The Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2022

The comprehensive exhibition of the winning and shortlisted series from the 2021 edition of the LOBA will remain on display at the Ernst Leitz Museum in Wetzlar, until March 20, 2022. In the meantime, preparations for the next round of the LOBA are already underway.

Once again this year, international photography experts will be submitting their proposals for the LOBA 2022. These nominators include renowned curators, gallery owners, art directors and photo editors, as well as numerous photographers from around the world. They will each use their individual expertise and experience to nominate up to three photographic series. The only requirements for a nomination are that the photographs be of a documentary or conceptual-artistic nature, and deal with the relationship of humanity to the environment. This humanistic constant has been a feature of the LOBA competition, since its inception in 1979. In addition to the main award, the LOBA Newcomer Award will also be granted once more this year. For the first time, however, the nominees for this category will be selected in collaboration with 17 photography schools and institutions; each organisation will submit up to three proposals.

After reviewing all the submissions, an international jury of five people will select this year's shortlist in May – with a maximum of twelve series in the main category and six in the newcomer category. Up until the moment when the LOBA 2022 winners are finally announced, all the shortlisted series will appear successively on the LOBA website. The highpoint of the LOBA 2022 will come in October, during the ceremony celebrating the winners, to be held at Leica Headquarters in Wetzlar.

The prize money, which was increased significantly in 2020 – the LOBA 40-year jubilee – continues to contribute towards the award's prestige and renown: the winner of the LOBA's main category receives 40,000 euros and Leica camera equipment valued at 10,000 euros; the newcomer honoree receives 10,000 euros and a Leica Q2. Additionally, both winning and shortlisted series will become part of a large touring exhibition, which will first open in Wetzlar in October, 2022, on the occasion of the award ceremony, and will then be seen around the world at Leica Galleries and selected photo festivals. As in the past, a catalogue including all the winners and shortlisted candidates will accompany it.