LUMIX Festival for Young Visual Journalism 2020

FREELENS Award, which is endowed with 10,000 euros


From 24 to 28 June 2020, the LUMIX Festival for Young Visual Journalism will take place in Hanover for the seventh time. In 2020, the festival will be organized by the ‘Verein zur Förderung visueller Medien e.V.’ in collaboration with the Photojournalism and Documentary Photography programme at Hanover University of Applied Sciences and Arts and the FREELENS journalists‘ association. In close connection to the study programme Photojournalism and Documentary Photography, the content of the festival will be directed at young, socially committed visual journalism of the 21st century which actively examines political, cultural, social, ecological and technological processes. With the means of expression inherent to journalistic, transmedial narrative formats, the festival will focus on current perspectives of the documentary, understanding these as media of active participation in global debates.


On the occasion of the 7th LUMIX Festival for Young Photojournalism, we invite young photojournalists to take part in the competition for the FREELENS Award, which is endowed with 10,000 euros. Two further projects will be distinguished, each with an honourable mention and 1,000 euros.
Furthermore, we will confer the Lammerhuber Award, the UmweltDruckerei Sustainability Prize and the HAZ Audience Prize on photo series selected from the exhibition.
For the most outstanding multimedia web story, Panasonic will in 2020 again confer the LUMIX Digital Storytelling Award, which is endowed with 5,000 euros.

The best projects in both categories (Picture Series / Photo Story and Digital Storytelling) will be presented in 80 exhibitions during the Festival.


Picture authors no older than 35 on the date of submission may participate in the LUMIX Festival for Young Visual Journalism. Submissions may be from either individual authors or teams of authors, provided most of the team members are no older than 35. Projects may be submitted only by the authors themselves.

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