Oskar Barnack Award: Entries begin, jury announced
This year's Oskar Barnack Award has moved into the entry stage which extends from the beginning of March to April 10. Entrants must submit a self-contained series of between ten and twelve images documenting the interaction between people and their environment in a "creative and ground-breaking style".
Among the five jurists for the 2017 event with be the renowned Leica collector Douglas So, founder of the unique F11 Foto Museum located at No.11 Yuk Sau Street in Hong Kong's Happy Valley. I paid a visit on my last visit to Hong Kong and was greatly impressed by the surroundings and the Leica theme throughout. Sadly, at the time Douglas's Leica collection was absent while the space was used for another exhibition, including an extensive display of instant cameras.
The museum occupies an outstanding three-story Art Deco building which Douglas has restored to its original Colonial grandeur. It retains many of the original design motifs but adds a number of modern themes, including door handles replicating a Leica film-camera advance lever.
If you are planning to visit Hong Kong it's worth making an appointment for a tour of the museum. It isn't generally open to the public but there are opportunities to join special previews, often hosted by the knowledgeable Timm Wong.
LEICA PRESS RELEASE
Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2017: Beginning of submission phase and announcement of members of the international jury. Professional and up-and-coming photographers can submit entries to prestigious photographic competition from 1 March to 10 April 2017
The long-established competition for photographers from Leica Camera AG – The Leica Oskar Barnack Award – has reached the entry stage. From 1 March to 10 April 2017, professional photographers and up-and-coming photographers aged up to 25 from around the world can submit their portfolios. Full terms and conditions, as well as entry forms, will be published on the dedicated web site at www.leica-oskar-barnack-award.com from 1 March.
To take part, entrants must submit 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. Series of photographs captured in 2016 and 2017, or work from long-term projects including at least some photographs taken in this period, are eligible for submission.
As in the past, an international jury of experts will choose the twelve finalists for the ‘Leica Oskar Barnack Award’ and the ‘Leica Oskar Barnack Award Newcomer’ from all the entries received. This year’s jury members are:
- Karin Rehn-Kaufmann, Art Director & Chief Representative Leica Galleries International (Salzburg, Austria)
- Michelle Dunn Marsh, Executive Director, Photographic Center Northwest; Publisher, Minor Matters Books (Seattle, USA)
- Christian Pohlert, Managing Picture Editor, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (Frankfurt, Germany)
- Douglas So, Founder and Director of F11 Foto Museum (Hong Kong, China)
- Scarlett Coten, Photographer and Winner of the Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2016 (Paris, France)
As in the previous year, the winners of both categories and the ten other finalists will be honoured during a gala event and their work will be presented at a major, six-week exhibition in Berlin.
The shortlist will be announced in June 2017. 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 receive 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 be presented with a cash prize of 10,000 euros and will also receive a Leica rangefinder camera and lens. In addition to the two main categories, ten further submissions to the competition will each be awarded with prizes of 2,500 euros.
The portfolios entered by all finalists will be displayed on the www.leica-oskar-barnack-award.com website and in the magazine published specially for the competition.
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