Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2015: the finalists have been chosen
The outstanding portfolios of the 50 finalists of the Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2015 and the 20 finalists of the der Leica Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award 2015 can be viewed now at www.leica-oskar-barnack-award.com. This year's competition attracted a total of 1700 entries from photographers in 88 different countries, from which the shortlist of 70 finalists has now been selected. This year, for the first time, the winner of the main category 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. The winner of the Newcomer Award will be honoured with a cash prize of 5,000 euros and a Leica rangefinder camera complete with a lens.
The competition will again see the presentation of an audience award to the value of 2,500 euros. The winner of the audience award will be determined from the 70 finalists on the shortlist by an online vote on www.i-shot-it.com, the leading international website for photographic competitions. Voting started on 1 April, 2015. A prize draw for non-cash prizes of Leica compact cameras will also be held for all those who participated in the vote.
The announcement of this year’s winners of the Leica Oskar Barnack Award and the Leica Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award is scheduled to take place on 15 June, 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 work will be published to accompany the awards.
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