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The LUMIX Festival for Young Photojournalism attests to the power of photojournalism in our image-oriented world. Fundamentally influencing our perception of humanity in all its facets, photojournalism contributes to our education and sensitization, rouses our emotion, and enables us to share.

The photojournalism and documentary photography study course at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Hanover organizes the LUMIX Festival in cooperation with the Association for the Promotion of Photography in Hanover and with the support of the German photojournalist association FREELENS. In 2016 numerous reportages and picture essays will be presented in the futuristic pavilions of the Expo area. At the heart of the festival is the Design Center, headquarters for the Hanoverian photojournalism students. Like all of the festival’s exhibition pavilions, the Design Center is located at the former Expo 2000 grounds.

All students and professional photojournalists under the age of 35 are welcome to submit their work for the 5th LUMIX festival and based on those submissions 60 photojournalists will be invited to exhibit their work during the festival. The exhibitions accompany an attractive program which includes portfolio-reviews, lectures, panel-discussions, guided tours and a technique showroom.

The highlights of each festival day are the evening lectures delivered by internationally renowned photographers. The end of the festival is marked by the closing party on Saturday evening, which hosts the granting ceremonies of the FREELENS Award, the LUMIX Multimedia Award, the Lammerhuber Photography Award and the HAZ Audience Award.

The festival aims to be a platform for discussions, a picture show and a talent forum that appeals to professional picture editors and an interested expert audience as well as those who simply love photography.

Once again we invite young photojournalists to the 5th LUMIX Festival for Young Photojournalism to compete for one of the 60 photography exhibitions and the FREELENS Award endowed with EUR 10,000. Furthermore two »Honorable Mentions« including prize money of EUR 1,000 each will be awarded.

For the 5th LUMIX Festival Panasonic again donates the LUMIX Multimedia Award endowed with EUR 5,000 for the best journalistic multimedia production. The best submissions will be shown during the festival. As with the FREELENS Award the photographer has to be under the age of 35 and the work must show a journalistic character.

The Lammerhuber Photography Award, which is endowed by the publishing house EDITION Lammerhuber, was established at the 3rd LUMIX Festival in 2012. The prize honoures the reportage or series of the Festival that tells the most impressive story of everyday life. You do not need to extra apply for this award. The winner will be chosen out of the 60 exhibitions shown at the festival.

The Lammerhuber Photography Award underlines the philosophy of the LUMIX Festival, which is that the aim of humanist photojournalism should be to examine all facets of life. The prize is endowed with EUR 5,000.

Fees:

Free

Prizes:

Once again we invite young photojournalists to the 5th LUMIX Festival for Young Photojournalism to compete for one of the 60 photography exhibitions and the FREELENS Award endowed with EUR 10,000. Furthermore two »Honorable Mentions« including prize money of EUR 1,000 each will be awarded.

For the 5th LUMIX Festival Panasonic again donates the LUMIX Multimedia Award endowed with EUR 5,000 for the best journalistic multimedia production. The best submissions will be shown during the festival. As with the FREELENS Award the photographer has to be under the age of 35 and the work must show a journalistic character.

The Lammerhuber Photography Award, which is endowed by the publishing house EDITION Lammerhuber, was established at the 3rd LUMIX Festival in 2012. The prize honoures the reportage or series of the Festival that tells the most impressive story of everyday life. You do not need to extra apply for this award. The winner will be chosen out of the 60 exhibitions shown at the festival.

The Lammerhuber Photography Award underlines the philosophy of the LUMIX Festival, which is that the aim of humanist photojournalism should be to examine all facets of life. The prize is endowed with EUR 5,000.

Eligibility:

Applicants can be young photojournalists, photographers, students of Photography and trainees who are not older than 35 at the time of application. Only the photographers themselves can submit their applications.

Copyrights & Usage Rights:

Applicants can be young photojournalists, photographers, students of Photography and trainees who are not older than 35 at the time of application. Only the photographers themselves can submit their applications.

Only one reportage, essay or series (i.e. portrait series) with photojournalistic character can be submitted per applicant. The work shall consist of at least 15 to a maximum of 30 photographs. Group works will not be accepted. The work may already be published or awarded at other festivals, but this is not a precondition. Works, which have already been sent in previous years to the last Festival for Young Photojournalism in Hanover, are however not allowed.

Applications are accepted from 1st November 2015 until the 31st January 2016, our application forms are only active during this period. After the registration, applicants have 5 days, latest until the 5th February 2016 to upload their photographs in low resolution (6.5in on the longer side at 200dpi). The photo series will then be sighted and archived until the curating process takes place. A team of curators from the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Hannover and the photojournalist's organization FREELENS will then choose the 60 works to be exhibited at the festival from the pool of submissions. Selected works will be automatically eligible to participate in the competition for the FREELENS Award. Applicants will be informed whether their work will be featured at the festival during the following weeks. The team of curators reserves the right to change the order of the photographs or to omit single images of a work from the exhibition. All selected works and captions have to be uploaded to the server of the festival office as printable high-resolution files. From these files, the exhibition prints will be printed in the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Hanover in first class gallery quality.

The prints, only with your given consent in the registration form, will be sold with all proceeds going directly to the FREELENS Foundation. The donation of your prints however is not obligatory. With these proceeds the FREELENS Foundation supports the work of photojournalists in developing countries. All the other prints will be destroyed after the festival as the photographers’ do not bear the costs for the prints and therefore cannot claim ownership of the exhibition prints.

A five-person international jury chooses the winner of the FREELENS Award out of the 60 exhibited stories. The prize includes EUR 10,000 and a trophy. The jury’s decision is binding.

With the online registration, the applicants confirm that they possess the submitted work and the exclusive rights to use that work and that the images are free of rights of third parties. With applying you agree that the LUMIX Festival for Young Photojournalism may use individual photographs out of the 60 works chosen for the exhibitions for news coverage about the festival and its journalistic review free of charge. Additionally, the 60 chosen works will be printed in a festival catalogue. The applicants can't claim a royalty payment but the 60 chosen photographers will receive a free copy of the catalogue.

Theme:

Photojournalism