Leica Open Project

© Justin Mott

Project description


Since 1914, when the company invented the first 35mm camera, Leica has designed and manufactured precision optical instruments which have become iconic thanks both to their timeless design and for having been the camera of choice of the greatest masters of the 20th century, whose pictures have recorded the milestones of our modern history. All these images, together with those shot into the 21st century, belong now to our collective imagination.
Leica, the legendary German maker of photographic devices whose roots go back in time of more than 150 years, is celebrating the commitment of photographers who bear witness to the world. Through THE WORLD DESERVES WITNESSES, we would like you to present us with work that documents the beauty and poetry of the world, and celebrate those captured pivotal moments of history, or the fragility of our human condition through your own sensitivity and unique view.
“Let us all together be witnesses for all the facets of our common world!”
Dr. Andreas Kaufmann, Chairman of the Supervisory Board and majority shareholder of Leica Camera AG.

The Gold and Silver winners will have the work exhibited on aopawards.com, at our special AOP Awards Showcase in March 2022 and in the AOP Awards Book. 

The Award recipient will have the opportunity to shoot their upcoming project on Leica equipment. Leica kit will be available to loan for a length of up to 6 weeks.

Enter work which documents the beauty and poetry of the world, and celebrates those capturing pivotal moments of history, or the fragility of our human condition through your own sensitivity and unique view.

  • You can enter work in the format of stills or moving image.
  • You can enter as many times as you like.
  • Work submitted does not need to be made on a Leica camera.
  • Open to single entries
  • AOP members – £12
  • Non-members – £18

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Entry information

Brief organiser

Leica Camera AG is an internationally operating, premium-segment manufacturer of cameras and sport optics products.

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