SOLMS, GERMANY (February 5, 2013) – Leica Camera announces the commencement of the 2013 Leica Oskar Barnack Award and invites professional photographers to submit entries to this prestigious international photography competition. Applications and photographic projects are now being accepted online here through March 1, 2013.
The winners of the 2013 Leica Oskar Barnack Award and Leica Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award will be announced over the course of the Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie festival held in Arles, France July 1-7, 2013.
The highly-esteemed accolade has been presented since 1979, the year marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of Leica inventor Oskar Barnack. The winner of the 2013 Leica Oskar Barnack Award will receive a Leica M camera with a lens worth approximately $13,524.00 (€10,000) in addition to a cash prize of $6,762.00 (€5,000). A second honor will be awarded in the category Leica Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award, for (aspiring) professional photographers aged 25 and under. The second winner will also be awarded a Leica rangefinder camera with a lens.
An international jury presents the Leica Oskar Barnack and Leica Oskar Barnack Newcomer awards to photographers whose unerring powers of observation capture and express the relationship between people and their environment in a portfolio of up to 12 images. Submissions must be a self-contained series of images in which the photographer perceives and documents the interaction between people and their environment with acute vision and contemporary visual style – creative, unobtrusive and groundbreaking.
The members of this year’s jury include: Karin Rehn-Kaufmann, artistic director of the Leica Galerie in Salzburg; Alain Genestar, editor of Polka Magazin; Markus Schaden, publisher and curator, and photographers Klavdij Sluban and Peter Turnley.
Learn more about it online here.