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«Tatort Feuerstelle» wins the photo competition

The jury decided: the winner of the Fo­to­wett­be­werbs «Le­ben und fo­to­gra­fie­ren in Zei­ten von Co­ro­na» is Christian Reding. His picture «Tat­ort Feu­er­stel­le» convinced the three jurors. Ranks two and three go to Hans U. Alder «The par­ty is over» and Franz Geisser with «Wo bleibt ihr Alle?»

A total of 308 pictures by 136 photographers are in the competition of the Pho­to Mün­sin­gen received. Have two rounds of judging the three jurors Adrian Moser, Jürg Ramseier and Christoph Ruckstuhl rated these pictures. Due to the corona situation, the judging did not take place at a physical meeting.

In the first round in the home office, the jurors rated the images individually. On the basis of an intermediate ranking list, they selected the best 20 pictures together in a second round in a Skype session and determined the ranks 1 to 3.

Diverse picture themes

In their report, the jury was impressed by the variety of topics and picture ideas dealt with: "The spectrum ranged from simple cell phone pictures to technical gadgets and sophisticated picture compositions".

In general, the implemented image ideas in empty, public space were rated more strongly than the implemented image situations from personal surroundings. In many pictures you could feel the photographer's attempt to realize your own interpretation of what it looked like outside during the Corona period and what moods you could experience.

"Bizarre-looking scenery"

Christian Reding's “Tatort Feuerstelle” finally took first place. As luck would have it, Reding is at the Pho­to Mün­sin­gen no stranger: the photographer is on site as Nikon's product manager and course instructor.

Reding writes about his motif: “Due to the current ban on gatherings, meeting points have been closed to the public in many places. So also the official fire pits around the Greifensee (ZH). These bizarre-looking scenes motivated me to pack the camera equipment including the flash units and go on a nightly 'documentary tour'. "

Typical picture for this time

On the one hand, Reding stimulated the technical challenge with the flash units. A way of photographing that he had never tried before in the landscape. On the other hand, the scene is also a typical picture for this time and - hopefully - unique. At the otherwise lively fireplace there was no one far and wide on the evening of the recording, as Reding reports.

The surreal scenery also reminds the photographer of a crime thriller: “The photographs that were created make the fire pits appear like crime scenes. Even if the real perpetrator is tiny, he has accomplished enormous deeds ».

Exhibition at the Pho­to Mün­sin­gen 2021

The second prize goes to Hans U. Alder with “The party is over”, a picture of tourism in the time of Corona. «Wo bleibt ihr Alle?» is the name of the photo from the Sihlpost hall with which Franz Geisser wins the third prize. photo book vouchers await the three winners. The best twenty pictures will be on the Pho­to Mün­sin­gen 2021 issued and are published on the competition website. All submitted images are still in the Flickr group to see.

To the competition page with the award-winning images ...

Fotoclub Ebikon: Internal competition bridged the lockdown

The Fo­to­club Ebi­kon bridged the encounterless time of Corona with an internal club competition.

The Fo­to­club Ebi­kon usually meets on the first Saturday of the month, discusses photo topics, goes on excursions and exchanges ideas about technology and image processing. Of course, these meetings were canceled during the Corona period.

As a substitute, the photo club determined a weekly topic that the members could work on independently, reports President Marie Anne Vido. “Office material”, “abstract”, “light and shadow” and “structures” are some of the topics. Every Monday evening the club members discussed the pictures via Skype. The photo club maintained club life virtually.

Under the creative works can be viewed. In the Photo gallery further work of the members can be seen.

The Ebikon Photo Club also runs one every year Club competition and takes part in the Photo Münsingen club competition with good rankings.

This is just one example of how the photo clubs got creative over the time of Corona.

Cover picture: Group topic office supplies, © Judy Fang

Reading tip: The online magazine

Within the Pho­to Mün­sin­gen is To­bi­as Kühn responsible for online communication. The specialist journalist also launched his own online magazine on photography. On he writes about photography and photographers in Switzerland.

How have photographers been doing in the last few weeks? What is the significance of the new copyright law? What is it that fascinates a nude photographer about her genre? Or how does Peter Michels, the master of the wet plate, work?

With his Online magazine will To­bi­as Kühn create a medium that shows Switzerland taking photographs in all its diversity, discovers pearls but also critically questions them - “regardless of brand interests, manufacturers and retailers”, as he writes on his website. The focus is not on the technology, but on the people behind the camera, their projects and their concerns.

There is therefore no advertising on The online magazine is still an affair of the heart at the moment. In the longer term, it is to be financed by a voluntary subscription amount from regular readers.

For anyone interested in photography, the free newsletter from It provides monthly updates on the latest articles, presents exhibitions and summarizes the technology news from the last 30 days.

To the online magazine…

#wirsagenDANKE: pictures of the Corona heroes

The #wirsagenDANKE initiative aims to portray people who have achieved great things in recent months. Co-initiator of the campaign is Mathias Kniepeiss, who would have exhibited at Photo Münsingen 2020.

Mathias Kniepeiss is a photographer in Vienna. At the Photo Münsingen 2020 he would have shown his exhibition "Cave of Drones" of the Drone Champions League. This, like the Photo Münsingen, was postponed to 2021 for known reasons.

Along with Mar­tin Meier­eg­ger and other photographers, he launched the initiative #We say thank you. The idea is to portray people and groups of people who have achieved great things and who have earned thanks and recognition for their commitment. The portraits and stories should result in a unique, exciting document of the times.

The project is presented on Mathias Kniepeiss' website. In Switzerland, the project is run by Paul Merki, and Andrea Camen unterstützt.

The edited images can be viewed by June 30, 2020 under the link

uploaded. The conditions of participation are also listed here.

The aim is also to have the best pictures selected by a professional jury and to present them in an exhibition and at photo events. In addition to the 20 best pictures from our "Living and photographing in times of Corona" competition, we might also see works from this initiative at Photo Münsingen 2021!

Cover picture: Midwife Yvonne Konrad photographed by Mathias Kniepeiss

Photo competition: The judging now follows

The photo competition "Live and take pictures in times of Corona" met with visitors to the Pho­to Mün­sin­gen vir­tu­ell to widespread interest. 308 photos were submitted. Now the challenge lies with the jury to choose the 20 best photos and from these three winners.

The Pho­to Mün­sin­gen has put together a top-class jury. Adrian Moser is chief photographer and image editor of the newspaper «Der Bund». This year he won first prize in the Swiss Press Pho­to Award, Category everyday, won. At the Pho­to Mün­sin­gen In 2019 he presented an interesting series Press photos on the Schlossgutplatz.

The freelance photographer Jürg Ramseier lives in Münsingen and presented at the Pho­to Mün­sin­gen 2019 pictures from his book «Mein Mün­sin­gen» in the castle. The book is a lovingly critical look at the emerging community of Pho­to Mün­sin­gen between village and agglomeration. In 2017 he had a well-noticed exhibition in the Korn­haus­fo­rum Bern about his life's work «Un­der my skin».

Christoph Ruckstuhl is head of the team of photographers Neu­en Zür­cher Zei­tung NZZ. He has won several prizes and awards in the Swiss Press Award won. In the NZZ am Sonn­tag he has the series with three NZZ photographers "Four photographers, four perspectives" published with personal photo series of the Corona crisis.

The three jurors will now - as is common in Corona times - conduct the jury in a video conference and select the best 20 pictures. These photos are on the website of the Pho­to Mün­sin­gen vir­tu­ell published and at the Pho­to Mün­sin­gen Issued in 2021 from May 13-16, 2021.

The first three are rewarded with great prizes in the form of vouchers from book factory, Moenchaltorf, a main sponsor of Pho­to Mün­sin­gen.

To the competition pictures on Flickr ...

Cover picture: Walter Winkler, at the hairdresser

Updated: The online training courses from our sponsors

In times when on-site training is not possible, our offer Sponsors Online training opportunities. Here are some examples:

With the access code TUTORIAL-4-YOU you can as Pho­to Mün­sin­gen vir­tu­ell Visitor to the Online tutorial portrait photography Visit for free with Krolop & Gerst worth CHF 39. All aspects of portrait photography are dealt with in six extensive chapters.

Im Photo etiquette landscape photography are Martin Mägli 12 tips to make your landscape photos special. Markus Mägli presented at the Pho­to Mün­sin­gen 2015 his fascinating landscapes in the flower house.

Zumstein Foto Video continuously offers online photo courses on interesting topics for beginners to professionals.

Bookfactory also has the page on their website inspiration activated. Here you will find a wealth of tips, information and tutorials on everything to do with photography, designing photo books and presenting the pictures.

Last chance at the photo competition

"Live and take pictures in times of Corona" is the photo competition of the Pho­to Mün­sin­gen vir­tu­ell. The closing date for entries is Sunday. So now is the last opportunity to participate. And to win photo book vouchers as well as fame and honor.

Over 250 images were received in the photo competition. People with masks, creativity in the home office and garden, empty streets or small details of the new everyday life - the photographers discovered with their cameras a wide variety of ways to depict the effects of the pandemic.

To the competition ...

To the pictures already submitted ...

Cover picture: André Maurer The Corona Star

Discover photography with

After the lockdown, the museums and galleries open again. Time to slowly and carefully consider physical photo art again. The portal continuously publishes interesting, spectacular and silent photo exhibitions in museums and galleries worldwide.

The Winterthur Photo Museum is now open and accessible again. The exhibition "Photographers at the front" shows 140 pictures between 1936 and 2011 by photojournalists and documentary photographers from the Spanish Civil War to the Second World War and the Vietnam War to the most recent conflicts.

The Swiss Photo Foundation presents a comprehensive exhibition of works by Evelyn Hofer (1922-2009). She has been named "America's Most Famous Unknown Photographer" by the New York Times. Her insights into private rooms and portraits of world-famous artists as well as her social studies are legendary. Evelyne Hofer learned the craft of photography in Switzerland, with which she maintained a close relationship throughout her life.

We have to wait a bit longer with the visits to Europe. For example a visit to the Photographic Museum Amsterdam Foam and the exhibition of Vivian Maier “Works in Color”.

But at least you can start browsing, planning and looking forward to visiting photo exhibitions. Have fun!

Patrick Rohr in an interview from Amsterdam

We like to remember Patrick Rohr's exhibition and guided tours on the subject «Japan - Away from Cherry Blossoms and Kimono» on the last one Pho­to Mün­sin­gen. Niklaus Messer conducted an interview with Patrick and wanted to know how he was doing, where he was experiencing the lockdown and what projects he was working on.

Interview with Rainer Eder

ARTEXTREM is the name of Rainer Eder's exhibition, which was planned for this year in the attic. If everything goes well, it will be made up for in a year. In an interview shortly before the driveway, the sports photographer talks about the passion for climbing and the time in lockdown.

Rainer Eder was born in Austria and has lived in Switzerland for more than 20 years. He has been a professional for many years. The passionate climber is now an excellent connoisseur of the scene and works primarily with the best rock and ice climbers in the world, such as Ines Papert and David Lama.

In 2010 and 2013 he became a finalist in the Red Bull Illume photo competition; he has also been awarded the “Best Mountain Adventure Photo” at the Banff Mountain Photography Competition.