This year marks the 42nd edition of the prestigious Leica Oskar Barnack Award. On the basis of nominations put forward by around sixty leading photography experts from 34 countries, the jury has compiled a shortlist of twelve finalists:
- Lynsey Addario: Women on the Frontline of Climate Change
- Irene Barlian: Land of the Sea
- Alessandro Cinque: Peru, a Toxic State
- DOCKS Collective: The Flood in Western Germany
- Valentin Goppel: Between the Years
- Kiana Hayeri: Promises Written on the Ice, Left in the Sun
- Nanna Heitmann: Protectors of Congo’s Peatland
- M’hammed Kilito: Before It’s Gone
- Léonard Pongo: Primordial Earth
- Victoria Razo: Haitian Migration Crisis
- Felipe Romero Beltrán: Bravo
- Rafael Vilela: Forest Ruins – Indigenous Way of Life and Environmental Crisis in the Americas’ Largest City
The selected projects will be presented on the LOBA website until October. The main winner – as well as the winner of this year’s Newcomer Award – will be announced at a grand award ceremony in Wetzlar on October 20, 2022. The event forms part of this year’s Celebration of Photography, which also includes the Hall of Fame Award ceremony.
All winning and shortlisted LOBA series will subsequently be presented in an exhibition at the Ernst Leitz Museum (realised with the support of WhiteWall), and published as a comprehensive catalogue. This will be followed by further LOBA 2022 exhibitions in Leica Galleries and at photo festivals worldwide.
All shortlisted series can now be discovered at leica-oskar-barnack-award.com