Leica Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award Contest 2009

The renowned photographic competition, the Leica Oskar Barnack Award will be celebrating its 30th year in 2009. On the occasion of this special jubilee, Leica Camera AG has revised the entry conditions and included numerous changes.

Entries for the Leica Oskar Barnack Award/Newcomers Award 2009 will be accepted as online submissions between 15 January and 1 March 2009.

A Newcomers Award will be incorporated in the competition for the first time. The competition for this award is open to all (prospective) photographers who are aged 25 years and under.

An international jury awards the Leica Oskar Barnack Award / Leica Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award to photographers whose unerring powers of observation capture and express the relationship between man and the environment in the most graphic form in a sequence of up to 12 images. Entry submissions must be a self-contained series of images in which the photographer perceives and documents the interaction between man and the environment with acute vision and contemporary visual style – creative, groundbreaking and unintrusive.

The winner of the Leica Oskar Barnack Award will receive 5,000 euros or, alternatively, Leica camera equipment to the same value. The winner of the Newcomer Award will be awarded 2,500 euros. The prizes will be presented in the course of the Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie photographic festival held in Arles, France.

All photo series submitted will be displayed in a special online gallery section of the Leica website for a period of time, ending with the request for entries for the new competition. All photographers have the possibility to be displayed in the online gallery under a “nickname”.

Leica – Oskar Barnack Award Contest.


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2 Responses to “Leica Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award Contest 2009”

  1. Marco Ruggiero Says:

    I would be very interested in participating in the contest. You will see in my website that the majority of the images were shot with a Leica M6.
    I am strictly amateur, however I feel that my work can contribute to the contest.
    Please let me know where I can obtain the information to enter.

    Best regards,

    Marco Ruggiero

  2. Jason Says:

    Hello Marco,

    There is a link at the bottom of the article, but i have enclosed the URL in this reply as well. Upper right hand corner you will see that there is a drop down menu that provides some information for 2009 submissions. I myself would like to apply as well, however my rangefinder collection is a work in progress. How you categorize your talents as a photographer should not apply, amateur’s have over time provided some of the more memorable images in history as well as today’s marketplace. Anything else I can do to help you out let me know

    Link to the contest

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