The Alfred Fried Photography Award recognizes and promotes photographers from all over the world whose pictures capture human efforts towards a peaceful world and the quest for beauty and goodness in our lives. The award goes to those photographs that best express the idea that our future lies in peaceful coexistence.

Why we need the Alfred Fried Photography Award

Inner peace, peaceful coexistence, peace within a community, peace between nations, international policy of peace – what do we associate with all this? As many important photography awards focus on the conflicts and crises, the wars and catastrophes on our planet, professional awards do not normally highlight what other things humans are capable of. The Alfred Fried Photography Award, launched in 2013, fills this gap: it shows the various facets of peacefulness. It completes the image of humans by adding their good sides. It honours the pictures which tell about successes rather than failures; of empathy rather than hatred; of things worth preserving rather than destruction; of encouragement rather than agony; and of the human right to beauty.

The international Alfred Fried Photography Award for the best photo of peace is not an award for escapism, wildflower meadows and sunsets or an award for the sweetest smile, nor does it criticize the informative reportage photography which by nature depicts the misery of our world. It is, however, an award which encourages professional photographers to visualize on the highest level what inspires hope: from private efforts to support refugees to meaningful development aid; from pictures of personal happiness to examples of community spirit; from fighting poverty to a successful nature conservation project; from permitted withdrawal to peaceful niches to an enthusiastic rebellion against injustice; from important advances in medicine and in environmental protection to the reconstruction of cities in ruins. The Alfred Fried Photography Award celebrates the ability of humans to be caring and supportive. Named after Alfred Fried (1864 to 1921), the Austrian Nobel Peace Prize holder, it celebrates all kinds of pacifism and disarmament of individuals and society as a whole.

The Alfred Fried Photography Award aims to discover the best picture of the better side of humans and the positive aspects of changes in this world. © Peter-Matthias Gaede

Who was Alfred Fried?

Alfred Hermann Fried (* 11 November 1864, Vienna; † 4 May 1921, Vienna) was an Austrian pacifist and author. As founder of the journal Die Waffen nieder! (Lay down your arms!) and other peace activities, Fried received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1911, together with Tobias Asser, organizer of the first International The Hague Peace Conference and instigator of the Permanent Court of Arbitration.


The Alfred Fried Photography Award is organized by Photographische Gesellschaft (PHG) and Edition Lammerhuber in partnership with UNESCOthe Austrian Parliamentthe Austrian Parliamentary Reporting Associationthe International Press Institute (IPI), the German Youth Photography Award and the World Press Photo Foundation.


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