Submissions are now being accepted for the ‘Leica Oskar Barnack Award’ competition for 2015

Entry forms are now available online

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The next round of the ‘Leica Oskar Barnack Award’, the international photographic competition for professional photographers and newcomers to the profession, has begun. The entry forms and terms and conditions of entry are available now at The closing date for online submissions to the competition is 1 March 2015.

This year, Leica has once again raised the prize money in the main category: for the first time, the winner will be presented with a cash prize of 25,000 euros and Leica M-System equipment (a camera and lens) valued at an additional 10,000 euros. Photographers under 25 may submit entries for the Leica Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award. The winner here will be presented with a cash prize of 5,000 euros and a Leica rangefinder camera and lens.

The winners will be chosen in a selection process by an international jury. In their assessment of the entries, the five jury members pay particular attention to the photographer’s unerring powers of observation and how they show the relationship between humans and the environment in vivid form in a portfolio of up to twelve images. This year’s jury members are Karin Rehn-Kaufmann (Director General of Leica Galerien International), Michael Biedowicz (Picture Editor at ZEITmagazin), Christian Caujolle (curator, founder and former director of Agence VU), Martin Kollar (photographer and last year’s award winner) and Brigitte Schaller (Art Direction, LFI Magazin).

The best entries will be showcased online from 1 April 2015. The awards will be presented in the course of the Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie photographic festival held in Arles, in the south of France, from 6 to 12 July 2015. A special issue of LFI Magazin presenting the winners and finalists and numerous illustrations of their works will be published to accompany the awards.

The ‘Leica Oskar Barnack Award’ will also see the presentation of an audience award for a winner determined by online voting on the website, the online platform for photographic competitions. Voting begins in April 2015. The winner in this category will receive a cash prize of 2,500 euros. A prize draw for non-cash prizes of Leica compact cameras will also be held for all those who participated in the vote.

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Leica Camera AG is an internationally operating, premium-segment manufacturer of cameras and sport optics products. The legendary reputation of the Leica brand is founded on a long tradition of excellent quality. In combination with innovative technologies, all Leica products fulfil a common objective: better pictures, wherever perception and visualization matter. Leica Camera AG has its headquarters in Wetzlar, in the state of Hessen in Germany, and a second production site in Vila Nova de Famalicão, Portugal and operates its own worldwide network of regional organisations, Leica Retail Stores, Leica Galleries and Leica Akademies. 

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