Every year, Leica hosts a quite prestigious contest, offering the Leica Oskar Barnack Award. With categories for both professionals and newcomers, the contest enables winners to showcase their talents and gives the ultimate bragging rights. Main prizes include a Leica M9-P and lens!
The professional category winner is Frank Hallam Day, who won for his portfolio, "Alumscapes," in which he explores man's relationship with the natural world -- in this case, the homeliness of the RV amidst the Florida landscape.
Find more of Frank Hallam Day's "Alumascape" portfolio here.
The Newcomer 2012 Award belongs to Piotr Zbierski of Poland for his "White Elephant" portfolio. His images, taken over the course of five years mostly throughout Europe and Asia, examine the "expression of emotion...[through] fleeting encounters with strangers."
Find more on Piotr Zbierski's "White Elephant" portfolio here.