This year, Leica Camera AG, Solms, has again registered a record number of entries to the photographic challenge for professional photographers, the Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2012.
At the deadline for submissions on 1 March 2012, around 2,800 entries from 101 different countries had been received for assessment by the jury (last year’s competition total was 2,000 entries). The majority of this year’s submissions came from Germany, China and the USA.
The winners of the two awards, the Leica Oskar Barnack Award and the Leica Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award 2012, were announced on 20 June 2012.
The Leica Oskar Barnack Award is being presented for the 33rd time this year.
The jury members included: Bruce Gilden, Magnum photographer, Stephan Erfurt, Director of the C/O Berlin, Valérie Fougeirol, Creative Director of the Magnum Gallery in Paris, Karin Rehn-Kaufmann, Artistic Director of the Leica Galerie in Salzburg and Brigitte Schaller, Art Director of Leica Fotografie International magazine. A video of the jury sitting can now viewed online.
The value of the prizes has been increased again since last year. The winner of the 2012 Leica Oskar Barnack Award will receive a Leica M9-P camera and lenses in addition to a cash prize of 5,000 euros. The photographer taking first place in the ‘Leica Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award’ category will also receive an M9-P and lenses.