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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