Günther-Klinge-Prize 2021

Awarded 2021 with the Günther-Klinge-Prize of the municipality of Gauting for special achievements in photography. Since 1980 Gauting has awarded the Günther Klinge Prize, worth 3,000 EUR, to persons or groups for outstanding cultural work who are connected with the municipality of Gauting through their life and work. This prize is awarded for special achievements in the fields of visual arts and architecture, literature and writing, music, theatre and film, and in the field of performing and performing arts. It is named after the entrepreneur, patron of the arts and honorary citizen of Gauting Günther Klinge, who died in 2009 at the age of 99. The public award ceremony will take place in 2022 because of Corona.

MUSE Photography Awards 2021

Silver: Architecture / Urban Exploration

Allianz Arena Munich during the Corona Lockdown
In front of the Munich Allianz Arena, soccer stadium of FC Bayern Munich with 75,021 seats during the Corona Lockdown. Where tourists and fans usually bustle about, craftsmen and employees work, the snack bar owners make preparations and cars are already parked in the parking lots at noon, there is yawning emptiness. The stadium was the venue for the 2006 soccer World Cup.

Prix de la Photographie de Paris (PX3) 2020

BIFA Budapest International Foto Awards 2020

PX3: Bronze in Special / Others
BIFA: Gold in Fine Art / Special Effects

There are Yin and Yang. Good and evil. Negative and Positive. But where is antimatter? Is it isolated from the whole universe? Is it lonely somewhere? Like us in these difficult times, separated from each other and going each own way. For better or worse.

Prix de la Photographie de Paris (PX3) 2020

Silver: Fine Art / Digitally Enhanced

During this period of the Corona pandemic, most of us are stuck at home. Outside, distance to other people should be kept, social contacts should be minimized, walks only in pairs or with the family. Restaurants, cafes and bars are closed. The hosts have existential concerns.

MIFA Moscow International Foto Awards 2020 

Siena Creatve Photo Awards 2020

MIFA: Bronze in Category Nature/Trees
SIENA: Commended in Category Nature & Landscape

In the darkest hours
Spruce protection in the forest of the Upper Taxet between Gauting and Buchendorf. Please do not enter such wild quiet areas and keep one’s dog on a leash in the forest. Who moves silently on forest paths leading through such forest areas may observe deer, hares, and birds at dawn or dusk that dare to leave their cover.We should not put too much strain on the recreational area forest, which we urgently need. The Würm valley is formed by unique glacial terrain formations, communities worthy of protection, and many ground monuments, which are often difficult to recognize as such. Consideration in the forest also protects people: Wild boars hide their young in the undergrowth. Normally they avoid humans. However, if it comes between Frischling and mother-sow...

MIFA Moscow International Foto Awards 2020

Bronze: Fine Art - Special Effects
for the the series "In unknown worlds of the subconscious"

Cover Image: Platform projected
Is this world real? Or is it just all in my head? What if what in my head is all that is true? Or maybe all of it, me, you, this world, is just a dream of a butterfly. Or maybe the world of such a butterfly and our world are intertwined. We also see other versions of ourselves in our deep subconsciousness. There, our pains are perhaps lesser, our lives are perhaps happier. Or maybe not. So most people just go on with their so-called real lives. But we, the dreamers, continue to explore those worlds. In the end, we may not find the truth but certainly something strange and beautiful.

BIFA Budapest International Foto Awards 2019

Bronze: Fine Art / Special Effects

Loneliness in the realm of light and darkness. From darkness to light
Buildings, old and modern. Doors, gates, windows, open or closed. Stairs, up and down. Human, there, not there, but always lonesome. This series of black and white photo artworks by Michael Nguyen uses the contrast of not only things, light and darkness but also of meanings to explore the inner contradiction, struggles and loneliness of human being. Contradictorily all of those is executed in a very calm manner.

Fresh19 - Fabrik, Fresh Future 2019

Bronze: Reportage

The World and Everyone We Haven´t Known
The winning entries are from the album The World and Everyone We Haven´t Known. This is a recognition for Michael's work of portraying human conditions in a very human and touching way. On the streets, in the museum, on the river banks, in the woods, underground. We meet them everywhere. We don’t talk to them, we just watch them doing whatever they are doing. We don’t ask ourselves what they are thinking or what their lives are like. We just like those moments and capture these. Because we want them in our memories. 

Fresh19 - Fabrik, Fresh Future 2019

Carbon: Portraiture 

Afghan Refugee
Afghan Refugee "There are still shadows in and around me after the war in Afghanistan, but the warming lights of loved ones on my skin give hope...." 

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