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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. Upon registration, applicants have five days to complete their applications. 

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 (particularly on the festival website: www.fotofestival-hannover.de), 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.
 

FREELENS
AWARD
2020

In this category, each applicant may submit only one picture series. The project must comprise at least 15 photos, but no more than 30. Group projects are expressly permitted. The projects may already have been published or distinguished at other festivals; however, this is in no way a precondition for participation.

Projects which have already been submitted once may be submitted again only under the condition that they are long-term projects in which at least 50 % of the images are new. 

Applications must include hi-res data (300 dpi) of the images, with complete captions and an exhibition text, as well as the author’s personal biography and portrait. Applications will be considered only when all of the above-described details, information and elements are complete. 

An international team of curators will select the projects to be exhibited. These will automatically take part in the selection for the FREELENS Award, the Lammerhuber Photography Award, the Umweltdruckerei prize, the HAZ People’s Choice Award and any other prizes to be conferred. Applicants will be informed by email of their exhibition at the LUMIX Festival for Young Visual Journalism. The team of curators reserves the right to alter the sequence of the photos and to shorten the photo series. 

When required, the selected authors will make their submitted photos available to the LUMIX Festival for Young Visual Journalism at a higher resolution. This must be done in a timely manner.

These data will be used to prepare exhibition prints in gallery quality. The prints will be made available for purchase to the visitors to the festival in exchange for a donation to benefit the FREELENS Foundation.

With its proceeds, the FREELENS Foundation supports needy photographers and promotes photographic projects, exhibitions, symposia and workshops. In doing so, they concentrate on developing countries. 

Any prints by picture authors who disagree with this policy will be destroyed. Due to the high associated expense, the prints cannot be sent to the authors. 

An international jury will distinguish one project with the FREELENS Award, which is endowed with 10,000 euros. Two honourable mentions will be announced, each of which is endowed with 1,000 euros. Moreover, photobook publisher Lois Lammerhuber will confer the Lammerhuber Photography Award, which is endowed with 5,000 euros, for the best story from everyday life. 

Digital
Storytelling
Award

Submissions for this competition can include slideshows, multimedia reportages, scrollytelling stories, web documentaries and transmedial storytelling concepts in keeping with the spirit of the festival.

Submissions for this competition can be digital stories or documentaries that consist primarily of photographs or moving pictures and are available online. This includes web videos, multimedia reportages, interactive slideshows, 360-degree videos and VR apps as well as Instagram stories and YouTube series. The online documentation of transmedial projects is also permitted. Written or spoken texts must be in either English or German. Submissions must be available via online links. In the case that a project is not publicly available, the jury must have access via a password. Group projects are permitted. 

Each applicant or team may submit only one project in this category. 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.

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. Upon registration, applicants have five days to complete their applications. A complete application will comprise the submitted project and the exposé, as well as the author’s biography and portrait. Applications will be considered only when all of the above-described details, information and elements are complete. Any project submitted to the LUMIX Digital Storytelling Award must be available online; a URL leading to the project must be provided.

A team of curators will select among all the submissions the projects to be shown at the festival. These projects will automatically take part in the LUMIX Digital Storytelling Award. Applicants will be informed whether their projects have been selected for the LUMIX Festival for Young Visual Journalism. The selected projects will be presented at the LUMIX Festival for Young Visual Journalism.

An international jury will distinguish one project with the LUMIX Digital Storytelling Award, which is endowed with 5,000 euros. The jury’s decision is binding.