Leica unveils first ever Leica Picture of The Year, by Ralph Gibson

Ralph Gibson
(Image credit: Leica)

Over the past ten years, Leica has honored twelve renowned photographers around the world for their lives' work, by inducting them into the Leica Hall of Fame. Now a Leica Picture of the Year has been designated for the first time, with the aim of sharing this success with all Leica enthusiasts. 

The first Leica Picture of the Year is a limited-edition print by Ralph Gibson, the winner of the Leica Hall of Fame Award 2021, and was taken on the newly released Leica M11. In the future, further Leica Hall of Famers will also be producing a Leica Picture of the Year. 

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Sebastian Oakley
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For nearly two decades Sebastian's work has been published internationally. Originally specializing in Equestrianism, his visuals have been used by the leading names in the equestrian industry such as The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), The Jockey Club, Horse & Hound, and many more for various advertising campaigns, books, and pre/post-event highlights.

He is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts, holds a Foundation Degree in Equitation Science, and is a Master of Arts in Publishing.  He is a member of Nikon NPS and has been a Nikon user since the film days using a Nikon F5 and saw the digital transition with Nikon's D series cameras and is still to this day the youngest member to be elected into BEWA, The British Equestrian Writers' Association. 

He is familiar with and shows great interest in street, medium, and large format photography with products by Leica, Phase One, Hasselblad, Alpa, and Sinar. Sebastian has also used many cinema cameras from the likes of Sony, RED, ARRI, and everything in between. He now spends his spare time using his trusted Leica M-E or Leica M2 shooting Street photography or general life as he sees it, usually in Black and White.