Lumix Festival For Young Visual Journalism
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.
As in previous years, over five days about 40,000 visitors will view 60 photographic exhibitions and 20 multimedia displays in seven different locations around Expo Plaza. Apart from a daily presentation programme hosted by renowned visual journalists, the festival will offer daily tours for interested groups, a competition for school pupils, portfolio reviews for young photographers and a photo technology fair in the Design Centre. Core elements of the festival will be the competition for the FREELENS Award, which is endowed with 10,000 euros, and the LUMIX Digital Storytelling Award, which is endowed with 5,000 euros. In the past, 1,200 photographers from 80 different countries have applied for these two prizes.
In future, along with a stronger international focus, the programme will also highlight more than before the mediation of journalistic content and the accompanying discourse. Therefore, the LUMIX Festival 2020 will be complemented with a forum to examine digital and transmedial narrative forms, as well as an International Open Campus, which will foster dialogue among experts, specialists and amateurs within the framework of the Container Village on Expo Plaza. Another new feature is the exhibition ‘New Perspectives on Documentary Practices’, which has been initiated by an international guest curator and will concentrate on current trends in visual-journalistic narrative, paying particular attention to the field of tension that exists between art, journalism and documentation.
Conditions of the competition
The LUMIX Festival presents and reflects young, socially engaged 21st-century visual journalism that actively investigates political, cultural, social, ecological and technological processes. With the modes of expression inherent to journalistic, transmedial narrative formats, the festival focuses on current perspectives of the documentary, understanding these to be media of active involvement in global debates.
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.
Submissions must have been created after 1 November 2017.
Submissions will be accepted in the period from 1 November 2019 up to and including 31 January 2020. During this period, the registration form will be available on our website.
All the jury’s decisions are binding.
All applicants must agree that their LUMIX projects will be shown as exhibitions, on monitors in digital presentations, and on the website of the LUMIX Festival for Young Visual Journalism. Furthermore, applicants must agree that individual images, photos, picture series or other elements from the selected projects may be used by the event organizers, free of charge, for reports on the festival, for advertising the festival, for any previews or reviews in other exhibitions and for journalistic use, including on social media platforms that are connected with the festival
Moreover, excerpts from the selected projects will be printed in a catalogue that will be made available both at the festival and in bookshops. However, the authors cannot claim compensation. Competition participants may not demand royalties or any other fees. Every author of a project published in the catalogue will receive a free copy of the catalogue.
A team of curators will decide the type and extent of the presentations of the projects selected for the LUMIX Festival for Young Visual Journalism.
With their online registration, participants assure that they have rights of use concerning the submitted projects, and that their projects, both in whole and in part, are free from third-party claims.
Participants may apply for both the exhibition program and its associated photo awards, as well as for the LUMIX Digital Storytelling Award.
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