‘Leica Oskar Barnack Award’: The twelve finalists have been chosen
The twelve finalists of this year’s Leica Oskar Barnack Award (LOBA) have been chosen. The portfolios of the winners and finalists will be presented to the public in a major exhibition in the ‘Neue Schule für Fotografie’ in Berlin from 25 September to 25 October 2019.
Around 2,300 photographers from a total of 99 different countries submitted entries to the LOBA competition in 2019.
A brief overview of the twelve finalists:
- Mustafah Abdulaziz, USA: ‘Water’
- Francesco Anselmi, Italy: ‘Borderlands’
- Enayat Asadi, Iran: ‘Rising from the Ashes of War’
- Mustafa Hassona, Palestine: ‘Palestinian Rights of Return Protests’
- Nanna Heitmann, Germany: ‘Hiding from Baba Yaga’
- Rafael Heygster, Germany: ‘I Died 22 Times’
- Tadas Kazakevicius, Lithuania: ‘Soon to Be Gone’
- Michal Solarski, Poland: ‘Rest Behind the Curtain’
- Tomas van Houtryve, Belgium: ‘Lines and Lineage’
- Snezhana von Büdingen, Germany: ‘Meeting Sofie’
- Sebastian Wells, Germany: ‘Utopia’
- Johan Willner & Peo Olsson, Sweden: ‘Heaps’
The complete portfolios from the categories ‘Leica Oskar Barnack Award’ and ‘Leica Oskar Barnack Award Newcomer’ can now be viewed at www.leica-oskar-barnack-award.com.
The jury members of this year's LOBA were:
Karin Rehn-Kaufmann, Art Director & Chief Representative Leica Galleries International (Austria)
Enrico Stefanelli, Director of the Photolux Festival (Italy)
Milena Carstens, Director of Photography at ZEITmagazin (Germany)
Max Pinckers, Photographer & winner of the LOBA 2018 (Belgium)
Steve McCurry, Photographer & founder of ImagineAsia (USA)
The winners and finalists of the LOBA will be honoured in the course of a formal ceremony in Berlin on 25 September. The portfolios of all twelve finalists will then be on view from 25 September to 25 October 2019 at a major exhibition in the ‘Neuen Schule für Fotografie’, Brunnenstrasse 188-190, 10119 Berlin. The LOBA Catalogue 2019, presenting the winners and finalists in detail with comprehensive portfolios and interview, will be published to accompany the exhibition.
With prizes amounting to a total cash value of around 80,000 euros, the LOBA is one of the segment’s most prestigious photographic competitions. The winner in the main category will be honoured with 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 honoured with a cash prize of 10,000 euros and will also be presented with a Leica rangefinder camera and lens. In addition to the two main categories, ten further submissions to the competition will each be honoured with prizes of 2,500 euros.