Monday, January 24, 2011

Leica announces Oskar Barnack Award 2011

International photo contest of Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2011 will be open for entries from 15 January with a first prize worth € 14,500 (~ $ 19,000). This year the prize for the winner will receive a M9 rangefinder and lens over a € 5,000 prize money offered last year. To enter, participants must submit a series of ten to twelve images expressing ' the interaction between humans and the environment '. There is also a Newcomer award open to photographers under 25. Submissions are open until 15 March 2011.

Click here for more information and to participate in the contest

Press release:

Solms, Germany (12 January 2011)-Leica Camera AG invites photographers to submit entries for the ' Leica Oskar Barnack Award, an international photography contest. Photographers wishing to participate can submit their entries online by January 15, 2011 to March 1, 2011 at This year, the value of the awards competition has significantly increased, with the winner receives their own piece of history of Leica.

For the first time, the winner of ' Leica Oskar Barnack Award will receive a camera Leica M9 and lens 9500 euro (about $ 12,300), in addition to a cash prize of 5,000 euros (about $ 6500). For the ' Newcomer Award, open to all photographers (would-be) aged 25 and under, the prize is also increased. The winner will receive a Leica M9 camera and a lens.

Conditions of entry of competition: an international jury will assign the ' Leica Oskar Barnack Award '/' leica Oskar barnack Newcomer Award ' for photographers which powers infallible observation capture and express the relationship between humans and the environment in graphical form in a sequence of images up to 12. Observations of entry must be a self-contained series of images that the photographer collects and the interaction between humans and the environment with acute vision and contemporary visual style – creative, innovative and discreet.

The competition is a Memorial of Oskar Barnack (1879-1936), the inventor of the Leica. From 1914 on, has increasingly used the prototype camera that has developed, today known as the Ur-Leica, photography. The history of Photojournalism is closely linked to its invention, since 1925, the Leica compact cameras and easily transported were instrumental in enabling entirely new expressive forms of photography.

The terms and conditions of entry can be downloaded at

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