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Leica invites entries for 2014 Oskar Barnack Award

By dpreview staff on Nov 19, 2013 at 10:58 GMT

Leica has announced the 2014 Leica Oskar Barnack Award international photography competition will be open for entries starting December 15, 2013.  

In celebration of Leica’s centennial, the camera maker is increasing the value of the cash prizes. The winner of the main category of the Leica Oskar Barnack Award will win a cash prize of €10,000 (~ $13,500) in addition to a Leica M camera and lens, valued at an additional €10,000. The Leica Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award for emerging photographers aged 25 and under will win a cash prize of €5,000 (~$6,750) and a Leica M camera with a lens.

For the first time, there will also be a prize presented in a third category – the Leica Oskar Barnack Public Award. The winner of this category will receive a cash prize of 2,500 (~$3,375). 

To enter, participants need to submit a series of ten to twelve images expressing 'the interaction between man and the environment.' The competition is open to professional photographers only.

Submissions are open until January 31, 2014.

Press release:

LEICA CAMERA NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2014 OSKAR BARNACK AWARD

New category added and value of the award raised in honor of the Leica centennial in 2014

Solms, Germany (November 18, 2013) – Leica Camera AG announces the commencement of the 2014 Leica Oskar Barnack Award and invites professional photographers to submit entries to this prestigious international photography competition. Applications and photographic projects are being accepted online from December 15, 2013 through January 31, 2014 at www.leica-oskar-barnack-preis.de. The awards will be presented in the course of the Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie photographic festival held in Arles, in the south of France, in July 2014.

In celebration of Leica’s centennial in 2014, for the first time ever, the legendary brand is doubling the value of the cash prizes from this year on. The winner of the main category of the Leica Oskar Barnack Award will be presented with a cash prize of 10,000 Euros in addition to premium-quality Leica M camera and lens, valued at an additional 10,000 Euros. The Leica Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award for emerging talents aged 25 and under entails a cash prize of 5,000 Euros and a Leica M camera with a lens.

“Leica has a history of cultural engagement that goes back several decades, particularly in the fields of photography and music, as well as in the areas where the two overlap,” said jury member Karin Rehn-Kaufmann, general manager of Leica Galleries International. “Sponsorship of photography as a creative art form has a long tradition at Leica, and the promotion of emerging talents is a particularly important part of this. So, for the centennial of Leica photography, it was only logical that we should increase the value of the prizes for the Leica Oskar Barnack Award and the award for up-and-coming photographers.”

For the first time in the award’s history, there will be a prize presented in a third category – the Leica Oskar Barnack Public Award. The winner of this category will be determined from a shortlist of candidates selected by the jury in a vote organized in collaboration with www.i-shot-it.com, an online platform for photographic competitions. The winner of this category will receive a cash prize of 2,500 Euros. All of those who participate in the vote will be eligible to win a compact camera and other Leica prizes.

Source: Leica

Comments

Total comments: 63
munro harrap
By munro harrap (4 months ago)

Enter if you qualify, and care. It is easily the best competition there is. Leitz first do not charge you money to enter, so there is no need to risk your card details online... and why should YOU pay to enter a competition? This new trend is extremely discriminatory. I enter every year> I want to win. I would count it a privilege to win and there have been some excellent and original entries that have won- not always my taste, but no less interesting for that.

As to professional, and income, you ARE joking, are you not as £10K or a $100K does not make you an anything, and there are plenty of professionals in all fields who make no money at all-it's a state of mind, not a bank account or caste group!

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yabokkie
By yabokkie (5 months ago)

would like to see a Walmart version of LF1 with a red CCC badge on it.
Coca-Cola cap.

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Quirino2k
By Quirino2k (5 months ago)

:( for only 25 years and under .. So i don't qualify to even enter im like 6years to late ...

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b craw
By b craw (5 months ago)

You can be 125 years old. You are referring to the "newcomer" prize.

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John Koch
By John Koch (5 months ago)

The contest is for "emerging talents." A 10,000 prize and a trip to France are a nice enticement to a person under 25.

Those who are comfortably established can, whatever their talent or lack thereof, have the money to travel to Arles whenever they please, and not worry about contests.

Those whose talent is stagnant, declining, or in senility should take up another hobby. Or they could beg their way to Arles and, like Van Gogh, tramp about in rags and be considered mad.

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yabokkie
By yabokkie (5 months ago)

will anyone, DPReview or DxOMark, mind to test real legend Leica cameras and lenses, those made more than half century ago?

best at their times, quite poor performance now I'd say.

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JDThomas
By JDThomas (5 months ago)

I think it's safe to say that if you worry about the definition of professional and whether or not you qualify as a professional, you're not a professional.

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John Koch
By John Koch (5 months ago)

A "professional" is anyone who from a specific trade earns, net of costs, at least as much as a mid-career cop, teacher, electrician, or retail manager, with weekly work efforts averaging around 40 hours, and leaving enough savings for insurance and retirement.

In Toronto, cop pay averages around $100k, and taxpayers foot a nice pension atop that, unless I am mistaken.

Anything less remunerative, admired, or stable than that is nothing to envy.

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JDThomas
By JDThomas (5 months ago)

So what you're saying is that one must earn a 6 figure income to be a professional?

I can tell you from experience having been both an electrician and a teacher that I wasn't making $100K/year at either of those trades. So under your terms even though I was a journeyman electrician and worked 40+ hours a week I was NOT a professional? Teachers make about $45K so under your terms they aren't professionals either. Most cops don't make $100K, nor do firemen, EMT's, plumbers, roofers, carpenters, mechanics, and on and on.

Last I checked you didn't have to make a specific amount of money to be considered a professional.

Then you go on to say that unless one makes at least $100K is admired and has a stable job that they are beneath you?

Sounds like you're a snob. And a not too bright one at that.

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tommy leong
By tommy leong (5 months ago)

OMG
look at the past winners ! ! !

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b craw
By b craw (5 months ago)

Something you might consider:
Should the impulse be brewing to make a snipey remark about Leica, please do so; however, you may want to scroll down to avoid replicating some of the more dimwitted comments already provided.

We get it: you don't like Leica. You like to speak of them with a passive or overt aggression usually reserved for your ex-spouses new rich lover. Somehow being hyperbolically critical of them just warms your cockles, and makes you feel like a (wo)man of the people.

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PhotoKhan
By PhotoKhan (5 months ago)

In my view, limiting a photography award to professionals only is negating the very spirit of photography, itself.
That such an option comes from Leica says volumes about what they're about, these days.

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ZhanMInG12
By ZhanMInG12 (5 months ago)

Have you checked their definition of "pro"? Seems pretty open-ended to me. Occasional paid work would count.

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b craw
By b craw (5 months ago)

Because there are so few competitions for amateurs, right?

I'm not a big believer in competitions in general. Let's be honest, favored works are often a product of a dozen layers of subjective evaluation. Submitting for some of the larger juried exhibitions are much the same. But it is part of what many artists and photographers do feel the need to do. Do it enough, assuming some merit to the work, and an appropriate context will be found.

I don't see a dissonance with the idea or spirit of photography that this competition is professional only, particularly given the liberal interpretation of the term. I've served on review committees. You want to know one potential reason (and I am not, of course, speaking for Leica) for such a condition? It is to reduce numbers of party pics and cute baby pics that will be submitted despite not in any way addressing the conceptual framework of the contest. It is far from elitist to take this practical measure.

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chooflaki
By chooflaki (5 months ago)

I thought it was rich amateurs who mostly bought Leica's. They are excluding most of their loyal customers from the competition. But I guess pro photographers need the money more than rich amateurs. very nobel of Leica. And what does THE INTERACTION WITH MAN AND THE ENVIRONMENT mean? Could be anything from feeding seagulls to diverting major rivers. Under this ambiguous cover all criteria, Melissa Bachman photos would be acceptable to enter. But being a woman does that disqualify her?

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b craw
By b craw (5 months ago)

Making some gossamer thin connection to the concept might be enough to get work reviewed, but such work, I suspect, won't warrant consideration for the prizes.

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Hugo808
By Hugo808 (5 months ago)

"I thought it was rich amateurs who mostly bought Leica's."

Maybe you thought wrong.

"They are excluding most of their loyal customers from the competition."

Bastards.

"And what does THE INTERACTION WITH MAN AND THE ENVIRONMENT mean?"

I suspect that when one is entering a photo contest the idea is to consider the entry requirements and come up with an original interpretation that might impress those judging with your imagination. It probably isn't for you if you can't get past the instructions on the entry form.

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CameraLabTester
By CameraLabTester (5 months ago)

Leica should define what constitutes "professional photographer" to their stipulation.

Right now, it is as clear as mud.

.

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Hugo808
By Hugo808 (5 months ago)

http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/professional

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CameraLabTester
By CameraLabTester (5 months ago)

Most likely the "Application Form" that will come out on December 15, 2013 will sort out the definition of what Leica deems as "professional photographer".

.

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sierranvin
By sierranvin (5 months ago)

If you don't know, you don't deserve to know! Get into the mood, the good, disciplined heritage and spirit of the thing!

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gloaming
By gloaming (5 months ago)

It would have been an appreciated courtesy had the announcement above made it plain early that the competition is not open to amateurs.

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Cane
By Cane (5 months ago)

You mean like saying 'invites professional photographers' in the first freaking sentence? Go yell at clouds.

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JEROME NOLAS
By JEROME NOLAS (5 months ago)

I admit I don't like Leica because it's a monster living from the past glory. Only fools like doctors, lawyers and other "special" people buy cameras like Leica Vario X or whatever the name is....simply Leica means a shame to me, that all.

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HawaiiVolcanoes
By HawaiiVolcanoes (5 months ago)

Leica sells cameras to collectors....NOT Photographers.

thank you very much

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Hugo808
By Hugo808 (5 months ago)

http://gallery.lfi-online.de/gallery//thumbnails.php?album=lastup&cat=-3707&lang=english

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RStyga
By RStyga (5 months ago)

You don't need a Leica to take such photographs... Especially, if they are taken by a film camera...

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starwolfy
By starwolfy (5 months ago)

The fact that you don't need a Leica to take that kind of photographs does not make you less a photographer. Very stupid comment, as well as HawaiiVolcanoes saying.

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Lawrence33
By Lawrence33 (5 months ago)

Thank God for the amateur. God must have love them, he made so many. And if he hadn't, I couldn't have afforded the gear I've work with all these years.

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RStyga
By RStyga (5 months ago)

I thInk stupidity is easily surpassed by arrogance; not that your point makes much sense...

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RStyga
By RStyga (5 months ago)

To the special bunch of "photographers" above, who made "meaningful" contributions to this sub-thread:
You don't need a Leica to make equally good shots; this is a valid point, not a null one, unless you have a specific arrogance-induced perceptual handicap. So, posting a link with great shots proves nothing on the gear but on the photographers. Digital Leicas do indeed have superior RAW output and, of course, wonderful lenses, but not the industry's exclusivity on it; get over it and stop implying otherwise as you will only strengthen the points made before, that Leica owners are slightly delusional.

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Plastek
By Plastek (5 months ago)

"You don't need a Leica to take such photographs" - for some of these you don't even need a camera. Just a painter with skill in hyper-realism. Or a 3D artist.

It proves exactly nothing.

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RStyga
By RStyga (5 months ago)

Whatever makes you feel happy...

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mcshan
By mcshan (5 months ago)

What is "the Leica look?".....just kidding.

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yabokkie
By yabokkie (5 months ago)

Leica is a name that has nothing to do with photography,
except this Barnack Award.

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Hugo808
By Hugo808 (5 months ago)

Dumb comment of the year. Ought to have an award of its own...

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yabokkie
By yabokkie (5 months ago)

Leica only pretends to be still involved.
The Boys from Brazil ...

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AbrasiveReducer
By AbrasiveReducer (5 months ago)

Underneath the lizard skin covering, these are still amazing cameras. I wouldn't be suprised to see some version of the Leica M body still around when button covered gizmos like the Df are in tech musuems next to the Walkmans. And I can't really fault them for charging what people are willing to pay, either. Like Dillinger, they go where the money is.

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Jogger
By Jogger (5 months ago)

First prize should have been the X Vario!

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88SAL
By 88SAL (5 months ago)

Or a Leica M ans lens worth 4 X varios. What on earth are you smoking! I own 3 Leicas, I dont always shoot with them, neither are they expensive models. They just are nice to look at, use and have. The quality is there too. So what they cost a bunch, so do sports cars, no one picks on sports cars, they just stand stand back and say "cool". Give Leica a break.

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Plastek
By Plastek (5 months ago)

You can see it's gearhead website right away. Majority of people whine about Leica or god-knows-what-else and just one (!) person mentioned how great photographs were out there in previous years.

It's something definitely worth tracking and one of most prestigious photography awards one can get these days.

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Ferling
By Ferling (5 months ago)

Plastek. Judging by the comments of these trolls, I doubt many of them actual know anything about cameras, period. After all, a Leica would be a true challenge for any gearhead to use.

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steelhead3
By steelhead3 (5 months ago)

Looking at last years winner (very nice by the way), I could not help thinking of the Gulag being reborn. Poor Russia.

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EssexAsh
By EssexAsh (5 months ago)

so how do they define professional? Do you have to have a zenfolio page? Maybe do the odd wedding?

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agentul
By agentul (5 months ago)

they show you a random camera and a paper with the word "equivalence" written on it. if you go into a rant, you've failed the test.

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stevens37y
By stevens37y (5 months ago)

has a leica already

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Hugo808
By Hugo808 (5 months ago)

A professional is someone who earns a majority of their living from whatever it is.

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EssexAsh
By EssexAsh (5 months ago)

so they will want to see bank account statements?

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white shadow
By white shadow (5 months ago)

An occupational photographer may not always be a professional photographer. In the digital age especially, there are too many people who think they can make an easy living with an entry level DSLR.

A professional photographer is one who has mastered the art of seeing, composition, exposure, lighting and able to visualise the outcome even before he shoot the photo. Normally, it will take many years of learning the theory with practice to get there.

Like cooking, everybody can cook for himself but just knowing how to cook a few dishes does not make him a chef.

From the marketing point of view, its a good idea to maintain top of the mind awareness for the brand.

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JEROME NOLAS
By JEROME NOLAS (5 months ago)

I like the red dot like a bull likes a red flag...

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stevens37y
By stevens37y (5 months ago)

bulls don't care of the red

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agentul
By agentul (5 months ago)

so this is like a normal competition, but with a red dot and larger sums of money involved? of course, some people will still claim to be able to see the difference in the image quality.

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reginalddwight
By reginalddwight (5 months ago)

What, no cat photos? Gad

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babalu
By babalu (5 months ago)

i ham a pfhrofesionall pohdografer an wantt tat prise. Have a lika too, and am very iung . wen can i start?

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Aleo Veuliah
By Aleo Veuliah (5 months ago)

Good prizes.

A good and nice competition.

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agentul
By agentul (5 months ago)

Panasonic probably has one just like it, but you can only win $500.

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Julian
By Julian (5 months ago)

A shame its only open to "professional photographers".

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Tom_A
By Tom_A (5 months ago)

It is a filter, usually this will filter on quality. Like limiting story submissions for a book to published authors.

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lightandday
By lightandday (5 months ago)

It's a shame it only open to " the young "

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Gonard
By Gonard (5 months ago)

If you have sold one (1) picture, you are a professional.

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Ferling
By Ferling (5 months ago)

Join us... :)

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Photomonkey
By Photomonkey (5 months ago)

While there are a zillion accomplished amateurs, this requirement limits the total submissions and prevents the inevitable avalanche of Instagrammed cats.

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RStyga
By RStyga (5 months ago)

There is quite a number of photo professionals that shame their profession. There's no real point in limiting this competition to professionals...

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