Leica Posts Record Number of Entries for 2012 Leica Oskar Barnack Award

Leica Posts Record Number of Entries for 2012 Leica Oskar Barnack Award

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Allendale, NJ—Leica Camera again received a record number of entries for the annual Leica Oskar Barnack Award, an international photographic competition for professional photographers.

Approximately 2,800 entries from 101 countries were received for assessment by the March 1, 2012 submission deadline, up 40% from last year’s competition total of 2,000 entries. The majority of this year’s entries came from the USA, Germany and China. The winners of the two awards, the Leica Oskar Barnack Award and the Leica Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award 2012, will be announced on June 20, 2012.

Presented for the 33rd time this year, the Leica Oskar Barnack Award’s jury members include: 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 be viewed online at leica-oskar-barnack-award.com.

The Leica Oskar Barnack Award and Leica Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award 2012 will be presented during the Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie photography festival on July 3, 2012. The value of the prizes has been increased 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. leica.com

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