Leica Oskar Barnack Award
The highly esteemed and coveted international award for high quality reportage photography has been presented since 1979, the year marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of Oskar Barnack. The prize is awarded by Leica Camera AG and also includes the presenting of a ‘Newcomer Award'.
Winner Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2022
Promises Written on the Ice, Left in the Sun
After the withdrawal of Western troops from Afghanistan in the summer of 2021, it took only a few days for the Taliban to destroy all the achievements made in the areas of freedom of expression, women’s rights and education, and to instil fear and insecurity in their place. Kiana Hayeri was born in 1988, in Tehran, Iran, where she grew up, before emigrating to Toronto, Canada, as a teenager. She has been living in Afghanistan for seven years now; her work centres, in particular, around the living situations of women.
Portrait: © Aaron Vincent Elkaim
Between the Years
Young adults in times of Corona: the series by the German photographer (born 2000) explores the impact of the pandemic on his generation. He, too, experienced the sudden break away from habits, and the feelings of insecurity that seemed to define people’s plans and the future. Corona was like a catalyser for an ongoing sense of disorientation. Photography, however, offered Goppel a tool with which to better understand his thoughts and fears, and enabled him to give the sense of forlornness visual expression.
Portrait: © Alex Wohn
Leica Oskar Barnack Award winners from previous years