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Summer programme at Leitz Park in Wetzlar

The Leitz Park in Wetzlar offers a wide range of activities for the whole family during the coming holiday months. From guided tours through the Leica world, to photo workshops with your own smartphone, to a visit to the current photo exhibition "The Eyes of Humanity" in the Ernst Leitz Museum - visitors can look forward to a varied programme all about photography. For the first time, a photo challenge for children of all ages will take place during the summer holidays from 19 July to 30 August. Also new is a guided "Nature Tour" along the nature trail in the adjacent Leitz Park Forest.

Image © Leica Camera AG, Photo Challenge "Picture Hunt" in Leitz Park

All that is required to take part in the "Picture Hunt" photo challenge for children of all ages is a smartphone with which various photographic tasks must be carried out. Comparable to a scavenger hunt, the young participants have to track down certain details in Leitz Park, fulfil the associated photo requirements and creatively implement their own ideas. The participants will receive the detailed task and further equipment at the reception in the Leica World in the Leitz Park. Successful completion of the Photo Challenge will be rewarded with a certificate and the title "Leitz Park Photographer". Participation is possible at any time during the opening hours of the Leitz Park. Registration is not required.

Interested parties who would like to learn more about smartphone photography can learn the basics in a specially designed workshop and put the knowledge they have gained into practice directly with their own smartphone. After a theoretical part on the history of Leica photography and information on image composition, perspectives or the importance of light and shadow, the focus is on independent experimentation. Various ideas can be implemented throughout the Leitz Park and the creation of typical everyday, travel and holiday shots can be tested under expert guidance. The smartphone photography workshops will take place on 27 August, 24 September and 8 October, each from 3 to 5 pm. Participation costs 24 euros. Registration is required.

A photo walk through the old town of Wetzlar invites you to a photographic excursion with your smartphone. The circular walk, accompanied by an experienced Leica photographer, starts in Leitz Park and is aimed at photography enthusiasts who want to capture special photo motifs of the city from the best perspective and are looking forward to helpful tips. The photo walks will take place on 16 July and 13 August from 1 to 5 pm each day. Participation costs 43 euros. Registration is required.

All pictures taken in the Leitz Park, regardless of whether they were taken during a workshop or a spontaneous visit, can be submitted to a photo competition until 1 September 2021. The three best pictures will be awarded prizes. The selected winners will each receive a voucher for a weekend in the Leitz Park for two people with an overnight stay in the Ernst Leitz Hotel and a VIP tour of the Leica World.

Visitors interested in the Leica company history and the "Made in Germany" manufacture of Leica products can register for a unique tour of the Leitz Park at . New to the programme is a "Nature Tour" which, in addition to a tour of the Leitz Park, pays particular attention to exploring the nature trail in the adjacent forest and provides insights into the local flora and fauna. This tour can also be booked at .

A visit to the current photo exhibition "The Eyes of Humanity", which can be seen on the ground floor of the Ernst Leitz Museum until 8 October, rounds off the programme in the Leitz Park. For the exhibition, Magnum photographer Steve McCurry has made a personal selection of around 90 colour photographs: Images that are particularly close to his heart and at the same time provide a wonderful overview of his rich life's work. The photographs were taken over the last four decades in a total of 26 countries. They tell stories and have written history.

To register for the smartphone workshops, send an email to . Further information on all programme items is available online or by phone at 06441 2080 400.

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