The Winner

The Leica Oskar Barnack Award winners and their prize-winning series
from 1979 to 2015.

Winner 2015: JH Engström

Winner 2015: JH Engström

JH Engström is honoured with the Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2015 with his project titled „Tout Va Bien” and will receive a cash prize of 25,000 euros and a Leica M camera and lens.

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Winner Newcomer 2015: Wiktoria Wojciechowska

Winner Newcomer 2015: Wiktoria Wojciechowska

The Leica Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award, first presented in 2009, has been won by Wiktoria Wojciechowska for her series „Short Flashes“. She receives a prize of 5,000 euros and a Leica M camera and lens.

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Winner 2014: Martin Kollar

Winner 2014: Martin Kollar

Martin Kollar, born in what was formerly Czechoslovakia, receives the prestigious Leica Oskar Barnack Award for his project Field Trip, a portfolio of photos taken in Israel.

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Winner Award Newcomer 2014: Alejandro Cegarra

Winner Award Newcomer 2014: Alejandro Cegarra

The Leica Oskar Barnack Award Newcomer 2014 goes to Alejandro Cegarra from Venezuela. His portfolio The Other Side of the Tower of David is dedicated to the squatters in an abandoned tower block in Caracas.

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Winner 2013: Evgenia Arbugaeva

Winner 2013: Evgenia Arbugaeva

The 2013 Leica Oskar Barnack Award goes to Evgenia Arbugaeva. Born in Siberia, Evgenia Arbugaeva has been awarded this prestigious photography prize for „Tiksi“, a portfolio of her images from a project shot in the small town of the same name on the Arctic coast of northern Siberia.

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Winner Award Newcomer 2013: Ciril Jazbec

Winner Award Newcomer 2013: Ciril Jazbec

The international jury chose Ciril Jazbec from Slovenia as the winner of the 2013 Leica Oskar Barnack Award Newcomer. His portfolio of images entitled ‘Waiting to move’ tells the story of an Inuit village in Alaska facing the threat of global warming.

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Winner 2012: Frank Hallam Day

Winner 2012: Frank Hallam Day

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 entitled ‘Alumascapes’.

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Winner Award Newcomer 2012: Piotr Zbierski

Winner Award Newcomer 2012: Piotr Zbierski

Piotr Zbierski is the winner of the ‘Leica Oskar Barnack Award Newcomer 2012’ with his portfolio ‘Pass by Me’.

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Winner 2011: Jan Grarup

Winner 2011: Jan Grarup

First prize in last year’s highly prestigious photographic competition, the Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2011, went to the Danish photographer Jan Grarup for his portfolio ‘Haiti Aftermath’.

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Winner Award Newcomer 2011: Jing Huang

Winner Award Newcomer 2011: Jing Huang

With his portfolio ‘Pure of Sight’, Chinese photographer Jing Huang was the winner of the Leica Oskar Barnack Award Newcomer 2011.

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Winner 2010: Jens Olof Lasthein

Winner 2010: Jens Olof Lasthein

The first prize in this year’s highly prestigious photographic competition, the ‘Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2010’, goes to the Swedish photographer Jens Olof Lasthein. His award-winning portfolio entitled ‘Waiting for the future – pictures from Abkhazia’ tells the story of the people of the Republic of Abkhazia in the Southern Caucasus.

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Winner Award Newcomer 2010: Andy Spyra

Winner Award Newcomer 2010: Andy Spyra

Andy Spyra, from Hagen in Germany, is the winner of the ‘Leica Oskar Barnack Award Newcomer 2010’. His photography project ‘Kashmir’ ranks among his most important long-term projects. For him, the region he visited for the first time in 2007 is one of the world’s most wonderful places. All the more reason for him to lament the unfortunate situation of the people who live there.

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Winner 2009: Mikhael Subotzky

Winner 2009: Mikhael Subotzky

The first prize in this year’s highly prestigious photographic competition, the ‘Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2009’, goes to the 28-year-old photographer Mikhael Subotzky from South Africa. His prize-winning portfolio, under the title of ‘Beaufort West’, shows scenes from the South African town of the same name.

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Winner Award Newcomer 2009: Dominic Nahr

Winner Award Newcomer 2009: Dominic Nahr

The Swiss-born photographer Dominic Nahr has won the ‘Leica Oskar Barnack Award Newcomer’, for the first time awarded this year, for his photographic essay from the Congo, titled ‘The Road to Nowhere’.

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Winner 2008: Lucia Nimcova

Winner 2008: Lucia Nimcova

Photographer Lucia Nimcova has been chosen as the winner of this year’s Leica Oskar Barnack Award for her photo project “Unofficial“. The pictures of the winning series were taken in 2007 in Slovakia.

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Winner 2007: Julio Bittencourt

Winner 2007: Julio Bittencourt

The 26-year-old Brazilian photographer Julio Bittencourt has won the Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2007 for a series of portraits of inhabitants of a house occupied by homeless people in downtown São Paulo.

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Winner 2006: Tomas Munita

Winner 2006: Tomas Munita

Chilean photographer Tomas Munita has won the prestigious Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2006 with his photo report ‘Kabul — Leaving the Shadows’. The title ‘Leaving the Shadows‘ is fitting for two reasons: it alludes to both the form — the concentration on twilight moods and the content — a description of the living situation of the Afghan population.

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Winner 2005: Guy Tillim

Winner 2005: Guy Tillim

The South African photographer Guy Tillim has won the Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2005 with his photo report ‘Johannesburg Story’. His reportage documents the transformation of the town from an urban enclave of the white minority to an ‘African town’ as the photographer puts it.

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Winner 2004: Peter Granser

Winner 2004: Peter Granser

Photographer Peter Granser, born in 1971, has won the Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2004 for his photo project 'Coney Island'. The 5,000 euro photojournalism prize will be awarded by the Leica Camera Group in collaboration with the 'Rencontres de la Photographie' festival held in Arles in the South of France.

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Winner 2003: Andrea Hoyer

Winner 2003: Andrea Hoyer

Photogapher Andrea Hoyer has won the Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2003 for her photo reportage of Russia, ‘Places of Memory’. Begun in 1998, the long-term project of the German-born Leica photographer documents in sensitively composed black-and-white pictures the longing, perspectives and moods of the Russian population.

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Winner 1979 - 2002

Winner 1979 - 2002

The Leica Oskar Barnack Award Winner from 1979 to 2015.

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