FREELENS Award 2016

Jonas Wresch »Kolumbiens Weg zum Frieden«

Toribio is considered one of Colombia’s most bitterly contested towns. Despite the deployment of military groups, guerrilla attacks are part of everyday life here. This is why the indigenous people established the Guardia Indigena protection force, which comprises about 800 volunteer men and women. As violence cannot be solved with violence, the members of the Guardia Indigena are unarmed.

LUMIX Multimedia Award 2016

Christian Werner »Schwarzer Tod«

Whenever the rainy season comes to Madagascar, bubonic plague appears. The humid climate causes an increase in the population of rats and fleas, creating ideal conditions for the pathogens of this deadly disease. Corruption, a lack of education and substandard infrastructure make it difficult to fight the pestilence. Altogether, these conditions make a dangerous combination that worsen the situation: it is virtually impossible for people to stem or eliminate the epidemic. 

Lammerhuber Photography Award 2016

Johan Bävman »Swedish Dads«

In Sweden, new parents can stay home and look after their children for up to 480 days. In the series Swedish Dads, Johan Bävman portrays fathers who have taken at least six months of leave for their children: significantly more than the average period. Bävman investigates the positive effects of the Swedish system and the relationships between fathers and their children. 

Stern Grant 2016

Sebastian Liste »Mexico. An intimate pandemic.«

Across Mexico, violence is becoming a perverse “normality”, undermining social relations and endangering the prospects for democracy. Mexico is a clear example of how state and international efforts to battle drug traffickers often only make matters worse.

I want to continue my photographic investigation about crime, punishment and security in Latin America and I‘d like to focus on four different aspects: how is the Mexican culture transformed by its endemic violence? What about the self-defense forces in the Guerrero State? What impact does violence have on migration across the country? And I want to investigate the rising rate of femicides in Mexico City, where at least 75% of the women have suffered attacks. 

dieUmweltDruckerei Sustainability Award 2016

Pablo Piovano »The Human Cost of Agrichemicals«

When Pablo Piovano found out about the catastrophic effects of genetically modified seeds and the large-scale use of pesticides in his home country of Argentina, he was driven to report on the situation. Since November 2014, he has been working on this project, mainly in the rural areas of northeast Argentina. He concentrates on the victims of chemicals used in agriculture.


Massimo Branca »Inside Outside Under Bucharest«

For two years, Massimo Branca lived on the streets of the Rumanian capital, Bucharest, in order to document one of Europe’s largest marginalized groups. Social problems have forced these people to do without ordinary comforts and live under the streets of the Gara de Nord. Drug consumption is as great a problem as the illegality of their presence. 

FREELENS Award / Honorable Mention

Laura Morton »Wild West Tech«

San Francisco and Silicon Valley are undergoing a gold rush. Young dreamers, businesspeople, geniuses and idealists gather there in the hope of establishing a successful start-up or making their fortune. These individuals toil at building up their companies. They are closely connected in their everyday lives: they live together, network and compete with each other, but they party together too.

FREELENS Award 2016 / Honorable Mention

Elena Chernyshova »Days of Night - Nights of Day«

Norilsk, situated in the north of Russia, is the world’s second-largest city above the Arctic Circle. It is also one of the world’s ten most polluted cities. Rich in metal and mineral deposits, the region has grown into a huge mining area. At the same time, Norilsk is covered in snow 270 days a year, and the polar night lasts from November until mid-January. In her reportage, Elena Chernyshova has documented the atmosphere and life in Norilsk. 

FREELENS Award 2016 / Honorable Mention

Enri Canaj »The Wind Cries War«

Since the Syrian civil war started in March 2011, the situation in the Middle East has become significantly worse. The number of people who must leave their homeland is increasing every day. Often, the hope for a better life is the only motivation to withstand the ordeals and adversities of flight from home. Enri Canaj documents the situation of people who come to Greece and Macedonia in order to continue on to Western Europe.

We proudly present the winners and exhibitions at the 5th LUMIX Festival for Young Photojournalism.

Exhibitions and winners from previous editions can be found in our archive.