Competition Insights

Information about the competition, interviews with the winners and much more.

Interview Jane Evelyn Atwood

Interview Jane Evelyn Atwood

What significance can the Leica Oskar Barnack Award have? Money, prestige, but, above all, recognition. A conversation with Jane Evelyn Atwood.

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What does Julio Bittencourt actually do?

What does Julio Bittencourt actually do?

The São Paulo-based, Brazilian photographer was the recipient of the 2007 Leica Oskar Barnack Award for his series In a window of Prestes Maia 911 building. Just 26 years old at the time, this honour represented an important step in Bittencourt’s career, pushing him to establish himself as an independent photographer. He found numerous socio-political and multi-cultural themes in his home-town, which he developed into pictures series that had little to do with classic photo reportage; rather, his great sense for colour and form, as well as conceptual severity, transformed them into impressive stories. The award-winning series, for example, revolved around a decaying high-rise complex in the middle of down-town São Paulo, that had been occupied by around 2000 people and turned into their living space. After ten years we wanted to find out what Julio Bittencourt is doing today, and what significance the LOBA 2007 has had for him. While right in the middle of working on his current project, Plethora, focussing on over-population and life in the big cities, the photographer still found time for an interview.

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Interview Claudine Doury

Interview Claudine Doury

Unknown worlds in remote Russia: In 1999, French photographer Claudine Doury received the Leica Oskar Barnack Award for her black and white Peuples de Sibérie series. Since then, young people in between child and adulthood have become the emphasis of her work. This also applies to her Artek series, which appears in the latest issue of the M Magazine. Speaking in an interview, Doury talks about the meaning of photo awards, the influence of Edward Curtis and her shift to colour photography.

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Interview Dominic Nahr

Interview Dominic Nahr

Dominic Nahr learned all about travelling from a young age: born in Switzerland in 1983, he spent his youth in Hong Kong and studied in Toronto. As a photographer he is also used to jetting around the world, but 2016 was quite an exceptional year. He explains in an interview how winning the 2009 Leica Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award boosted his career, why 2016 was so special and what he is planning for 2017.

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Piotr Zbierski – Push the Sky Away

Piotr Zbierski – Push the Sky Away

The Leica 6 x 7 Gallery in Warsaw is presenting a comprehensive exhibition of works by Piotr Zbierski, winner of the 2012 Leica Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award. The Push the Sky Away project combines three of the young photographer’s series. A book published under the same title will be presented for the first time during the vernissage.

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Book review Chris Steele-Perkins „The Teds“

Book review Chris Steele-Perkins „The Teds“

The Magnum photographer Chris Steele-Perkins won the Leica Oskar Barnack Award in 1988. Back then, his photo book, The Teds, was already a big hit: now a new edition of this classic of

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Award Ceremony 2016

Award Ceremony 2016

The international photographic competition, held every year since 1979, returned to Germany in 2016. This move deliberately brought the award back to the roots of the man who lent it his name – close to the birthplace of Oskar Barnack in Lynow, Nuthe-Urstromtal.

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Interview Enrico Stefanelli

Interview Enrico Stefanelli

Eleven years ago, Enrico Stefanelli founded the Lucca Photo Fest as a yearly event. After it came to an end in 2011, he revived it in 2013 as the Photolux Festival and turned it into a Biennale for top class photography. So as to be able to continue offering exclusive photography to the general public in Lucca every year, he began to organise exhibitions in the alternate years. From November 19 to December 11, 2016, he is also presenting the two winners and ten finalists of the 2016 Leica Oskar Barnack Awards.

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Interview JH Engström

Interview JH Engström

JH Engström’s photography gives visual form to existential states. Without focussing on one specific style, JH Engström, winner of the Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2015 with his project titled „Tout Va Bien“, collects various impressions in rural and urban scenes – impressions that correspond to his emotions. In doing so, he explores what existence is really all about.

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Interview Wiktoria Wojciechowska

Interview Wiktoria Wojciechowska

Wiktoria Wojciechowska has received the Leica Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award 2015 for her Short Flashes series. For her project, the Polish photographer captured fleeting moments of everyday life in China. Over a number of months, Wojciechowska photographed cyclists in the rain – people making their way through the confusion of the Chinese cities of Beijing and Hangzhou. In an interview with lfi, the 23 year-old explains about the truth she discovered in these uncontrived, fleeting moments, and about how she often had to stand ankledeep in the water to complete the series.

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Interview Christian Caujolle

Interview Christian Caujolle

Reportages from crisis areas, personal photo essays, artistic projects – submissions to the 2015 Leica Oskar Barnack Award were as diverse as photography itself. As part of the jury, French curator Christian Caujolle examined each of the works submitted. LFI spoke with him.

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Interview Martin Kollar

Interview Martin Kollar

Martin Kollar has won the Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2014 with his Field Trip series from Israel. It includes unsettling pictures that are hard to place. They are cleverly composed, everyday images full of suggestive strength that seem far from reality, and yet are very close. LFI spoke with the Slovak photographer about deliberate provocation, how captions can inhibit the imagination, and how filmmaking influences his work.

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Interview Ingo Taubhorn

Interview Ingo Taubhorn

The 33rd edition of the Leica Oskar Barnack Award competition was, once again, an exciting challenge for the jury who had to select the most convincing series from many top quality submissions. LFI spoke with jury member Ingo Taubhorn.

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Interview Evgenia Arbugaeva

Interview Evgenia Arbugaeva

Tiksi – a Siberian fairy tale told through pictures. This year’s Leica Oskar Barnack Award goes to an evocative set of images – part documentary, part fiction – taken by Evgenia Arbugaeva and set in the town of her childhood. Located in the independent Sakha Republic, Tiksi lies on the shores of the Laptev Sea, on Russia’s Arctic coast. Although the town is shrinking, around 5,000 people still live in the settlement, dealing with harsh climatic conditions on a daily basis. LFI spoke with Evgenia Arbugaeva about her award-winning series.

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Interview Peter Turnley and Markus Schaden

Interview Peter Turnley and Markus Schaden

This year, submissions focussed on current issues, as well as enduring social and political themes. The jury chose from a number of top quality photo series. LFI spoke with jurors Peter Turnley and Markus Schaden.

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Interview Frank Hallam Day

Interview Frank Hallam Day

Frank Hallam Day’s work focuses on people and nature, and the dysfunctional relationship between the two. The Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2012 winning series ‘Alumascapes’, shows how people use their RVs to escape civilization. One destination is Florida’s tropical forests; yet, the contrast between jungle and RV is extreme. The photographer questions the apparent longing for nature, which only seems possible while retaining the comforts of civilization. With intense lighting and specific colours, the contradiction becomes even more evident. In a setting somewhere between reality and fantasy, the RVs almost look like steel insects, with bright eyes illuminating the night sky. LFI asked the photographer about his series.

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Interview Bruce Gilden and Karin Rehn-Kaufmann

Interview Bruce Gilden and Karin Rehn-Kaufmann

For 2012, the jury agreed on the finalists and the winner of the Leica Oskar Barnack Award faster than ever. Even so, there was much to discuss. LFI spoke with jury members Bruce Gilden and Karin Rehn-Kaufmann about good photography and weak submissions.

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Interview Jan Grarup

Interview Jan Grarup

When the earth shook in Haiti in 2010, Jan Grarup was in Denmark. Familiar with the country from previous journeys, he travelled there on assignment for a number of international magazines. LFI spoke with the photojournalist.

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