The Leica Oskar Barnack Award has been given for the 35th time and the winners this year are as diverse as photography itself: JH Engström was named overall winner for his convincing personal essay; Wiktoria Wojciechowska took the Newcomer Award for her surprising China series.
The finalists are:
Fabio Bucciarelli – On The Brink Of An Abyss
The creation of the State of South Sudan was to bring an end to the suffering of the population – a deceptive hope.
Anastasia Vlasova – The Sense Of War
The Ukrainian journalist documents the war being waged in the separatist region to the east of her home country.
Anni Leppälä – The Book Of Images
Inspired by lyrical works and artistic film direction, Leppälä has created an impressionistic series full of riddles.
Igor Pisuk – Deceitful Reverence
Pisuk reflects his daily life and his emotions in self-portraits and studies of nature.
Helge Skodvin – A Moveable Beast
The strange behaviour of animals at the Natural History Museum in the Norwegian town of Bergen.
Bieke Depoorter – I Am About To Call It A Day
A place to spend the night: Depoorter took photographs in the homes of chance acquaintances.
Guillaume Martial – Parade
People as a measure of things: Martial placed himself as an integral part of architectural structures.
Danila Tkachenko – Restricted Areas
The icy legacy of the Soviet Union: a glimpse at the ruins of progress.
Matt Wilson – Stateside
Wilson’s atmospheric images of the United States reveal that the American Dream has seen better days.
You can find the special edition of LFI, with comprehensive portfolios of the winners and all the finalists, at the LFI Shop.