Le­ica Oskar Bar­nack Award 2017

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En­tries can be sub­mit­ted to the 2017 Le­ica Oskar Bar­nack Award be­tween 1 March and 10 April. The long-run­ning com­pe­ti­tion for pro­fes­sional pho­tog­ra­phers has a new cat­e­gory for this year – the Le­ica Oskar Bar­nack Award New­comer – which is open to any work­ing pho­tog­ra­pher un­der the age of 25. Sub­mis­sions must com­prise a self-con­tained se­ries of be­tween ten and 12 images which doc­u­ment the in­ter­ac­tion be­tween peo­ple and their en­vi­ron­ment in a “cre­ative and ground-break­ing style”. Th­ese images can have been taken in 2016 or this year, or work from a long-term project in which some of the images were cap­tured dur­ing this pe­riod. The win­ner in the award’s main cat­e­gory will re­ceive a cash prize of 25,000 Eu­ros (cur­rently around A$38,000) and a Le­ica M rangefinder cam­era (with lens) val­ued at an ad­di­tional 10,000 Eu­ros (around A$15,500). The win­ner of the New­comer cat­e­gory will col­lect a 10,000 Eu­ros cash prize and a Le­ica M cam­era (with lens). Ten fi­nal­ists will re­ceive 2500 Eu­ros prizes. En­try forms and con­di­tions will be avail­able from 1 March at www.le­ica-oskar-bar­nack-award.com

The award hon­ours the work of the leg­endary Ger­man op­ti­cal engi­neer Oskar Bar­nack (1879-1936) who cre­ated the orig­i­nal 35mm Le­ica cam­era. The Award was orig­i­nally es­tab­lished to com­mem­o­rate the 100th an­niver­sary of Bar­nack’s birth.

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