Felix Schoeller Photo Award reports record number of entries

©Christian Werner, Winner of the FSPA 2015, Category: Photojournalism/Editorial Photography

Photographers from 92 countries enter the contest.

The 2017 International Felix Schoeller Photo Award marks the third occasion on which the contest has been held, attracting a record number of entrants, with 2,377 submissions being uploaded prior to the deadline on 31 May. That is over a thousand more entries compared to the last edition of the contest.

Significant increase in international entries.

Dr Friederike Texter, Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications of the Felix Schoeller Group, summarised the Group’s response: “We are overwhelmed by the popularity that the award is enjoying.” Alongside the higher overall number of entries, the disproportionately large increase in the number of international entries is particularly pleasing. The proportion of entries from outside Germany rose from 28% to 72%. Entrants came from a correspondingly larger number of countries, with professional photographers from 92 countries (compared to 65 in 2015) submitting their work. The greatest absolute increase recorded came from Russia, with 261 entries. Dr Texter further indicated that many entries were submitted by previous participants in the Felix Schoeller Photo Award. Moreover, the quality of the work submitted continues to be very high and, once again, many photographers took part this year following previous success in renowned photographic contests past.

The five-member jury is currently reviewing all submitted entries before meeting on 28 August for their final session. Thereafter, the shortlist will be published and the nominees’ works will be displayed on the Award’s website. The prize-giving event will take place on 14 October and, on 15 October, the “Felix Schoeller Photo Award 2017 – Winners & Nominees” exhibition will officially be opened at the “Kulturgeschichtliches Museum Osnabrueck”. The winners and nominees of the Felix Schoeller Photo Award will then be exhibited at the museum, in a high-quality setting, over a period of three months.