Thomas Friedrich Schaefer, a student from BTK in Germany, won the Free Choice/Conceptual Photography category of the Felix Schoeller Photo Award. The Schoeller Award is one of the most well-known photography competitions in the German-speaking world, with more than 1,200 entries received from 65 countries.
As a manufacturer of specialty papers for the largest possible prints, Schoeller created the award to honor and support photographers who share their passion for uncompromisingly good photos. It honors work that demonstrates a love of photography and the highest standards of image quality. According to Schaefer, “One always wishes to earn accolades like this. In this case the jury is a group of people that are people like my friends and colleagues who have honored my work. It is my first prize.”
The Free Choice/Conceptual Photography category of the award focuses on merging an image with a message. The other categories focus on portraits, landscape/nature, industry/agriculture, and photojournalism. The Schoeller Award is given every two years. Learn more about the award and see the 2015 winners at: http://www.btk-fh.de/de/news/felix-schoeller-photoaward/