FREELENS, the largest German organization of photojournalists, presents the FREELENS Award for the 6th LUMIX Festival for Young Photojournalism. The best 60 bodies of work will be selected by a our curating team to be exhibited in several pavilions and an open-air-exhibition on the expo grounds during the festival. The prize of EUR 10,000 goes to the most impressive work of all festival exhibitions. Two »Honourable Mentions« will also be awarded and include a prize of EUR 1,000 each. All three awarded photographers will be invited to Hanover to be guests of the festival.

The winner of the three prizes will be chosen by an international jury of renowned experts from the photojournalism scene. The granting of the FREELENS Award will take place on Saturday, 23th of June 2018, during the closing party of the festival.

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The Lammerhuber Photography Award, which is endowed by the publishing house EDITION LAMMERHUBER, was established at the 3rd LUMIX Festival in 2012 for the first time. The prize honoures the reportage or series of the Festival that tells the most impressive story of everyday life.

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 is endowed with EUR 5,000.

The photographer and publisher Lois Lammerhuber is one of the most outstanding personalities in photography in his home country of Austria. In addition to several prizes for his work in photography, he has won numerous awards for his photo books over the past years. In 2013, Edition Lammerhuber was acclaimed the Best Publishing House for Photobooks, won again in 2015 in the category nature photography and was awarded the Best Publishing House for Photobooks again 2017 at the FEP European Photo Book of the Year Awards.


Panasonic sponsors for the 6th time the LUMIX Multimedia Award which includes a prize money of 5,000 Euro for the best journalistic multimedia production. Increasingly, photojournalists have sought to expand the possibilities of photojournalism by incorporating multimedia into their work and adding new narrative layers beyond photography. Since the 3rd LUMIX Festival we have offered a platform and support for this new way of storytelling in cooperation with Panasonic.

Our curating team will choose around 20 of the best multimedia stories that will be shown at the festival, out of which a jury of multimedia experts will choose the winner of the LUMIX Multimedia Award. The granting of the LUMIX Multimedia Award will take place on Saturday, 23rd of June 2018, during the closing party of the festival.


As in previous years, the Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung (HAZ), the biggest regional newspaper, donates the HAZ Audience Award endowed with EUR 1.000. During the festival you can cast your vote for your favorite story at the info-point in the Design Center. The voting ends on Saturday, 23rd June 2018 at 6pm. When you vote you are automatically entered into a raffle and given the chance to win one of three LUMIX cameras donated by Panasonic. The granting ceremony will be on Saturday, 23rd June 2018, during the festivals closing party.



In cooperation with the LUMIX Festival dieUmweltDruckerei sponsors the »Sustainability Award« for the second time this year. The price endowed with 1.000 Euro honors the reportage or series of the festival that tells the most impressive story focusing on environmental and social issues. dieUmweltDruckerei wants to support photographers who discuss environmental and socially relevant topics and help to improve the general understanding of complex subjects through their work.

The winner will be announced on Saturday, 23rd of June 2018, during the closing party of the festival.