Born from the idea to create a platform for young and aspiring photojournalists, the LUMIX Festival for Young Photojournalism was founded in 2008 by the photojournalism study program at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Hannover, under the direction of Prof. Rolf Nobel and festival director Isabel Winarsch and in cooperation with the photojournalist association FREELENS and the main sponsor Panasonic with its name-giving camera branch LUMIX. Started as a university project, the festival is now organised by the Association for the Promotion of Photography in Hanover in collaboration with the founding partners. In its twelve year history the LUMIX Festival grew into one of Europes biggest and most important festivals for photojournalism due to the tireless efforts of the photo students from Hanover.
The expectations were high, but they were beat hollow: With some 12.000 visitors on the five festival days the reaction on the enchantingly picture celebration were bigger than the organizers had expected. But that was not all. No matter which medium dealt with the festival – and the media feedback was enormous – there was only praise for the premiere of the festival. According to the proposition of the organisers the festival will be held every two years from now on. The always completely booked out photographer lectures went also down well with the visitors. When do you ever get the opportunity to see such fabulous photographers like the German Kai Wiedenhöfer, the Czech photographer Antonìn Kratochvìl, the Magnum photographers Thomas Dworzak, Thomas Höpker and Steve McCurry, the animal photographer couple Heidi and Hans-Jürgen Koch and the British photographer Vanessa Winship? The audience also assumed the numerous technical lectures and the discussions about different topics like e.g. the education of photojournalists at universities and the work with photography in the editorial office of GEO.
Indeed the event was a great success. The quality of the exhibited photographers and their stories was "enormously high", as the Magnum photographer Thomas Höpker stated during the award ceremony of the FREELENS Award, "It would have been easily possible to present the price to ten or fifteen other photographers". The five-member jury awarded the price, which was endowed with 5.000 Euro, to the American photographer Stephanie Sinclair for her series "Bride Price – Child Marriage around the World". The "Honorable Mentions", endowed with 1.000 Euro, were awarded to the German photographer Christoph Bangert for his Iraq-series and the American photographer Krisanne Johnson for her work on women in Swaziland. Lana Slezic received the audience award for young photojournalism which was founded by Panasonic. The Canadian photographer received the most votes from the visitors for her series "Forsaken", a work on women in Afghanistan. The award is a merchandise credit worth 3.000 Euro.
The festival with its about 1.400 pictures and the various lectures was more than just a gigantic picture celebration or a big lecture event. "Also the atmosphere on the Expo-area was simply fantastic", states Getty-photographer Karsten Koall, "there were discussions everywhere and people swapped ideas. Simply great!" The nice summer wheather played into the hands of the organizers and turned the futuristic festival area in a perfect venue.
...all exhibitions 2008
...the press review 2008
...the archive 2008
It came to happen as expected: The amount of visitors at the 2nd LUMIX Festival was immense. The first visitors wandered through the seven exhibition locations on the Expo Grounds in best weather and a nice atmosphere. Andreas Trampe, Senior Picture Editor of the »stern« magazine was enthusiastic about the intensity and dedication of the exhibiting photographers, who in some cases photographed captivating and highly emotional stories in confined space. For the first time, guided tours for students and other groups were offered at the LUMIX Festival. Some of the photographers featured in the exhibitions, like for example Kristian Djurhuus and Saiful Huq Omi were present to answer the visitors' questions about their pictures. This new features were highly appreciated by the visitors and the photographers.
The Design Center at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Hanover, heart of the LUMIX Festival
The LUMIX Multimedia Award and 5.000 Euros for the best multimedia story went to Ilana Panich-Linsman for her work »Fifteen«
The Italian Davide Monteleone won the FREELENS Award and 10,000 Euros of prize money with his essay on »Northern Caucasus«
Next to lectures by Daniel Rosenthal, David Burnett, Carolyn Drake, Sergey Maximishin, Ernesto Bazan, Wojciech Grzedzinski and Ed Kashi, the photo fair grew and symposiums discussed topics like proportionality of picture manipulations with photoshop or the future of online journalism. More than 20.000 visitors went through the exhibitions at the former Expo grounds this year. »In my opinion and in the opinion of many renowned colleagues the second Lumix Festival has reached the first league of international photofestivals«, professor Rolf Nobel summed up the results when talking to his students in front of the Design Center this evening. Before that, the American photographer Anthony Suau had said goodbye with the statement »A lot better than Perpignan!«
The winner of the 2010 FREELENS Award war Davide Monteleone. With his story »Northern Caucasus« the Italian photographer won the prize endowed with 10,000 Euros. The award was presented by Thomas Höpker: »I was totally overwhelmed by the quality of the submitted works and it was very hard for the jury to choose a winner« said the Magnum photographer giving credit to the work of the jury who had to choose a single winner out of 60 outstanding stories. Johan Bävman, Emiliano Larizza, Munem Wasif and Thomas Lekfeldt each received a honourable mention. Thomas Lekfeldt was also awarded the audience award with an additional prize money of 1000 Euros. The LUMIX Multimedia Award went to the American photographer Ilana Panich-Linsman for her story about 15-year-old girls in New York. »I was so amazed!« said the mayor of Hannover Stephan Weil during his first visit to the 2nd LUMIX Festival for Young Photojournalism on the former Expo grounds in Hannover. »I thought it was going to be hard to top the first festival, but we exceeded it by far«, said Bertram Solcher, FREELENS, at the end.
More than 30,000 visitors came over the five days of the 3rd LUMIX Festival for Young Photojournalism. “Naturally, we hoped that we could outdo the numbers from 2010, but 30,000 is simply overwhelming”, says Rolf Nobel, festival director and professor of photography at Hannover’s University of Applied Arts and Sciences. Gerd Ludwig, a star photographer from National Geographic, commented: “It is a shame that there are only five days to see this number of unbelievable stories. I wish this exhibit could take place in other locations as well."
Besides the by now established photographers lectures, for this year the lineup included MAGNUM-Photographer Stuart Franklin, Rena Effendi and the 2014 tragically killed Anja Niedringhausen, there was a new premiere at the 3rd LUMIX Festival: The Lammerhuber Photography Award. 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 honoures the reportage or series of the Festival that tells the most impressive story of everyday life and is endowed with 5,000 Euros.
The American Peter van Agtmael won the FREELENS Award and 10,000 Euros prize money for his body of work »Disco Night Sept. 11«. The story is a collection of moments of the time when the photographer was wandering on a narrow path between the naive war fascination he had felt as a child and the brutality that he experienced later as a war photographer in Irak and Afghanistan. Honorable mentions went to Bharat Choudhary for his work »The Silence of Others«, Tomasz Lazar his reportage »Theater of Life« und Sebastian Liste with his work »Urban Quilombos«. Rémi Ochlik, who lost his life in the course of doing his photographic work, receives the HAZ Audience Award which is endowed with 1.000 €. In his photo reportage »Arab Spring« he captured the incidents of the Arab Spring.
The LUMIX Multimedia Award endowed with 5,000 Euros for the best multimedia story were given to the Dutch photographer Ilvy Njiokiktjien for »Afrikaner Blood«. She and her co-author Elles van Gelder convinced with their story about a group of South Africans who still believe in Apartheid, and about how hatred is being seeded into these young men’s hearts.
American photographer Christopher Capozziello received the Lammerhuber Photography Award which is endowed with 5,000 Euros and a honourable mention in the category LUMIX Multimedia Award. In his story »The Distance Between Us« Christopher Capoziello covers the past 10 years in the life of his twin brother Nick, who is a cerebral palsy patient, with his camera. Another Honourable Mention in the category LUMIX Multimedia Award was given to Maisie Crow. With very emotional interviews, her multimedia story »Half Lives: The Chernobyl Workers Now« shows the life of the victims of the Nuclear Desaster in Tschernobyl in 1986, who had been replaced and forgotten by Ukranian Government.
The American Peter van Agtmael won the FREELENS Award endowed with 10,000 Euros for his body of work »Disco Night Sept. 11«
The Lammerhuber Photogrpahy Award as well as a honorable mention in the LUMIX Multimedia Award category went to American photogrpaher Christopher Capozziello
The LUMIX Multimedia Award endowed with 5,000 Euros went to Dutch photographer Ilvy Njiokiktjien and her team for their project »Afrikaner Blood«
Der Amerikaner Peter van Agtmael gewinnt mit seiner Arbeit »Disco Night Sept. 11« den FREELENS Award und 10.000 Euro Preisgeld.
A new record and high ranking visitors. Within the 35,000 visitors at the 4th LUMIX Festival for Young Photojournalism was Daniela Schadt, wife of former German president Jochaim Gauck. Prof. Dr. Josef von Helden, president of the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Hanover, Prof. Wilfried Köpke, dean of the university's faculty III and the festival directors Prof. Rolf Nobel and Isabel Winarsch welcomed Miss Schadt on Saturday, 21 June 2016 and gave her some insight on the festivals history. Afterwards Miss Schadt, who has worked as a journalist for many years, attended the lecture by the German Nationl-Geographic-Photographer Gerd Ludwig and visited several exhibitions where she met some of the young photojournalists.
New at the 4th LUMIX Festival: The Open-Air-Exhibitions in the Gardens of Change
Meeri Koutaniemi won the FREELENS Award endowed with 10,000 Euros for her story »Taken«
The Lammerhuber Photography Award was awarded to German photographer Fara Phoebe Zetzsche (29) for her reportage “Stray Kids” about young people living on Berlins streets
The first award for the best Multimedia Story went to Patrick Slesiona from Germany with his reportage “Two Sides – To Live with the Unforgivable Crime”
The second award for the best Multimedia Story went to American Christopher Capoziello with his reportage “A State of Mind”
Hoher Besuch: Daniel Schadt übergibt den FREELENS-Award an Meeri Koutaniemi
Another highlight at the 4th LUMIX Festival was the premiere of the Open-Air-Exhibitions. Built as a parc for the world exposition 2000, we were allowed to use the Gardens of Change for the first time. There we showed some of the exhibitions in an open-air-set up. Great summer weather and a small coffee shop invited the visitors to get away for a while from the crowded exhibition buildings.
Finish photographer Meeri Koutaniemi received the FREELENS Award, which is endowed with 10,000 Euros, for her reportage “Taken”. Daniela Schadt, partner of Germans federal president Joachim Gauck, handed the award to the winner. Koutaniemi documented the cruel tradition of female genital mutilation in Kenya, which is condemned as a violation of human rights, but still carried out in 29 countries. The World Health Organization estimates that there are more than 140 million victims worldwide.
Three honourable mentions, which were endowed with 1,000 euros, went on the one hand to Norwegian photographer Andrea Gjestvang with her portrait series „One Day in History“ about the survivors oft he horrific massacre that took place on the Norwegian island of Utoya, otherwise to Danish Photographer Mads Nissen for his documentary series „Homophobia in Russia“ and to Rahul Talukder from Bangladesh for his pictures of the „Collapse of Rana Plaza“. For the third time, the Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung (HAZ) awarded the People's Choice Award. The reportage that moves the festival visitors the most was the story “One day in History” by Andrea Gjestvang. She additionally won the prize of 1,000 euros.
The Lammerhuber Photography Award was awarded to the reportage that tells a story from everyday life in the most impressive way. The prize, which is endowed with 5,000 euros, went to German photographer Fara Phoebe Zetzsche for her reportage “Stray Kids” about young people living on Berlins streets.
Patrick Slesiona from Germany with his reportage “Two Sides – To Live with the Unforgivable Crime” as well as American Christopher Capoziello with his reportage “A State of Mind” were voted for the best multimedia reportages. Two honourable mentions in the Multimedia category went on the one hand to photographer Berta Tilmantaite for her story "Oleg - The hunter" about Oleg Timofejewitsch Odnolko and otherwise to Yeong-Ung Yang for "Endless Bus Trip".