Winners announced for Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2022

Kiana Hayeri: Promises Written on the Ice, Left in the Sun
Kiana Hayeri: Promises Written on the Ice, Left in the Sun (Image credit: Leica / Kiana Hayeri)

The two winners of the 2022 Leica Oskar Barnack Award  (LOBA), the renowned international photo competition that was held for the 42nd time this year, have now been selected.  

The winner of the main category of the Leica Oskar Barnack Award, was Iranian-Canadian Kiana Hayeri. Her project, the “Written on the Ice, Left in the Sun” series, was proposed by no less than three nominators. The winner of the Leica Oskar Barnack Award in the Newcomer category was German photographer Valentin Goppel, with his “Between the  Years” series. His work was submitted by the University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Hanover.  

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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.