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Named after the founder of the monastery, the St. Leopold Peace Prize is awarded biennially. In 2018 the prize will be awarded for the eighth time. It commemorates the founder of the monastery, Margrave Leopold, who was canonised by the Catholic church in 1485 for his peace policy and his generosity towards the poor.
The purpose of the prize is to promote art that focuses on humanitarian subjects. The main prize amounts to EUR 12,000, which is at the same time used to acquire the award-winning work of art; in addition, the winner receives a bronze statuette of Saint Leopold. In previous years, the jury also took the opportunity of awarding two honorary prizes amounting to EUR 1,000 each.
The St. Leopold Peace Prize is awarded for works of art that take a critical stance towards humanitarian and social issues. It is given to artists who work in the fields of painting, graphic art, sculpture and photography. The competition has a motto which is usually taken from the Bible and designed to invite reflections. The competition is open to artists of all nationalities, political and religious convictions, independent of their previous experience and artistic training, and also to groups of artists.