This video shows the winners and the other finalists of the Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2012.

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Oskar Barnack Award 2012

The Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2012 recorded over 2,800 entries from professional photographers in 101 countries this year. This video shows the portfolios of the award winners and finalists.

US photographer Frank Hallam Day won the Leica Oskar Barnack Award for his portfolio, “Alumascapes,” and Polish photographer Piotr Zbierski won the Leica Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award for his portfolio, “Pass by Me.”

Here are the finalists for this year:

  • Tamas Dezso
  • Jason Andrew
  • Arnhel de Serra
  • Stefan Bladh
  • Fausto Podavini
  • Michael Goldberg
  • Michael Frank
  • Michael Christopher Brown

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Leon Baumgardt is a passionate amateur photographer and studied photo engineering at the University of Applied Sciences in Cologne. During his studies he works as an editorial assistant for the Leica User Forum.

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7 Responses

  1. Mel Forman Jul 05, 2012 - Reply

    I must say the photos are interesting but they do an injustice to the Leica cameras that i have been using since 1954. I think they could all be taken with any low line point and shoot camera purchased in any Walmart worldwide.
    $8,000.00-25,000.00 bodies and lenses worthy of the name LEICA are not evident in this group!!
    Maybe it is my 83 years of age and 65 years a LEICANUT have softened my desire for a “SHARP,CRISP LEICA rendition.
    A VERY DISAPPOINTED LEICA USER
    Mel Forman

  2. dDq6DbWV Jul 05, 2012 - Reply

    I am impressed by the choices made by the panel. I think that the photos selected might not be favoured by everyone but they do show the breadth of talent and the new vision of leica photographers. I don’t think that the techniques, sharp or unsharp, were casual decisions. On the contrrary these were pictures that reflected the personality of the photographers and attain high artistic goals as a result. Leica cameras are not picture postcard devices, but are the means to expressing a personal vision.
    Bravo

  3. Bob Jul 07, 2012 - Reply

    Wish Leica would listen to its users. I still use my M2 because it’s quieter, is more discreet, and has better resolution than any digital. Too bad they are still behind other camera manufacturers.

  4. Dan Jul 09, 2012 - Reply

    A real case of the ‘Emperor’s Clothes’.

  5. Richard Jul 11, 2012 - Reply

    Gee. I’m an analogue d digital M user. I don’t agree with the basis of the other comments, but I read about the RV portfolio and wonder at the dominant imperative played by the text. Without it, the pictures are even more outstanding in their banality than with. But so what? Who cares? It’s largely post modern directionless documentary imagery that perhaps wouldn’t pass for even second rate small town newspaper ads for campers. The fact that the photographer is voyeur produces more reaction than anything. What is it about us this century – has all visual integrity gone missing in action ? This is hardcore nothingness and perhaps that was the point – Hey – well done on the gong though.

  6. pedro zamarripa Apr 28, 2013 - Reply

    leica cameras is the best of de best

  7. jason gold May 01, 2013 - Reply

    a wondrous collection of some of the worst photography i’ve ever seen.
    If i made such images, i’d quit. Pandering to so called intellectual art circles, of dubious morality and agendas. Really sad.

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