From tomorrow, professional photographers can enter this yearu2019s Leica Oskar Barnack Award which offers the winner an M9 kit, plus u20ac5,000.

From tomorrow, professional photographers can enter this year?s Leica Oskar Barnack Award which offers the winner an M9 kit, plus ?5,000.

A Leica M9 and a lens is also up for grabs to the winner of the Newcomer Award, a category open to all ‘prospective professionals’ aged 25 and under.

Judges will be looking for a series of up to 12 images in which the photographer ?perceives and documents the interaction between humans and the environment with acute vision and contemporary visual style ? creative, unobtrusive and groundbreaking.?

The award is named after Leica camera inventor Oskar Barnack (1879-1936), of whom a Leica spokesman said:

?From 1914 he increasingly used the prototype camera he developed, today known as the Ur-Leica?

?The history of photojournalism is closely tied to his invention because, from 1925, the compact and easily-carried Leica cameras were instrumental in enabling new and expressive forms of photography.?

The closing date is 1 March 2011.

For details visit www.leica-oskar-barnack-preis.de