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Clémentine Schneidermann
Winner of the Leica Oskar Barnack Award Newcomer 2016

Leica has announced that entries for its 2017 Oskar Barnack award will be accepted from 1st March and that the winner will receive €25,000 in cash and €10,000 worth of M-system equipment comprising a body and lenses. The theme for this year is ‘the interaction between people and their environment’ and entrants are expected to submit a series of between ten and twelve images that were all or mostly shot during 2016-17.

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In addition to the main prize, there will be a Newcomer Award for 25s and under that will consist of €10,000 of cash and €10,000’s worth of M-system camera and lenses. Ten other photographers will receive a prize of €2,500 for being in the shortlist.

The competition is open to professional and, in the case of the Newcomer Award, prospective professional photographers and there is only one entry per person. Images do not have to have been shot on Leica equipment.

Entry closes on April 10th and the winners will be awarded their prizes at a ceremony in Berlin. For more information and to see the winners from previous years visit the Leica Oskar Barnack Award website.

Press release

Leica announces Oskar Barnack Award 2017

Dates confirmed for prestigious annual Leica Camera AG photographic competition

Now in its 37th year, Leica has announced the opening dates for the Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2017. Those wishing to enter the renowned international competition for professional photographers, in addition to the ‘Leica Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award’ (for up-and coming photographers under the age of 25), can submit their entries between 1 March and 10 April 2017.

The competition calls for the submission of a self-contained series of between ten and twelve images, in which the photographer perceives and documents the interaction between people and their environment in a creative and ground-breaking style. Eligible for submission are portfolios of photographs captured in 2016 and 2017, or work from long-term projects including at least some images taken within this period. From 1 March 2017, entry forms and the terms and conditions of entry, will be available on the competition website at

As in the previous year, the presentation of the awards to the winners in both categories will take place at a gala ceremony in Berlin. Oskar Barnack, the inventor of the revolutionary and iconic ‘Ur-Leica’ 35mm camera, began his career in the German capital. Indeed, in 1959, close to the Giesensdorfer Schule in Berlin – attended by Barnack as a child, and where children are still taught today – a street was named ‘Barnackufer’ to commemorate the school’s most famous pupil.

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) valued at an additional 10,000 euros. The winner of the Newcomer Award will receive a cash prize of 10,000 euros and will also receive a Leica rangefinder camera and lens. In addition to the two main categories, a further ten submissions to the competition will each be honoured with prizes of 2,500 euros. The portfolios entered by all finalists will be published on the website and in a magazine published specially for the competition.

Further details will be announced during the year.