To mark its 40th anniversary, the Leica Oskar Barnack Award (LOBA) is launching a new selection procedure.
Whereas participation in the competition was previously application based, the finalists will now be nominated for the first time by a jury consisting of 70 world-renowned photographic experts from over 30 countries. Each nominator will select three photographers and one newcomer. The only requirements for nominations for the Award are that the photographer’s work must be a documentary or conceptual work on the theme of the relationship between mankind and its environment.
With this nomination process, the honor of being chosen as a finalist is an esteemed accomplishment of its own, as they are recognized and hand-selected by some of the most respected figures impacting the world of photography. For the first time in the Award’s 40 year history, the winner will receive a prize of €40,000, in addition to a Leica camera worth €10,000.
You can find more information on the new selection process on the LOBA website.