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Terje Abusdal winner of the Leica Oskar Barnack Award

The Fritt Ord Foundation congratulates Terje Abusdal on winning the prestigious photo competition, the Leica Oskar Barnack Award. Abusdal won the competition's main category with his photo project "Slash & Burn" about the Norwegian Forest Finns in Hedmark County. The project documents a minority culture that is in the process of disappearing, exploring both the history of the Forest Finns and what it means to be a Forest Finn today.

This is the first time a Norwegian has won the competition, named for the man behind the first Leica camera. First prize consists of EUR 25 000, a Leica camera and a lens.  

Fritt Ord has provided funding for the photo project "Slash & Burn". Abusdal is also one of the photographers who participated in the second round of the Norwegian Journal of Photography. His project was entitled "Summer Long", and documented the local community on the Long Islands in the Oslo Fjord.