Part of the nominated series "Afghanistan: The Color Awakens" by Ako Salemi, Tehran / IR

On 26 August 2021, the juries for the two categories of the Felix Schoeller Photo Award 2021, ‘Best Work by an Emerging Photographer and ‘German Peace Prize for Photography’ met. The meetings took place as online conferences. The juries selected the five best works, the nominees, for each category. From these works, the category winners were then determined in a second step.

The jury for the category ‘Best Work by an Emerging Photographer’ consisted of the internationally renowned portrait photographer Michael Dannenmann (jury chairman, DGPh), the photography expert and art advisor Simone Klein (DGPh board member), the gallery owner Clara Maria Sels and Nils-Arne Kässens, director of the Osnabrücks’ Museumsquarter. For the German Peace Prize for Photography, the jury was supplemented by Osnabrück peace researcher Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schneckener.

As in previous years, the jury members were once again enthusiastic about the high level of quality and the variety of topics of the submissions as well as the commitment of the photographers. They underlined the importance of the German Peace Prize for Photography and the need, which has once again become clear due to current developments, to also address the striving for peace through photographic means. The nominated works in both categories were published on the Felix Schoeller Photo Award website (

The nominees in the category ‘Best Work by an Emerging Photographer‘ are

Shirin Abedi – ‘May I have this dance?’

Reyad Abedin – ‘The name of my city is dust and smoke and life’

Marcos Azulay – ‘A-Dios

Arne Piepke – ‘Anecdotes from an unfamiliar land’

Axel Javier Sulzbacher – ‘Cheran’, Village of resistance


The following were nominated for the German Peace Prize for Photography

Reto Klar – ‘Life between home and hell: Refugees in Camp Moria on Lesbos’.

Emeke Obanor – ‘Heroes

Antonio Aragon Renuncio – ‘I wanna be Messi

Ako Salemi – ‘Afghanistan: The Color Awakens

Hamed Sodachi – ‘Sunrise

The winners will be announced at a virtual awards ceremony on 2 October 2021. All nominees will be connected to this event, which will be simultaneously streamed in two languages. The recording will take place at the Museumsquarter Osnabrück, MQ4.

On 03 October 2021, the exhibition ‘Winners & Nominees 2021′ will be opened to the public. The works of the winners and nominees will be on display in Osnabrücks’ Museumquarter until 06. March 2022. The works will be printed on high-quality Capture-X fine art papers.