Culture of Solidarity is the umbrella for those exhibition cooperations that the festival is showing outside of Baden – in Tulln and in Bratislava. While in Bratislava the winning photos of the Global Peace Photo Award as well as a kind of best-of retrospective of the festival will be presented as part of the Month of Fotografie, in Tulln the festival will show Gregor Schörg’s work on the wilderness area Dürrenstein-Lassingtal.


Inspired by the 1911 Austrian Nobel Peace Prize winners Alfred Fried and Tobias Asser, the Global Peace Photo Award recognises and encourages photographers from around the world whose images capture the human quest for a peaceful world and the search for beauty and good in our lives. The prize goes to those photographs that best express the idea that our future lies in peaceful coexistence.

Inner peace, peaceful coexistence, peace within a community, peace between nations, international peace policy – what do we associate with these terms? Since many important photography awards focus on the conflicts and crises, the wars and catastrophes on our planet, they usually do not shed light on what else people are capable of. The Global Peace Photo Award, which was launched in 2013 as the Alfred Fried Photography Award, fills this gap: It shows the different facets of peacefulness and completes the image of human beings with their good sides. It honours the pictures that tell of successes instead of failures, of empathy instead of hate, of what is worth preserving instead of destroying, of encouragement instead of torment and of the human right to beauty.

Rybné námestie square has been chosen as the venue for the exhibition, which is scheduled to open on 3 July 2024 and close on 30 July 2024.

In November, a small selection of exhibitions will be shown in Bratislava as part of the EMOP Month of Photography.


Gregor Schörg grew up, so to speak, with the camera in his hand at the side of his photographer father Christian Schörg. Four years ago, he caught drone fever, a passion that earned him 2nd place in the Federal Apprentice Competition for Young Photographers 2021. Reason enough for the festival to entrust Schörg Junior with the task of photographing something that is so worthy of protection that it should almost never be entered, the Dürrenstein-Lassingtal wilderness area. The ideal case for drone photography. It is “the endless perspective possibilities“ that fascinate Gregor Schörg and which he uses to create a two-part visual monument to the wilderness area.

The primeval forest Rothwald has existed for thousands of years. It observed the development of Lower Austria over periods of time that are hardly comprehensible to us humans. The wilderness area Dürrenstein-Lassingtal with its untouched natural spaces is an emotional primordial ground of our sense of home. It was particularly the golden age of iron processing with its intensive use of wood that contributed significantly to the economic upswing of Lower Austria. The primeval forest Rothwald shows us how our homeland has been shaped by time and nature.

The border area between Styria and Lower Austria has a varied history. The primeval forests of the whole of Central Europe were exploited so heavily over the centuries that by the end of the 19th century they had shrunk to around 400 hectares. Albert Rothschild bought the forest areas around Gaming and Göstling/Ybbs with the Rothwald in the middle in 1875. As a visionary nature romantic, he recognised the importance of this primeval forest remnant, which had remained untouched by humans since the last Ice Age. Against the spirit of the times, Albert Rothschild forbade his foresters to use this forest. In agreement with the Rothschild family, the protected area was gradually extended from 1988 onwards. In 1942 it was placed under protection, and in 2001 the wilderness area Dürrenstein-Lassingtal was established with an area of 1152 hectares. By 2021, another 7000 hectares could be incorporated into the wilderness area. An immensely important step towards the preservation of our nature, which can develop here undisturbed by humans. An unparalleled project for the future. In 2017, the Wilderness Area was declared Austria’s first UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site.

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