In celebration of Leica's 100th anniversary, this year's Oskar Barnack Award will consist not only of the usual main prize and newcomers award, but will also feature an Audience Award. The winner will be chosen by public voting from a pool of shortlisted entries – around 50 main category entries, as well as around 20 of the best newcomers. Voting begins on 1 April and ends on 30 April 2014 – simply visit I-shot-it.com to participate.
Along with the benefits of such large-scale public exposure, the winner receives a monetary prize of 2,500 euros. Those who participated in the public voting will be entered into a prize draw for a chance to win one of several high-end Leica compacts.
By the time submissions closed on 31 January 2014, more than 2,500 photographers had entered their work for the award. To view the jury's initial selection of favorites visit LOBP 2014.
The awards ceremony will take place on 13 July 2014, as part of the annual festival Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie in Arles, South of France. Also in July, LFI will publish a comprehensive special issue featuring the winning and shortlisted series.