Leica has increased the value and volume of prizes on offer for the forthcoming Oskar Barnack awards for 2016, with the winner taking home €25,000 in cash on top of a €10,000 M system camera and lens. The newcomer prize has been doubled to €10,000 in cash, and the winner will also receive a Leica rangefinder kit. 

The competition theme will be the relationship between man and the environment, and entrants are expected to submit a series of 10-12 images that work together ‘with acute vision and contemporary visual style – creatively and innovatively’. As well as the main award there will be ten awards of €2500. 

Submitted pictures must have been taken in 2015 or 2016, and all entrants for the main competition must be professional photographers. Prospective professionals who are 25 years old or younger can enter the Newcomer Award – for which there will be a main prize-winner and a further ten photographers will have their work 'recognized'.  

An online public voting process will also take place via the i-shot-it website, and the winner of that will receive €2500 as well. Voters will be entered into a draw for Leica compact cameras.

The competition opens on 1st March and the closing date will be 15th April 2016. For more information visit Leica's Oskar Barnack awards website, and to see the submission of last year’s winner, visit the Leica gallery of Swedish photographer JH Engstrom. You can see other successful submissions in the general winners’ galleries

Press release: 

Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2016

Prestigious photographic competition continues in 36th year with brand new features and prizes

Now in its 36th year, the Leica Oskar Barnack Award, an international photographic competition for professional photographers as well as up-and-coming photographers under the age of 25, continues its rich tradition in 2016 with numerous new features and significantly more attractive prizes. 

The recipients of this year’s Leica Oskar Barnack Awards will be honoured at an official prize-giving ceremony, to be held in Germany for the first time in many years. Furthermore, the prize value for the winner of the ‘Newcomer Award’ has been doubled to a total of 10,000 euros and, for the first time, the work of ten further entrants will be recognised. 

The Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2016 competition is open for entries from 1 March 2016. Photographers interested in taking part can now submit their applications and photographic projects online, with a closing date of 15 April 2016. Terms and conditions of entry can be downloaded from http://www.leica-oskar-barnack-award.com/

With prizes amounting to a total cash value of 80,000 euros, the Leica Oskar Barnack Award is one of the industry’s most prestigious photographic competitions. The winner in the main category will be honoured with a cash prize of 25,000 euros and Leica M-System equipment (a camera and lens) with an additional value of 10,000 euros. The prize money for the Newcomer Award has been doubled this year: the winner in this category will receive a cash prize of 10,000 euros and will also be presented with a Leica rangefinder camera and lens. 

In addition to the main categories, a further ten photographers will be awarded cash prizes of 2,500 euros each and, for the first time this year, will also be recognised as being among the twelve best photographers in the competition. The portfolios of all the finalists will be presented on the web site and published in a special issue of LFI Magazine. 

A judging panel of prominent international experts selects the winners, focusing particularly on the photographers’ unerring powers of observation, and how they show the relationship between man and the environment, expressed graphically in portfolios of up to twelve images. 

The members of this year’s jury are: Karin Rehn-Kaufmann, Art Director Leica Galerien International (Salzburg), JH Engström, photographer and last year’s award winner (Karlstad, Sweden), Christine Ollier, Art Director Galerie Filles du Calvaire (Paris), Chris Boot, Executive Director, Aperture Foundation (New York) and Lorenza Bravetta, Director, Camera – Italian Centre for Photography (Turin).

The Leica Oskar Barnack Award will also include the presentation of a public award, with the winner being chosen by online voting at http://www.i-shot-it.com/, the online platform for photographic competitions. The winner in this category will receive a cash prize of 2,500 euros. A prize draw for non-cash prizes of Leica compact cameras will also be held for all those who participated in the online voting process.