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The Leica Oskar Barnack Award announces addition of first-ever “public award”

Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2014: Vote on I-SHOT-IT.COM

Solms, Germany (March 2014) – The Leica Oskar Barnack Award announces the addition of a third category: the first-ever “public award,” in honor of 100 years of Leica photography. The winner of this category will walk away with a cash prize of 2,500 euros, and will be selected by the public, who can vote for free online at, the world’s leading website for photography competitions. Voting takes place April 1 – 30 and those who vote online will be entered in a raffle to win Leica compact cameras.

In celebration of 100 years of Leica photography, Leica Camera is honoring Oskar Barnack – the pioneer of photography who invented and constructed the first successful Leica camera – by doubling the cash prizes for his photography competition. The winner of the main category of the Leica Oskar Barnack Award will receive a cash prize of 10,000 euros and Leica M-System equipment valued at 10,000 euros. A second winner in the newcomer category, for entrants under age 25, will be awarded a cash prize of 5,000 euros, as well as a Leica rangefinder camera and lens.

From more than 2,500 entries, the members of the international jury have selected a shortlist that can now be viewed on All three awards will be presented in the course of the Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie photography festival held in Arles, France, July 7-13, 2014. A special issue of LFI magazine in July will present the winners and finalists along their work.

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Leica Camera AG is an internationally operating, premium-segment manufacturer of cameras and sport optics products. The legendary status of the Leica brand is founded on a long tradition of excellence in the construction of lenses. Combined with innovative technologies, Leica products continue to guarantee better pictures in all situations in the worlds of visualization and perception to this day. Leica Camera AG has its headquarters in Solms, in the German state of Hesse, with a second production site in Vila Nova de Famalicão, Portugal. The company operates branch offices in England, France, Japan, Singapore, Switzerland, South Korea, Italy, Australia and the USA. New and innovative products have been the driving force behind the company’s positive development in recent years.

About was founded in California in 2011 and has since become one of the most popular photographic platforms on the World Wide Web. Under its motto The Best Photo Competition, the Web-based platform enables professional and amateur photo enthusiasts to take part in photographic competitions in a total of 16 different categories. Independent juries comprising prominent international photographers decide on the prizewinners and ensure a collection of work of exceptional quality that can compete with the best from the world of professional photography. The website works in collaboration with Leica Camera AG.