Leica will host the “Leica Oskar Barnack Prize” in 2017 too and has announced the award schedule. From March 1st to April 10th image series can be sent in.

Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2017

The prize goes to the photographer who can best express relationships between man and their environment in a picture series of up to twelve shots. Beside the Leica Oskar Barnack Award and Newcomer Award further ten submissions will each be honoured.

As in the previous year, the presentation of the awards to the winners in both categories will take place at a gala ceremony in Berlin.

The prizes:

  • Winner of the main category of the Leica Oskar Barnack Award will receive a cash prize of 25,000 Euros and a Leica M camera with lens.
  • The “Leica Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award” entails a cash prize of 10,000 Euros and also a Leica M camera with lens.
  • Winners of the Public Award will receive a cash prize of 2,500 Euros.

After launching of the competition the tender documents are available on the Award Website.

Here are the pictures of the award winner Scarlett Coten from last year:

Here is the official Leica press release with more details:

Leica announces Oskar Barnack Award 2017
Dates confirmed for prestigious annual Leica Camera AG photographic competition

Now in its 37th year, Leica has announced the opening dates for the Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2017. Those wishing to enter the renowned international competition for professional photographers, in addition to the ‘Leica Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award’ (for up-and coming photographers under the age of 25), can submit their entries between 1 March and 10 April 2017.

The competition calls for the submission of a self-contained series of between ten and twelve images, in which the photographer perceives and documents the interaction between people and their environment in a creative and ground-breaking style. Eligible for submission are portfolios of photographs captured in 2016 and 2017, or work from long-term projects including at least some images taken within this period. From 1 March 2017, entry forms and the terms and conditions of entry, will be available on the competition website at www.leica-oskar-barnack-award.com.

As in the previous year, the presentation of the awards to the winners in both categories will take place at a gala ceremony in Berlin. Oskar Barnack, the inventor of the revolutionary and iconic ‘Ur-Leica’ 35mm camera, began his career in the German capital. Indeed, in 1959, close to the Giesensdorfer Schule in Berlin – attended by Barnack as a child, and where children are still taught today – a street was named ‘Barnackufer’ to commemorate the school’s most famous pupil.

With prizes amounting to a total cash value of 80,000 euros, the ‘Leica Oskar Barnack Award’ is one of the industry’s most prestigious photographic competitions. The winner in the main category will be honoured 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 receive a cash prize of 10,000 euros and will also receive a Leica rangefinder camera and lens. In addition to the two main categories, a further ten submissions to the competition will each be honoured with prizes of 2,500 euros. The portfolios entered by all finalists will be published on the www.leica-oskar-barnack-award.com website and in a magazine published specially for the competition.

Further details will be announced during the year.

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