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First prize in this year’s highly prestigious photography competition, the Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2012, goes to US photographer Frank Hallam Day. For his portfolio, “Alumascapes,” he will receive a Leica M9-P camera and a lens worth around €10,000, as well as a cash prize of €5,000. The second winner in this year’s competition is Piotr Zbierski from Poland. His portfolio, “Pass by Me,” wins the Leica Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award 2012 and a Leica M9-P with lens. The prizes will be presented on July 3, 2012 at the Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie photograph festival in Arles, in the south of France. Presented here are the winners’ photographs. Join us in congratulating Frank and Piotr!
The Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2012 recorded a new record of over 2,800 entries. Professional photographers from 101 countries took part in the competition. The majority of this year’s submissions came from Germany, China and the USA. The jury members included: 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. All portfolios entered for the Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2012 can be viewed here. The 10 Oskar Barnack Award finalists will be announced on July 3.
Does it conjure images of Pandora and a certain scene on the Hallelujah Mountains to anyone else, I wonder?
To view the full blog entry and to see more images from this year’s winners, visit Leica’s photography blog.