Leica Oskar Barnack Award calling for entries

Professional photographers have until 01 March to enter this year’s edition of the Leica Oskar Barnack Award. Now in its 32nd year, the prize has become a key event in the photographic calendar, with the winner announced in a high-profile ceremony at the Rencontres d’Arles festival in July.

But, for the first time, the overall winner will receive a Leica M9 camera and lens worth more than €9500 in addition to the usual cash prize. The value of the competition prize has also been increased for the Newcomer Award, who will now receive the same camera instead of a €2500 cash prize as in previous years.

The Newcomer Award, which was introduced in 2010, is given to “a photographer whose unerring powers of observation capture and express the relationship between humans and the environment in graphic form in a sequence of up to 12 images.”

To enter both categories, photographers must submit “a self-contained series of images in which the photographer perceives and documents the interaction between humans and the environment with acute vision and contemporary visual style – creative, unobtrusive and groundbreaking,” say the organisers.

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