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 2023
Ismail Ferdous – Sea Beach
The colourful life on the beach: Cox's Bazar is located at the southern tip of Bangladesh. The popular port of call for many of the country's inhabitants stretches along the Bay of Bengal and is considered a cultural melting pot, as people from the most diverse walks of life seek relaxation and recreation there for a moment. The New York-based photographer (*1989) is himself from Bangladesh and returned to this unique place to capture the beachgoers and the special atmosphere in bright colours.
Ziyi Le – New Comer
The Chinese photographer (*1993) started his project via Weibo, a Twitter-like portal for short messages in China. There he found people interested in his sensitive portrait series. For him, the staged photo shoots are also a reflection on his own self-doubt and the feeling of alienation and spiritual emptiness. The result is a touching portrait of the "New Comers", a generation in search of its place in society, of personal development.
Leica Oskar Barnack Award winners from previous years