The prize is endowed with €5,000 to use as the winner sees fit. Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur will also organize if possible a solo exhibition of the winners’ works in cooperation with the artist.
August Sander: Circus Artistes, 1926–1932
© Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur – August Sander Archive, Cologne; VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021
The prize is designed to promote young artists working in the field of documentary and conceptual photography. In honor of August Sander’s seminal contribution to portrait photography, the candidates’ photographic work should primarily focus on portraiture. The prize is awarded every two years.
National and international artists aged 40 (on the closing date of the competition January 28, 2022) and under who work mainly with photography are eligible to enter.
The artist should submit a largely completed series of maximum 20 photographs made especially for the award. The submission must consist of unframed working prints in exhibition quality from this single series, with a maximum edge length of 60 cm.