Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2017
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.