Leica has announced the next round of its annual competition, launching the Oskar Barnack Award 2017 with prizes totalling €80,000.

Now in its 37th year, the Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2017 is aimed at photographers under the age of 25 and open for entries between 1 March and 10 April 2017.

The competition guidelines ask for a portfolio of between 10 and 12 images in which the photographer perceives and documents the interaction between people and their environment “in a creative and ground-breaking style.”

Only portfolios of photographs captured in 2016 and 2017 are eligible for submission, or work from long-term projects that include at least some images taken within this period.

Entry forms and the terms and conditions of entry can be found on the competition website.

The awards will take place at a gala ceremony in Berlin, and the winner in the main category will be receive a cash prize of €25,000 and Leica M-System equipment (a camera and lens) valued at an additional €10,000.

The winner of the Newcomer Award will receive a cash prize of €10,000 and will also receive a Leica rangefinder camera and lens.

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