1_Ernesto Benavides 2_Vanja Bucan 3_Turi (Salvatore) Calafato 4_Daniel Chatard 5_Stephen Dock 6_Mary Gelman 7_Samuel Gratacap 8_Stéphane Lavoué 9_Max Pinckers 10_Elsa Stubbé 11_Christian Werner 12_Kechun Zhang

‘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. 

Around 2,500 photographers from a total of 110 different countries submitted entries to the LOBA competition in 2018.

This year, the jury was again impressed by the large number of entrants and the high quality of the portfolios entered in the competition. ‘With every new year of the competition, it is remarkable to see how intensely and creatively the entrants fulfil the thematic requirements of the LOBA. We have consciously maintained the theme of ‘the relationship between people and their environment’ since the first request for entries to the LOBA competition in 1979. Today, this theme remains as valid as it was in the past – in fact, we could even say that it is now more important than ever before’, says Karin Rehn-Kaufmann, Art Director & Chief Representative Leica Galleries International.

A brief overview of the twelve finalists:

  • Ernesto Benavides,Peru: ‘Dredges
  • Vanja Bucan, Slovenia: ‘Sequences of Truth and Deception’
  • Turi (Salvatore) Calafato, Italy: ‘Amuninni ’u mari (Let’s go to the sea)’
  • Daniel Chatard, Germany: ‘Niemandsland’ (No man’s land)
  • Stephen Dock, France: ‘Architecture of Violence’
  • Mary Gelman, Russia: ‘Svetlana’
  • Samuel Gratacap, France: ‘Presence’
  • Stéphane Lavoué, France: ‘On the Edge of the World’
  • Max Pinckers, Belgium: ‘Red Ink’
  • Elsa Stubbé, Belgium: ‘Les extraterrestres ont mangé mon jardin’ (The aliens have eaten my garden)
  • Christian Werner, Germany: ‘Road to Ruin’
  • Kechun Zhang, China: ‘Between the Mountains and Water’

In addition to Karin Rehn-Kaufmann, the members of this year’s LOBA jury were:

  • Mark Lubell, Executive Director ICP - International Center of Photography (USA)
  • Markus Hartmann, Hartmann Projects (Germany)
  • Terje Abusdal, Photographer & LOBA winner 2017 (Norway)
  • Christoph Wiesner, Artistic Director, Paris Photo (France)

The winners and finalists of the LOBA will be honoured in the course of a formal ceremony in Berlin on 10 October. The portfolios of all twelve finalists will then be on view from 10 to 31 October 2018 at a major exhibition in the ‘Neuen Schule für Fotografie’, Brunnenstrasse 188-190, 10119 Berlin. The LOBA Catalogue 2018, 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.

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.