Lumix Festival for Young Visual Journalism 2020

Deadline: 31 January 2020
Open to: photojournalists no older than the age of 35
Benefits: cash prizes


LUMIX Festival for Young Visual Journalism 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.


Photojournalists no older than 35 may submit their projects from 1 November 2019 until 31 January 2020. The submitted projects may not be older than two years or must have been completed within the past two years. The projects may have been created either by individual authors or as collaborative works. It is possible to apply for both categories (»Picture Series« and »Digital Storytelling«). Submitted projects must have been created after 1 November 2017. Each applicant or team can submit one project for each of the two categories (»Picture Series« and »Digital Storytelling«). The project may already have been published, shown, or distinguished. However, this is in no way a precondition of participation. Projects previously submitted to the LUMIX Festival for Young Visual Journalism in Hanover may be resubmitted if they have undergone significant further development in the period since the last submission.

Participants may apply for both the exhibition program and its associated photo awards, as well as for the LUMIX Digital Storytelling Award.


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

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For more information and to apply please visit the official web page.