Submissions are now being accepted for the ‘Leica Oskar Barnack Award’ competition for 2014

Increased cash prizes and equipment prizes worth up to 10,000 euros; this year will also see the first public award in the history of the competition; the terms and conditions of entry and entry forms are now available online

In 2014, the Leica centennial year, the ‘Leica Oskar Barnack Award’ is offering double the usual amount in cash prizes and prizes of premium equipment to celebrate 100 years of Leica photography. The competition details and terms and conditions of entry for professional photographers and newcomers to the profession are now available as downloads from The closing date for online submissions to the competition is 31 January 2014.

Now, 100 years after the construction of the Ur-Leica by Oskar Barnack in 1914, Leica has increased the value of the prizes awarded in the competition that has commemorated the name of this pioneer of photography since 1979. Beginning in the coming year, the winner of the main category will be presented with a cash prize of 10,000 euros and premium-quality equipment from the legendary Leica M-System (a camera and lens), which are valued at a further 10,000 euros. The prizes for the winning newcomer aged up to 25 years are now a cash prize of 5,000 euros and a Leica rangefinder camera and lens.

The winners will be chosen in a selection process by an international jury of experts. In their assessment of the entries, the five jury members pay particular attention to the photographer’s unerring powers of observation and how they show the relationship between man and the environment in vivid form in a portfolio of up to twelve images. The jury members are Karin Rehn-Kaufmann, director general of Leica Galleries International; Ingo Taubhorn, head curator of the Haus der Photographie/House of Photography, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg; Xavier Canonne, director of the Musée de la Photographie, Charleroi, Belgium; Evgenia Arbugaeva, Russian photographer and last year’s award winner; and Brigitte Schaller, art director of LFI magazine.

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, from 7 to 13 July 2014. We anticipate that the best submissions to the competition will be available for viewing online from March 2014. A special issue of LFI magazine featuring the winners and finalists and numerous illustrations of their work will be available from the beginning of July 2014.
For the first time in the history of the award, there will also be a public award. The award winner will be determined by voting on, the online platform for photographic competitions. Voting begins in March 2014. The winner in this category will receive a cash prize of 2,500 euros. A drawing for non-cash prizes of Leica compact cameras will also be held for all those who participated in the vote.

The terms and conditions of entry, entry forms and further details about the ‘Leica Oskar Barnack Award’ 2014 can be found at

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