LUMIX Festival for Young Visual Journalism 2020

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.