Some people are great at expressing themselves by writing about it in prose or poetry. Others do it better through film or by creating physical representations of the message they want to convey, like a sculpture. And then there are the ones who live by the old adage: A picture paints a thousand words.
In line with this, Leica has just announced that the Leica Oskar Barnack Award competition is now open for another round this 2012. Interested parties can submit their applications starting January 16, 2012 until March 1, 2012.
The competition is currently in its 33rd year. The award is named after Oskar Barnack, who was an optical engineer, a precision mechanic, and most importantly, the inventor of the Leica.
There are two categories in the competition: one, being the main Leica Oskar Barnack Award, and the second being the newly-added Leica Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award. The entries will be judged according to how the photographer was able to capture the interaction between man and his environment based on his perception.
Leica Oskar Barnack Award
Who can join: All professional photographers.
What’s at stake: The winner will receive a Leica M9-P camera and a lens worth €10,000 in addition to a cash prize of €5,000.
Leica Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award
Who can join: All professional photographers or a prospective professional photographers who are 25 years of age and below.
What’s at stake: The winner will receive a Leica M9-P camera and a lens that is worth approximately €10,000.
The awards will be presented at the Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie photography festival that will be held in Arles, France on July 2 to 8, 2012.