12th October 2010

Moving image of a moving festival

For a moving impression of the Lumix Festival 2010 you should watch this video about what happened during the five festival days. The segment was created by students of the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Hannover. It might bring back memories to one or two and should make you curious about the 3rd Lumix Festival for Young Photojournalism, which will take place in June 2012.

Unfortunately, we can only offer a German version by now.

Kamera: Henning Bode, Natalie Becker, Khalid Aziz

5th July 2010

That was the festival

The 2nd Lumix Festival for Young Photojournalism ended after five emotional and impressive days. Young photographers featured in the exhibition, photography experts, professional visitors and interested guests got to look up to the more than 1.400 photos on the Expo grounds in Hannover, try out novelties in the technique showroom or just have a talk with each other. The photography students of the University of Applied Sciences Hannover followed the event with their cameras – you can find their impressions, captured in many atmospheric pictures, and reactions from photography experts here.

The prize winners

The Italian Davide Monteleone won the FreeLens Award and 10,000 euros of prize money with his essay on »Northern Caucasus«.

Emiliano Larizza brought home pictures from Haiti that were not like the ones that came through the news agencies. He received an Honourable Mention and 1,000 euros for his work about the »Haiti Earthquake«.

Johan Bävman received an Honourable Mention and 1,000 euros for his work »In the Shadow of the Sun« about the destiny of albinos in Tanzania.

Another Honourable Mention went to Munem Wasif's reportage »Salt Water Tears« about the disastrous consequences of commercial shrimp fishing in Southwest Bangladesh.

Thomas Lekfeldt was glad about an Honourable Mention and the Hannoversche Allgemeine Audience Award, each endowed with 1,000 euros. For his reportage »A Star in the Sky« he had photographed a girl suffering from cancer and her family.

The Lumix Multimedia Award and 5.000 Euros for the best multimedia story went to Ilana Panich-Linsman. For »Fifteen« she accompanied three adolescent girls for more than a year.

20th June 2010

The Lumix Festival ends with a record number of visitors

The last day of the 2nd Lumix Festival for Young Photojournalism ends with a record number of visitors. More than 20 000 visitors have seen the exhibitions on the 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!«

More than 1400 photos of 60 young photographers where presented on the Expo grounds this year, 8 exciting lectures were held by renowned photographers and 20 companies have presented their technical novelties. »Despite all the help of our sponsors, this huge sucess would not have been possible without the outstanding work of our students and numerous colleages, who have worked for it so many days. As professor of this university I am really proud!« summed up Rolf Nobel, head of the festival and professor at the University of Applied Sciences Hannover.

For the students and helpers however the festival is not over yet. Already today they started to deconstruct the technique showroom in the atrium of the Design Center. In the upcoming days the exhibition prints will all be taken of the walls and out of the frames, and the walls of the exhibition will be deconstructed and stored away. The enormous rush of visitors and the continuously positive feedback of visitors, photographers, picture editiors and the press compensates the students and organisors for the efforts of the last months.

Thank you for your visit! We are looking forward to 2012.

19th June 2010

And the winner is ...

The winner of this year's »Freelens-Award« is Davide Monteleone. With his story »Northern Caucasus« the Italian photographer won a prize money of 10.000 €. The award was presented by Thomas Höpker in the atrium of the multimedia vocational school this evening. »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 (exhibition 01), Emiliano Larizza (22), Munem Wasif (57) and Thomas Lekfeldt (24) each received an honourable mention. Thomas Lekfeldt was also awarded the audience award with an additional prize money of 1000 €. The prize for the best multimedia production went to the American photographer Ilana Panich-Linsman for her story about 15-year-old girls in New York.

»I'm so amazed!« said the mayor of Hannover Stephan Weil on 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 (chairman of Freelens) at the end.

In the talk on the topic »photography studies: first a Bachelor degree, and afterwards?« at 2 pm the photographers Christian Burkert, Daniel Pilar, Heinrich Völkel, Daniel Rosenthal and Kai Nedden discussed their career and the transition from school to work. Shortly afterwards the Danish graduates Carsten Bundgaard, Kristian Djurhuus, Thomas Lekfeldt, Nikolai Linares, Mads Nissen and Martin Stampe talked about the secret of their success. The education at the Danish School of Journalism is among the most successful in the world. Søren Pagter, head of the department of photography in Arhus, made clear, that his students focus on journalistic work from the first day on and that they are trained how to tell stories. Besides that the semester is split up into workshops, so the students can fully concentrate on their projects.

The American photographers Ed Kashi and Anthony Suau formed the crowning finale  of an exciting, informative and funny lecture programme. »I know, no one gets paid for it, but multimedia story tellling is a good way to show my stories to the people and to open their eyes. I believe in what I'm doing and I am sure that the time for these stories will come«, Ed Kashi summed up his fascinating multimedia lecture.

For the future Anthony Suau counts on the work of collectives. A signal against the publishers and a signal for the power of photography. With the »Farm Security Administration« in the nineteen-twenties as a role model he founded »Facing Change« together with nine other photographers. 
»It is amazing what the students have accomplished here. I have never seen anything like it before in the whole world«, said Anthony Suau to sum up his impressions.

18th June 2010

Great photos, substandard soccer

Photo: Kris FinnPhoto: Joanna NottebrockPhoto: Kris FinnPhoto: Joanna NottebrockPhoto: Joanna NottebrockPhoto: Joanna NottebrockPhoto: Nora KleinPhoto: Joanna NottebrockPhoto: Nora KleinPhoto: Joanna NottebrockPhoto: Joanna NottebrockPhoto: Stefanie PreuinPhoto: Charlotte SattlerPhoto: Fara Phoebe ZetzschePhoto: Joanna NottebrockPhoto: Nick Neufeld

A sharp trumpet-like sound droned through the air of the atrium of the Design Center, when the German team missed their first real chance to score a goal. Even the people on the Panasonic stand of the technique showroom stopped giving advice and held their breath. Photographers, exhibitors and visitors stood side by side watching the game on the screens of the technique showroom. Rather soon it became clear that the German team was not going to turn it around anymore. Life went on anyway in the exhibition and the mood stayed good and lively. 

Before that the third round of talks with photographers and the third panel discussion of this year's festival took place. Roberto Boccaccino, Jonathan Bjerg Møller, Mathias Christensen, Gianni Cipriano, Anne-Stine Johnsbråten, Alex Masi and Ilana Panich-Linsman discussed the topic »Multimedia: Niche or future of photojournalism?« with the audience. At the same time Bertram Solcher led a discussion between Hans-Jürgen Koch (photographer, Animal Affairs), Peter Bitzer (CEO of »laif«), Volker Lensch (senior picture editor of »stern«) und Bernd von Jutrczenka (head of the photography department of the »dpa«) which dealt with the question »Photojournalism: How much Photoshop is allowed?«. The discussion was well attended like the others before, and the participants soon agreed that Photoshop is just as important for digital photography as the darkroom for analog photography. However everyone should keep a clear conscience when editing pictures in Photoshop and should know what they are dealing with. Ultimately it comes down to »Less is more«.

The Italian photographer Ernesto Bazan stepped up to the speaker's desk as the fifth lecturer of the Lumix Festival for Young Photojournalism. He showed the audience his pictures of the Cuba, that he had fallen in love with and that he had to leave after 14 years. Amazing pictures of the life on an island, that had enchanted many people before. Always looking at the everyday life, the beauty of this island and its people.

At the end of the day the Polish photographer Wojciech Grzedzinski captivated the audience with his photos of the conflict in Georgia. He was the youngest lecturer at the festival and showed a broad range of works from independent projects as well as from news photography. 

17th June 2010

The crowd of visitors keeps coming

Photo: Joanna NottebrockPhoto: Christina KuhauptPhoto: Christina KuhauptPhoto: Nick NeufeldPhoto: Felix SchmittPhoto: Nora KleinPhoto: Felix SchmittPhoto: Christina KuhauptPhoto: Nina Weymann SchulzPhoto: Joanna NottebrockPhoto: Kris FinnPhoto: Kris FinnPhoto: Hannes Jung

Besides another rush of visitors, many classes from schools and groups of visitors were led through the exhibition. Some of the photographers featured in the exhibition, like for example Kristian Djurhuus (10 - People of the Park) and Saiful Huq Omi (42 - Ships and Beyond), were present to answer the visitors' questions about their pictures. This new development, compared to the first Lumix Festival, was appreciated very much by the visitors and the photographers. Another novelty are the talks of photographers and guests about certain topics. At 12 am the first talk started with the topic »Themes of everyday life: fascinating or boring?« The discussion with the photographers Joanna Nottebrock, Lene Münch, Florian Manz, Andres Gjestvang and Arnold Morascher was lead by Prof Lars Bauernschmitt. The guests were curious to hear how the topics caught the photographers’ attention. Photography student Florian Manz was greeted by his protagonist with »He has to go! I don’t want that«. Only with lots of dedication and many days without a single photo he managed to build up a connection to this unique old farmer. His story about the last farmer of Hannover is on display in the Design Center.

»We enjoy being here, it is a lot of fun to see so many good pictures. There are also some stories here that we wanted to do ourselves at some point« said the photographers Heidi and Hans-Jürgen Koch, who gave a lecture during the festival two years ago. They are glad to have come again because of the broad range of stories shown and because of the wonderful atmosphere. Another visitor, who is here for the second time, is Michael Apel of »Chrismon«. He is fascinated by the story »Under a Nuclear Cloud« by the young photographer Ed Ou. »It’s fascinating how someone can tell such a story with so much empathy without exposing the protagonists … and it's someone so young!« said the picture editor with amazement.

Jens Rehländer, Michael Hauri, Klaus Jarchow, Matthias Eberl, Robert Wenkemann und Uwe Martin met at 2 pm in the auditorium of the Design Center for a panel discussion about the topic »Multimedia: a new medium requires new photographers«. How are the chances of new media and who is going to pay for it? The participants of the discussion dealt with these and many other questions. Uwe Martin (freelance photojournalist) pointed out that the publishers have to solve the problem of financing because otherwise soon there won’t be any online newspapers left. Michael Hauri, member of the collective »2470media« explained, that by connecting video and photography he dares more. The combination allows him to produce stories that you can’t tell with photography alone.

At the end of the day the lectures of Carolyn Drake and Sergey Maximishin captivated the visitors with stories from central Asia and Cuba. Carolyn Drake reported vividly about her journeys through the region of Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan. She showed a photographic road movie along the most important rivers of these countries, to make clear how the industry changes and destroys the environment and the people of this region. Sergey Maximishin caused every visitor to smile at least once when he presented his ironic and funny pictures to the audience. At the end even Ruth Eichhorn (senior picture editor of GEO) enthusiasticly praised the quality of his work.

16th June 2010

Big rush at the first festival day

It came to happen like expected. The rush at the first day of the festival was immense. The first visitors wandered through the seven exhibition locations on the Expo Grounds in best weather and a nice atmosphere. Already before noon, the first VIP shuttles with the lecturers and jury member Thomas Höpker arrived. »Actually, we should have endowed 60 Freelens Awards to the exhibiting photographers, as the quality of the submissions was so good and that is also reflected in the exhibitions«, said the Magnum photographer. 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.

At 3 pm, Prof Dr Rolf Hüper, director of faculty III, Prof Dr Ing Werner Andres, president of the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Hanover, Bernd Strauch, mayor of Hannover, Ralf Hansen, General Manager Communication at Panasonic, and Bertram Solcher, chairman of the photojournalist's organisation FreeLens, stepped to the speaker’s desk one after another and officially opened the 2nd Festival for Young Photojournalism on the Expo Area in Hanover. »I want to thank the students for their commitment and can’t even say how proud I am of them. Pass on soccer and watch the images«, the faculty’s director Prof Dr Rolf Hüper summed up his speech.

The lecture series was opened this evening by the photographers Daniel Rosenthal and David Burnett. Daniel Rosenthal, who had been featured in the exhibition of the first Lumix Festival, pointed out how important young concerned photojournalism is for our world. »To me it is of great relevance to be close to the people, not just in sense of pictures but especially in an emotional sense«, which he made clear with his photos of street kids in Berlin, of HIV patients in Malavi and of victims of the Chinese economic boom.
Later on, David Burnett fascinated the audience with interesting and lively told stories out of more than 40 years of working for the press: from diverse, exciting pictures of contemporary history to the sometimes absurd everyday life of a press photographer.  

Only a few hours from now the 2nd Lumix Festival for Young Photojournalism will begin. More than 1400 pictures of 60 photographers, 21 multimedia productions, an exciting lecture programme, a large technique showroom and lots of nice conversations in a great atmosphere are waiting for the visitors. The websites and will be reporting together about the festival and inform you daily about the following day.

The set up of the exhibitions already began last week. Now even the last pictures are hanging and have been straightened out, the technique showroom is ready, the floors are clean and the last tools are put away. The organising team and the photography students have worked long and hard for this festival to even exceed the success of 2008.

More than 1000 applications from 70 countries have arrived at the festival office in March 2010 and 60 of them have made it into the exhibition. The main criteria for the stories was their photographic and narrative quality. Besides that the Lumix Festival also aims to show the wide range of contents covered by photojournalism today. The participants of this year's festival are from 22 countries. The international presence increased compared to the first Lumix Festival. Many of the photographers featured in the exhibition live in USA, Denmark, Italy and Russia, and only 16 of them live in Germany.

15th June 2010

It begins!

Photo: Joanna NottebrockPhoto: Joanna NottebrockPhoto: Hannes JungPhoto: Joanna NottebrockPhoto: Hannes JungPhoto: Joanna NottebrockPhoto: Nora KleinPhoto: Nora KleinPhoto: Nora KleinPhoto: Nora Klein

14th June 2010

Lectures are translated simultaneously and broadcasted as a livestream

Photo: Kris Finn
All photographers’ lectures of the festival will be translated simultaneously from German to English and the other way around. The translation can be received on VHF in the auditorium. If you don‘t have your own radio with headphones you can get a radio receiver for 3 Euros. The lectures will also be broadcast worldwide via internet live stream. The lecturers have been asked for permission to broadcast the lectures and nearly all of them have approved. The live broadcasts will be presented on the home page of the festival website with undubbed audio. The schedule can be found at the »lectures« page. There you can also find the recordings of the lectures presented at the last Lumix Festival. After this year's Lumix Festival, you will also find the new recordings there.

11th June 2010

»Photojournalism: How much Photoshop is allowed?« ...

... is the title of a panel discussion which will be held on Friday, 18th June at 12 am in the Design Center's Auditorium. Bertram Solcher, Chairman of the photojournalist's organisation FreeLens will moderate the event. The participants are Hans-Jürgen Koch (Animal Affairs, Photographer), Peter Bitzer (managing partner, laif agency), Bernd von Jutrczenka (dpa head of photography) and Volker Lensch (manager of the photo desk of Stern magazine).
While digital manipulations, adding elements to the image or removing them, was the biggest concern after the introduction of digital photography, nowadays more and more extreme picture manipulations cause confusion. What doesn't pose a problem in art photography, touches ethical and authenticity principles in journalistic photography. Skies are burned to black or disturbing figures or elements are simply blackened. Over and over you receive the impression that photographers no longer let themselves in for reality but create them by theirselves stagily. If the drama can't be found on location then the image is made a drama using Photoshop. Recently, even the jurors of renowned competitions have their fill and disqualify images. Nevertheless, unified guidelines or directives for image manipulation don't exist.

10th June 2010

The preparations are in full swing

It’s only a few days now until the opening of the 2nd Lumix Festival on the Expo Plaza Hanover! The preparations run at full steam: 1,400 photographs have been adjusted in levels, printed and framed; the 200 partition walls have been painted. Almost daily, exhibitions are installed in one or two of the seven festival pavilions on the Expo grounds. The festival catalogue with information about all 60 photographers and their exhibitions is also in the press. The fanfold festival programme has already been delivered by the printing company. Large bills in the whole city, commercials in the most important art house cinemas and in the passenger TV of the local public transport company Üstra attract the attention of Hanoverians. »I want to thank all students who contribute with such great dedication to the success of the festival. Without this phenomenal support, we would have never been able to achieve the Lumix Festival«, says Rolf Nobel, professor of Photography at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Hanover and head of the festival. »For me, this is a positive example of what one can obtain with motivated students.«

5th June 2010

Panel discussion »Multimedia: a new medium requires new photographers«

2008, there was a panel discussion about social reportages. Foto: Andy Spyra

The Lumix Festival dedicates a panel discussion to the new medium of multimedia reportages which will take place on Thursday, 17th June at 2 pm in the Auditorium of the Design Center. The discussion forum will be moderated by Jens Rehländer, former journalist at and now PR Controller of the Volkswagen Foundation in Hanover.As participants, we invited Michael Hauri (2470media), Klaus Jarchow (media journalist), Matthias Eberl (multimedia reporter), Robert Wenkemann ( and Uwe Martin (internet platform Spill The Beans). Besides the journalistic and monetary prospects of internet journalism, the following questions will be subjects of the discussion: Which additional skills will photographers have to learn for multimedia? How could one desribe the quality of contemporary multimedia productions? What lacks? Isn't multimedia just badly done TV? Which role does photography play in multimedia and which one does video? Are there any trends, how will multimedia develop in the future?

2nd June 2010

HAZ endows Audience Award, Panasonic raffles three devices

For the 2nd Lumix Festival for Young Photojournalism, the newspaper Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung (HAZ) endows the Audience Award which includes prize money of 1,000 euros. All visitors of the festival can give their vote for the photo series that touched, enthralled or entertained them most until Saturday, 19th June, 6.00 pm at the Info Point in the Design Center. The most popular reportage will be awarded during the final party which starts at 8.00 pm in the Multimedia Vocational School right next to the Design Center. Later on, the lucky winners of a 42" Plasma TV, a Blue Ray Disc Recorder and a Blue Ray Disc Player sponsored by Panasonic Germany will be chosen at random out of all voters.

1st June 2010

F.A.Z. comes to the Lumix Festival with a »BlueBox«

The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (F.A.Z., one of Germany’s biggest newspapers) will install a BlueBox at the 2nd Lumix Festival for Young Photojournalism where visitors can experience 21 photo reportages visually as well as audibly. These works originate from the cooperation of the F.A.Z. and the field of study Photography at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Hanover. The successful partnership began in 2005: ever since then, four students per year get the opportunity to contribute with their photographs to the development of the newspaper on a daily basis, to improve themselves and to swap ideas with the picture editors. The high quality of their work is always convincing and emphasises the F.A.Z.’s interest in young photography and pictorial art of high quality.

28th May 2010

Lumix Festival Souvenirs

Every fan of the Lumix Festival who wants to take a souvenir home, may now order a T-shirt, hoodie or notebook case with the festival logo, either in German or in English, and much else at

During the festival, interested visitors may purchase the exhibition catalogue of nearly 300 pages which will give the reader an impression of the exhibited reportages and introduces the authors and their works (more information will follow soon). Also the official festival poster will be available for purchase in the Design Center.

26th May 2010

Portfolio reviews with experts of the imaging sector

During the portfolio reviews 2008. Photo: Joanna Nottebrock

We will again offer portfolio reviews during the Lumix Festival this year to underline our philosophy to support young photojournalists and to advance them in their development. Experienced and renowned photographers and picture editors, who are familiar with the photography market, take the time to review each portfolio for half an hour.

Further information and the online registration form can be found here.

21st May 2010

Anthony Suau is the last but not least lecturer

»Beyond the Fall« – The Transformation. Moscow, Russia, 1993.»Beyond the Fall« – The Opening. Moscow, Russia, 1993.Inauguration of George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., 20th January 2001.

The American photographer Anthony Suau has confirmed to give the last of eight lectures of the 2nd Lumix Festival for Young Photojournalism. His lecture will start on Saturday, 19th June, already at 7 pm in the auditorium of the Design Center. Suau was born in Illinois, USA in 1956. After studying at the Rochester Institute of Technology he worked for the Chicago Sun-Times and the Denver Post among others. He received well-known prizes for his work like the »Picture of the Year Award«, the »World Press Photo Award« and the »Robert Capa Gold Medal«. In September 1999 his travelling exhibition »Beyond the Fall« has been opened in Washington D.C. Since then the exhibition has been touring to Milan, Berlin, Moscow, London, Budapest, Bilbao, Saint Petersburg and New York.

To the website of Anthony Suau

13th May 2010

Wojciech Grzedzinski comes to the Lumix Festival

Georgian Conflict, August 2008.The Aftermath of the 2009 Sumatra earthquakes, with more than 1100 dead.»Kosovo - the day before independence«

Polish photographer Wojciech Grzedzinski will give a lecture in the auditorium of the Design Center on Friday, 18th June, starting at 7.30 pm. Only 30 years old, Grzedzinski is the festival’s youngest lecturer, but he has already an impressive career. After studying Applied Social Sciences, Ethnology, Anthropology and Pedagogy, Grzedzinski worked for various newspapers and agencies, including Reuters and AFP. He is mostly interested in photographing humans. His pictures show people in their everyday lives as well as in extreme situations. Grzedzinski became known for his reportages from Kosovo, Georgia and Indonesia, showing the impact of war and natural catastrophes on the daily lives of people. The Pole is cofounder of the »NapoImages« photo collective and has already won many national and international awards. In 2009, he received the 3rd place at the World Press Photo Award in the category »Spot News Stories«.

To the website of his collective »Napo Images«

5th May 2010

Walk down memory lane – FotoTV film about the festival 2008

FotoTV, a German photography WebTV channel, has provided their segment of 19 minutes about the first Lumix Festival for Young Photojournalism 2008. It's perfect to walk down memory lane and to get an appetite for the 2nd Festival on 16th to 20th June 2010. Sorry that it's only available in German.

29th April 2010

The countdown has begun

With hanging the two big banners of 150 sq.m. each on the front and back of the Design Center, the University of Applied Sciences and Arts has started the countdown for the crucial preparation phase for the 2nd Lumix Festival for Young Photojournalism. It’s only 6 weeks now until the opening of the festival on 16th June 2010.

The banner with a photo of Dominic Nahr’s »The Road to Nowhere« being examined in the atrium. By now it’s hanging at the main entrance of the Design Center. Photos: Hannes Jung 

The large-format banner on the front of the building shows a photo by Swiss photographer Dominic Nahr from his series about the civil war in Congo. The huge poster on the back is a BW-photograph by Bangladeshi photographer Saiful Huq Omi from his series »Ships And Beyond« about a ship breaking yard in Sitalpur, Bangladesh.

This large-format banner with a photo by Saiful Huq Omi can be seen from the »Messeschnellweg« expressway.

Mounting the posters took a whole day in each case. The edges which are 51 metres long in total have to be fixed with numerous wire loops to prevent the poster with its vast sail area from flying apart.

19th April 2010

Sergey Maximishin comes to the Lumix Festival

Two monks carrying an icon.A tea drinking of the amateur »Naive Theatre« of N7 Psycho-neurological asylumFerry

Sergey Maximishin, one of the most important photojournalists in Russia, is coming to the 2nd Lumix Festival for Young Photojournalism. He will speak about his work in the auditorium of the Design Center on Thursday, 17th June starting at 7.30 pm. Already while he served in the military he was a photographer for the Soviet military club in Cuba. After studying physics he decided to also study photojournalism in St. Petersburg. He worked as a photojournalist for Iswestija, one of the largest daily newspapers of Russia. His works have been published in stern, Time, Focus, The Wall Street Journal and other leading print media worldwide. Besides several national prizes Sergey Maximishin received the World Press Photo award twice in the categories »arts and entertainment« and »daily life«. He covers a wide range of topics: Amongst others he took photographs in India and Iran, but primarily in his native country Russia. His photos often show scenes of everyday life, which he captures with his camera in bizarre and wondrous moments.

To the website of Sergey Maximishin

18th April 2010

Daniel Rosenthal comes to the Lumix Festival

»HIV in Malawi«»Zanesville, Ohio and the war in Iraq and Afghanistan.«»The bone mill – Victims of industrial accidents in China.«»Street children in Berlin«

Photo: Kai Wiedenhöfer
Daniel Rosenthal is one of the best German photojournalists of the younger generation. He will present his works in the auditorium of the Design Center on the opening day of the Lumix Festival, Wednesday 16th June, starting at 5 pm. Born in Wiesbaden in 1973, he completed his education as photographer at the Lette-Verein in Berlin and later studied photojournalism at the London College of Communication. He has been working for diverse employers in Germany and worldwide, mostly on current and social topics as well as on his own projects. His works have been published amongst others in stern, Geo, de Volkskrant, Greenpeace Magazin, FOCUS, Profil, Time Magazine and Independent Saturday Magazine. Among other prizes he has been awarded the Hansel-Mieth-Prize 2008 and the Lead Award 2008 – Picture of the Year. Daniel Rosenthal is a member of the German agency laif.

To Daniel Rosenthal's website

13th April 2010

21 stories nominated for lumix multimedia award

The 2nd Lumix Festival for Young Photojournalism 2010 will be the premiere for the »Lumix Multimedia Award« including prize money of 5,000 euros for the best journalistic multimedia production.

170 photographers from 41 countries have applied for this award which will be given in addition to the FreeLens Award. The chance to create another narrative layer beyond the photographs seems to be used by more and more photographers.

We have already preselected the 21 best works which will be shown during the festival, on a big canvas in our photo studio as well as on iMacs in the big areaway of the Design Center. You can already receive an impression in the clips of about 1 minute shown online.

A jury consisting of Jan Hillebrecht (GEO), Fabian Mohr (, Kay Meseberg (, Robert Wenkemann (FAZ) and Markus Matthes (Panasonic) will then choose the one work which receives the Lumix Multimedia Award on the final party on Saturday, 19th of June.

31st March 2010

The festival trailer for websites is finished

In our multimedial trailer for the 2nd Lumix Festival for Young Photojournalism of about four minutes, you'll hear everything important about the festival, see pictures of the exhibitions and learn a lot about the programme and the philosophy of the event.

You can embed the trailer into your website for free, forward it to friendly websites or download it from our download section for further use. In case of questions or technical problems please contact the festival office.

20th March 2010

German newspaper F.A.Z. again supports the Lumix Festival

For many years now, the newspaper has been supporting the photography department of the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Hannover in regards to the photographic education of students. Once again, the newspaper will promote the 2nd Lumix Festival for Young Photojournalism with media coverage.

Since more than four years now, students have been offered an internship at the newspaper's editorial office lasting six months each. The students work as photographers for the Rhein-Main edition, as well as the Sunday edition and the nationwide sections – A cooperation to the benefit of both sides. Daniel Pilar for example, the first of the photography students to commence work in Frankfurt as a permanently employed photographer for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, will be featured at the Lumix Festival with his story "Crossing Kabul", which he has photographed for the newspaper. Also the two reportages by former F.A.Z. interns Christian Burkert and Kai Nedden were selected among the best 60 entries for the FreeLens Award.

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15th March 2010

The 60 exhibitions are fixed

1. Johan Bävman »Albino – In the Shadow of the Sun«2. Michael Christopher Brown »Broadway«3. Carsten Bundgaard »Midas Touch«4. Christian Burkert »Last Exit Detroit«5. Petrut Calinescu »The Last Peasants of Transylvania«6. James Chance »Living With The Dead: Manila's North Cemetery«7. Philip Cheung »Iraqi Kurdistan«8. William Daniels »Faded Tulips«9. Nicolò Degiorgis »The Hidden Islam«10. Kristian Djurhuus »People of the Park«11. Libor Fojtík »Absurdistan – My Home«12. Ashley Gilbertson »The Great Recession in New York«13. Andrea Gjestvang »Greenland«14. Julie Glassberg »Bike Kill«15. Kirill Golovchenko »The Ukrainian Breakthrough«16. Khaled Hasan »Living Stone: A Community Losing its Life«17. Alessandro Imbriaco »Casilino 900«18. Milan Jaroš »Children With Autism«19. Carl Kiilsgaard »This American Life«20. Edwin Koo »Paradise Lost: Swat Valley Crisis«21. Ikuru Kuwajima »Crimean Cossacks«22. Emiliano Larizza »Haiti Earthquake«23. Erika Larsen »Lavvos and Reindeer«24. Thomas Lekfeldt »A Star in the Sky«25. Jan Lieske »We are Suffering Here – Dead End Rosarno«26. Nikolai Linares »The Road to Defeat«27. Lars Lindqvist »Georgia«28. Andrey Luft »One Minute before Fame«29. Amit Madheshiya »The Nomadic Cinemas of India«30. Chris Maluszynski »New York Society Balls«31. Florian Manz »The last Farmer of Hannover«32. Dmitry Markov »Belated Childhood«33. Tiana Markova-Gold »You Must Not Know 'bout Me...«34. Luiz Maximiano »The Churequeros of Managua«35. Lene Münch »Forever Loyal – A Lifelong Connection«36. Davide Monteleone »Northern Caucasus«37. Arnold Morascher »Circus Roncalli«38. Dominic Nahr »The Road to Nowhere«39. Kai Nedden »Life at Drangar«40. Mads Nissen »Fever, Gold Fever«41. Joanna Nottebrock »Family on Board – Life and Work Aboard a Barge«42. Saiful Huq Omi »Ships and Beyond«43. Ed Ou »Under a Nuclear Cloud«44. Ilana Panich-Linsman »Fifteen«45. Adam Pańczuk »Karczeby«46. Daniel Pilar »Crossing Kabul«47. João Pina »Gangland – Rio de Janeiro's Urban Violence«48. Jacek Pulawski »Quadrantaria in Ticino – Southern Switzerland«49. Espen Rasmussen »Disappearing Moments«50. Andy Spyra »Kashmir«51. Martin Stampe »The Lobstermen’s Apprentice«52. Nicole Strasser »Benidorm – The Lost Paradise«53. Joseph Sywenkyj »Verses: A Family in Odesa, Ukraine«54. Holger Talinski »Peaches 'I Feel Cream' Tour«55. Heinrich Völkel »The Terrible City – Gaza 2009«56. Lucas Wahl »Kathmandu – City of Kings«57. Munem Wasif »Salt Water Tears«58. Gordon Welters »My Belle, Go«59. Lisa Wiltse »Mennonites of Manitoba, Bolivia«60. Antonio Zambardino »The Roadkill Program«

More than 1000 submissions for the FreeLens Award from more than 70 countries have arrived at the festival office. The best 60 works have been selected now and will be exhibited in several pavilions on the expo grounds in June.

The jury was looking for photographic and narrative quality in the selection of works they chose for the festival. Besides that the Lumix Festival aims to show the wide range of topics covered by photojournalism today. „As important as these topics are, we don't want a festival where you walk from exhibition to exhibition exclusively through an endless field of stories about death and suffering. Even as curators we found it tiring and unnecessarily redundant to see the umpteenth slum reportage from the Indian subcontinent”, says Rolf Nobel.

The team of curators: Rolf Nobel (professor of photography at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Hannover and head of the photo festival), Stephanie Bunk (curator of the FreeLens Gallery Hamburg), Bertram Solcher (FreeLens chairman) and Isabel Winarsch (chief organiser of the Lumix Festival). Photo: Joanna Nottebrock

The participants of the festival come from a total of 22 countries. The international presence has even increased since the first Lumix festival. Many of the photographers whose works will be presented are from the US, Denmark, Italy and Russia and only 16 of them live in Germany. Eight of the photographers, whose works have already been part of the Lumix Festival in 2008, have been chosen again: Johan Bävman, Thomas Lekfeldt, Chris Maluszynski, Davide Monteleone, Mads Nissen, Daniel Pilar, Martin Stampe and Gordon Welters.

The best photographic work will receive the Freelens Award with a prize money of 10.000 Euro. The two runner-ups will receive an honourable mention and 1.000 Euro each. The granting of the FreeLens Award will be on Saturday, 19th of June, during the closing party.

Furthermore about 20 multimedia productions, out of the 160 that were submitted, will be on display at the festival. The selection will take place within the next few days and extracts will be shown on our website. 

7th March 2010

Geo supports Lumix Festival for Young Photojournalism

The magazine GEO, famous for its outstanding picture- and text reportages, supports the 2nd Lumix Festival for Young Photojournalism. GEO was already a media supporter at the 1st festival, reporting about the festival on its web page and participating actively in the festival programme. The aim to promote young photojournalism corresponds with GEO's own ambition to support young photojournalists. Therefore, GEO offers internships for Photography students since many years. On the web page “young photography” the magazine presents final year projects of graduands.

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28th February 2010

Entry deadline extended until 5th March

To allow our server a little recreation and to give the forgetful photographers a second chance, we extended the entry deadline until 5th March 11.59 pm (GMT+1, this is Central European Time). By then, the registration and the image upload (for applications for the FreeLens Award) respectively the embedding of the multimedia stories (for applications for the Lumix Multimedia Award) must be completely finalized. The competiton rules and application forms can be found on the »application« page. Good luck.

23rd February 2010

Canon supports the 2nd Lumix Festival

The printer division of Canon Germany and the company office360 from Hannover are sponsoring the 2nd Lumix Festival for Young Photojournalism. They will provide all the paper and colour cartridges for producing the gallery prints. The total value of the material for the about 1.400 prints in gallery quality, which will be printed on the Canon printers iPF5100 and iPF8100, amounts to about 5.000 Euro.

To the website of office360

13th February 2010

Lumix Festival features David Burnett on 16th June

The co-founder of the renowned US photo agency Contact Press Images, David Burnett, can rightly be called an old hand in photojournalism. Throughout the roughly four decades of his photographic career the 63 year-old visited around 70-80 countries, a number he himself cannot confirm officially. If one considers how many topics he has covered as a photojournalist over the years, Burnett can be called a universalist beyond question: Whether sports, country-reportage or portrait – Burnett has done it all, and as if the multitude of photographical genres where not occupying enough, he has been using almost every format the photographic industry has to offer, from 35mm to large format film.

US soldiers on a break, a week after they had invaded the Caribbean island of Grenada (December 1983)

Bob Marley 1976

David Burnett has always pursued his occupation at the highest stage and with great success: He has won several top awards for his work, including USA Press Photographer of the Year, World Press Photo Award and the highly regarded Robert Capa Gold Medal of the Overseas Press Club of America. His lecture starts at 7.30 pm on Wednesday, 16thJune, the opening day of the Lumix Festival and will provide an exciting inside into the past 40 years of photojournalism.

To David Burnett's website

11th February 2010

Three reportages are already in

In order to provide the media on time with samples from the comprehensive exhibition programme, the curators have selected three outstanding works from the submissions received so far. The nomination of the remaining 57 reportages, essays and series will take place after 28th February, 2010. These will be featured in the exhibition and – concurrently – shortlisted for the FreeLens Award for Young Photojournalism which includes a prize money of 10,000 Euros.

The chosen works are:

Johan Bävman's »Albino - In the Shadow of the Sun«, a story about albinos in Tanzania which has already won the Unicef Photo of he Year Award, as well as the second prize at the World Press Photo Awards.

The touching reportage »A Star in the Sky« by the Danish photographer Thomas Lekfeldt, who accompanied a young girl named Vibe who was fighting a cerebral tumor until her death at the age of seven.

The Bangladeshi photographer Khaled Hasan's impressive B/W reportage about stone-breakers in Bangladesh for which he was awarded with the Mark Grosset Price in 2009 alongside Christian Burkert (for »Last Exit Detroit«), a photography graduand from the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Hannover.

27th January 2010

Carolyn Drake comes on 17th June

Before her career as a photographer, the 38-year old American Carolyn Drake studied Media Culture at Brown University in Providence. Afterwards she spent most of her time in front of the computer as a multimedia-producer and designer in Manhattan´s Silicon Alley.

Eventually she had enough of perceiving the world through the internet. She took a time off and traveled through Southeast Asia. She then went on to study Photography at the International Center of Photography in New York and subsequently graduated with a Master of Visual Communication from Ohio University.

From her work »The Last Days of Uighur«, 2007: One of numerous of small community businesses clustered along the main streets of the Old Town in Kashgar which will be demolished as the government tears down this historic district.

After an internship at the renowned magazine National Geographic and a photo-job at the Palm Beach Post she went to Ukraine for a year endowed with a Fulbright scholarship. There she created her highly lauded work about the devastated coal industry. Currently she lives in Istanbul where she has been photographing throughout the Middle East and Central Asia. Carolyn Drake has received numerous awards and accolades, including the World Press Photo Award 2008 in the category »Feature Stories«. She will give her lecture on Thursday, 17th June at 5 pm in the auditorium of the Design-Center.

From her work »The Last Days of Uighur«, 2007: Uighur laborers string electric lines across Taklamakan Desert, part of the Chinese government's effort to develop the west

To Carolyn Drake's website

24th January 2010

Ernesto Bazan is coming on 18th June

Untill a year ago the Italian photographer Ernesto Bazan was mainly known to insiders - although he had already been awarded the W. Eugene Smith Grant, the Grant of Mother Jones Foundation for photojournalism, the World Press Photo Award and the scholarship of the Alicia Patterson Foundation and the Guggenheim Foundation.

But then, at the New York Photo Festival in May 2009 his book »Cuba« was granted the 1st price for the best photobook of the year. This was his ultimate breakthrough. When Ernesto Bazan signed copies of »Cuba« at the photojournalism-festival Visa Pour l´Image in Perpignan, many visitors carried their book home like a precious trophy.

On Friday, 18th June at 5 pm, the 50-year old Italian will present his work in the auditorium of the Design-Center for the first time in Germany.

Ernesto Bazan hails from Palermo. As a 14-year old he got his first camera and started to photograph life in Sicily. Photography became his passion. In 1978 he went to New York where he studied at the School of Visual Arts. There he graduated in 1982.

From 1992 to 2006 Ernesto Bazan lived in Cuba and gave workshops in photography. In the meanwhile he created his exceptional book »Cuba«, a mixture of narrative, surreal, and athmospheric pictures. His photography is based on the roots of journalistic photography, but Bazan's darkish black and white photographs are a crossover between photojournalism and art-photography. With each picture one draws a new conclusion. For friends of photography this is nonetheless inspiring.


To the website of Ernesto Bazan

20th January 2010

Ed Kashi is coming on Saturday, 19th June

Subcontracted workers clean up an oil spill at an abandoned Shell Petroleum Development Company well in Niger Delta. From Ed Kashis Project » Curse of Black Gold «

Ed Kashi. Photo: Uwe H. Martin

The New York photographer Ed Kashi confirmed his participation in the 2nd Lumix Festival for Young Photojournalism. On Saturday, 19thJune 2010 he will talk about his work and show a selection of his photo and multimedia stories in the auditorium starting at 11 am.

During his career the photojournalist Ed Kashi (born in 1957) has worked in more than 60 countries, working numerous assignments for National Geographic, as well as for The New York Times Magazine, Time and Geo. He received countless awards in differents disciplines, among them the World Press Photo Award and prizes for excellent prints and experimental film.

The non-profit multimedia production firm Talking Eyes Media of his wife Julie Winokur is producing with him in collaboration large-scale multimedia projects with a combination of video, audio interviews and photos, often the result of months of work. » This form allows us to tell the stories we want to tell in a more complex and more complete way than what is possible in print. We reach a lot more people and we can give the people themselves a voice. «

Sisters Sadie Janis (89) and Zona Fills the Pipe (91) at a pow wow in Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. In his project » Aging in America «, Ed Kashi shows many realities in the aging US society.

Human stories are the trademark of the photographer-filmmaker couple Ed Kashi and Julie Winokur. Stories that tell about aging in their own society, of castaways of a private health system, and of their own family.

To the website of Ed Kashi

Former Hannover photography student Uwe H. Martin visited Ed Kashi for the FreeLens Magazine #28 and has made abstracts of his article available to us.

Panasonic donates Lumix Multimedia Award for the first time

At the 1st Festival for Young Photojournalism: visitors follow Thomas Hoepker's lecture in a live transmittal,
as the auditorium is packed. Photo: Felix Seuffert

For the first time, Panasonic donates the Lumix Multimedia Award at the 2nd Lumix Festival. The best multimedia production will be awarded with 5,000 euros. Just as for the FreeLens Award the authors must not be older then 35 years and the body of work must be of journalistic nature. A selection of the best entries will be shown during the festival on large screens of our main sponsor Panasonic.

Application form and competition rules Lumix Multimedia Award

2nd Lumix Festival in June 2010

From 16 to 20 June 2010, the 2nd Lumix Festival for Young Photojournalism will take place on the former Expo 2000 area in Hannover.

The organizers - the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Hannover and the photojournalist's organisation FreeLens - don't want to fundamentally change the concept of the festival which had its furious debut in 2008. Solely details shall be improved, e.g. the organizers are planning to use modern communication technology to allow the visitors of lectures to hear the lecturers in German or English language.
Apart from that, again 60 exhibitions of the work of young photojournalists will be shown at the 2nd Lumix Festival. Again photographers from all over the world up to the age of 35 can apply for one of these exhibitions. FreeLens will honor the best works of the festival with the FreeLens Award for Young Photojournalism. The futuristic pavilions on the Expo area will again serve as exhibition locations. And also the lecture program shall not be short of the first one's, with 8 lectures of world class photographers.
For interested groups and school classes there will be guided tours through the exhibitions again.
Since the festival coincides again with a soccer mega-event, this time the World Cup in South Africa, a public viewing will be organized so that the most important games will be transmitted to large-format screens by Panasonic.

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29th August 2009

Photo students in Perpignan

Again this year, the field of study Photography of the University of Applied Sciences and Arts will have an exhibition at the photojournalism festival »Visa pour l´image« in Perpignan in the context of the Off-program. The students present reportages they photographed for the mare special edition »Captain’s Dinner« on four continents last year.

Flyer for this year´s exhibition. Photo: Henning Bode

In addition to the presentation of the own work, the University of Applied Sciences and Arts wants to promote the Lumix Festival for Young Photojournalism in this year. The young-professionals-festival, which had a splendid premiere last year, will take place at the Expo-area from June 16 to June 20, 2010, for the second time. The festival is organized by the University of Applied Sciences and Arts and the photojournalist organization FreeLens.

The exhibition can be visited from August 29 until September 5 in the Salle des Libertés, Rue Edmont Bartisol 3, daily from 10 am to 6 pm. As always, the vernissage takes place on the Tuesday of the festival week (September 1) at 6 pm. The City of Perpignan is organizing a party, guests will be served with food and drinks of the Catalan region.

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Retrospect 2008

You can find news about the last festival in the archive 2008.