In the name of the inventor of the 35 mm camera, the Leica Oscar Barnack Award had been granted yearly since 1980. Photographers can submit their series for the 36th edition of the award up until April 15, 2016, which shall broach the issue of the interaction between human and the environment.
Within this very open announcement, the award gives room for creative work as well as the development of individual ideas. Aside the main award photographers below 25 can apply for the Newcomer Award. The winners each receive camera systems valued at 10,000 euros, as well as prize money between 10,000 (Newcomer Award) and 25,000 euros (main award). The finalists at the shortlist will each receive 2,500 euros – as well as the winner of the Leica Oskar Barnack Public’s Choice Award, whom the members of the I-shot-it-Community choose (www.i-shot-it.com).
In this year the jury of the other awards consists of Chris Boot (Managing Director of the Aperture Foundation), Lorenza Bravetta (Management of the Italian Centre for Photography, Camera) JH Engström (last year’s Award-winner), Christine Ollier (Manager of the Les Filles du Calvaire Gallery in Paris) and Karin Rehn-Kaufmann (Chief Representative of Leica Galleries International). In summer this jury will elect the best pictures series.
Last year, it was JH Engström and his series Serie Tout Va Bien who won in the main category: the Swede presented fragments of his own life using a particular form of visual poetry.
Further information at: Leica Oskar Barnack Award.