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Lumix - A journey around the world in pictures

June 19, 2008

The first international Lumix Festival for Young Photojournalism takes place in Hannover from 18th – 22nd June 2008. 60 talented young photojournalists from around the world show a total of almost 1,400 pictures in seven pavilions at the former world exhibition EXPO 2000 in Hannover.

Lumix is organised by the University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Hannover and the German organisation of photojournalists FreeLens. Besides professional visitors, the organisers expect thousands of amateur photographers who will get to see a collection of exceptional quality photos that have never been here before.

The picture series broaches issues of war and daily life, the difficulties of growing up, the melancholia of old age and different cultures. The selection is a mix of the sad and dramatic, the ironical and cheerful, and the reflective. Many of the selected young photographers have already received important awards during their early career. Among the exhibitors are eight former students of the University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Hannover. The Photography course of the University is one of the most distinguished international training schools in photojournalism.

Over five days, Lumix showcases 60 exhibitions of young photo journalists from 21 countries in seven pavilions of the former world exhibition area in Hannover. The exhibitions are integrated into an attractive programme with portfolio-reviews, lectures, panel-discussions and a technique showroom. The festival will present a platform for discussions, a picture show and a talent forum – for professional picture editors, an interested expert audience and photo amateurs – all at once. A total of 437 young photographers and photo students sent in their reportages, essays and series for the exhibition programme. Amongst the most unique exhibition locations is the skywalk of the German Fair Cooperation, where almost 600 photos hang in the approximately 450 metre long pedestrian tube made of glass.

The highlight of each festival day will be the evening lectures by internationally renowned photographers, including Magnum photographers Thomas Höpker, Steve McCurry and Thomas Dworzak. Other celebrated international photographers at the event are the English photographer Vanessa Winship, who recently received the Sony Award in Cannes, the Czech photographer and winner of the World Press Photo Award Antonin Kratochvil and the German photographers Kai Wiedenhöfer and Heidi and Hans-Jürgen Koch. American Brian Storm will hold a lecture on his multimedia visions for the internet on Saturday, 21st June. Storm’s company Mediastorm is amongst the world’s leading multimedia producers using photography.

The festival concludes on Saturday, 22nd June with the festival party and the presentation of the FreeLens Award for Young Photojournalism. The award carries a 5,000 euro prize for the most impressive work of all the exhibitions. The jury for the award has the director of photography of Germany’s GEO magazine Ruth Eichhorn, MAGNUM photographer Thomas Höpker, the CEO of FreeLens Lutz Fischmann, Peter Bitzer, the CEO of the German photo agency laif and the Director of Education of the Danmark Journalisthöjskole, Søren Pagter. The winner also gets the 30 cm high bronze trophy designed by Lene Münch – a figure of a young photographer wearing a baseball cap. In addition, two photographers will be given an Honourable Mention, each receiving 1,000 euros.

The Panasonic Audience Award


Panasonic, the main sponsor of the festival, donates the Panasonic Audience Award for young photojournalists. Each visitor of the festival will receive a voting card to vote for his or her favourite story. The story most voted for by the audience will be announced winner of the Panasonic Audience Award at the closing-party and will receive a 3,000 euro voucher. The winner of a draw amongst all voters will get a Lumix bridge camera DMC-FZ18EG.



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