Opening: March 1, 2019
Deadline: April 5, 2019
Entry fee: Free
Prizes: €2,500, €10,000, €25,000, camera Leica M, lens Leica
An international jury awards the Leica Oskar Barnack Award to professional photographers whose unerring powers of observation capture and express the relationship between man and the environment in the most graphic form in a sequence of a minimum of 10 up to a maximum of 12 images.
Entry submissions must be a self-contained series of images in which the photographer perceives and documents the interaction between man and the environment with acute vision and contemporary visual style – creative, groundbreaking and innovative. Only one entry per photographer is accepted.
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Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2018 Winners
First prize of the highly prestigious photography competition, the ‘Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2018’, main category, goes to Belgian photographer Max Pinckers for his series entitled ‘Red Ink’. He receives a prize of 25,000 euros and a Leica M camera and lens.
Pinckers wants his work to explore the degree to which photography actually reflects reality. This also applies to his current project, “Red Ink”, that he photographed under strict surveillance in North Korea, and where he plays very specifically with the viewer’s perception.
Max Pinckers’ work moves between visual storytelling, documentary photography and sheer aesthetics. He was already a finalist for the Leica Oskar Barnack Award in 2016.
Winner Award Newcomer 2018
The Leica Oskar Barnack Award Newcomer 2018 goes to Mary Gelman for her series “Svetlana”. She receives a prize of 10,000 euros and a Leica M camera and lens.
Svetlana is a facility run by the anthroposophic Camphill movement, and lies about 150 kilometres east of St. Petersburg. For nearly two years, Mary Gelman returned frequently to visit the place – a wholistic children’s initiative where handicapped people can live and work free of any prejudice or discrimination.