventiveness of citizens of the war-torn city in their daily battle for survival. With his series ‘Living with War’ Hosam Katan won the category ‘Best Work by an Emerging Photographer’. Katan was wounded by a sniper in Syria in 2015 and is now studying photojournalism in Hanover, Germany. Please click here for the video interview.
Saskia Boelsums spent her childhood in Iran and on the island of Curaçao. As an artist and photographer, she feels inspired by the classical landscape paintings of the Dutch masters. Nevertheless, in her award-winning work ‘Dutch Landscape’ the burning issues of climate change play an important role. Today, Saskia Boelsums lives in Nieuw-Schoonebeek, The Netherlands. Please find the video interview here.
Mario Brand successfully completed his studies in ‘Photography and Media’ at the Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences in 2016. Being chosen as the winner in the category Architecture / Industry at the Felix Schoeller Photo Award 2017 is the first major award for his work. Brand lives and works in Bielefeld, Germany. Click here to watch the video interview.
The presentation of the prizes of this year’s Felix Schoeller Photo Award took place on 14 October in the Museum of Cultural History in Osnabrück. Amongst the audience of around 80 invited guests were all five category winners, the winner of the Emerging Photographer Award and the winner of the Audience Prize.
On Saturday, October 14th, the awards ceremony of the Felix Schoeller Photo Award 2017 will take place in Osnabrück. The category winners, the Gold Award winner and the winner of the People’s Choice Award will be announced to the public.
Selected from 2,377 submissions from 92 countries, spanning six categories – Portraiture, Landscape, Architecture, Photojournalism, Conceptual and Best Emerging Photographer – this year’s thirty nominees are a celebration of some of the best contemporary photography the world has to offer. But whose work deserves to win?more
The jury’s decision is now final: they have nominated five submissions in each of the five categories and for the ‘Emerging Photographer’ competition. All nominated submissions can now be viewed online together with descriptions of the concept and information about the photographer. more