The winners this year

Nearly 1,200 submissions from 71 different countries were considered by a well-respected jury. The best 60 reportages from twentythree countries were represented from 18th-22nd June on the former grounds of Expo 2000 in Hanover/Germany in a huge photography show, visited by over 35.000 people.


On Saturday, 21st June the winners of the 4th Lumix festival for young photojournalism were announced. Finish photographer Meeri Koutaniemi (26) received the FREELENS Award, which is endowed with 10,000 euros, for her reportage “Taken”. Daniela Schadt, partner of Germans federal president Joachim Gauck, handed the award to the winner. Koutaniemi documented the cruel tradition of female genital mutilation in Kenya, which is condemned as a violation of human rights, but still carried out in 29 countries. The World Health Organization estimates that there are more than 140 million victims worldwide.

Three honourable mentions, which were endowed with 1,000 euros, went on the one hand to Norwegian photographer Andrea Gjestvang (33) with her portrait series „One Day in History“ about the survivors oft he horrific massacre that took place on the Norwegian island of Utoya, otherwise to Danish Photographer Mads Nissen (34) for his documentary series „Homophobia in Russia“ and to Rahul Talukder (22) from Bangladesh for his pictures of the „Collapse of Rana Plaza“.

For the third time, the Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung (HAZ) awarded the People's Choice Award. The reportage that moves the festival visitors the most was the story “One day in History” by Andrea Gjestvang. She additionally won the prize of 1,000 euros.

Also for the third time, the electronics company Panasonic endowed the Lumix Multimedia Award with a cash prize of 5,000 euros for the best multimedia production. Twenty of the nearly 200 multimedia projects submitted by young photojournalists from 37 different countries were considered for the competition and were shown at the festival.

The Lammerhuber Photography Award was awarded to the reportage that tells a story from everyday life in the most impressive way. The prize, which is endowed with 5,000 euros, went to German photographer Fara Phoebe Zetzsche (29) for her reportage “Stray Kids” about young people living on Berlins streets.

Patrick Slesiona (22) from Germany with his reportage “Two Sides – To Live with the Unforgivable Crime” as well as American Christopher Capoziello (34) with his reportage “A State of Mind” were voted for the best multimedia reportages.

Two honourable mentions went on the one hand to photographer Berta Tilmantaite for her story "Oleg - The hunter" about Oleg Timofejewitsch Odnolko and otherwise to Yeong-Ung Yang for "Endless Bus Trip".


01. Mustafah Abdulaziz »Water«

In his striking photos, Mustafah Abdulaziz shows the problems associated with water shortages and the resulting lack of hygiene. For his story Abdulaziz travelled throughout Ethiopia, Somalia and Pakistan.

Exhibition venue A / Design Center Hochschule Hanover

02. Francesco Anselmi »Xenios Zeus«

Francesco Anselmi documents the catastrophic social consequences the financial crisis has had on Greece. Among other things, this project shows Xenios Zeus (the god of acceptance) – a police unit charged with the task of expelling all non-Greeks from the country.

Exhibition venue H / Richard Kühn House

03. Arnau Bach »Suburbia«

'Suburbia' provides a sophisticated look at the problems associated with suburbs in France. Inspired by the wave of public unrest in 2005 that won so much media attention, Arnau Bach has spent several years investigating the structures of Département 93, one of the largest suburbs of Paris.

Exhibition venue A / Design Center Hochschule Hanover

04. Lasse Bak Mejlvang »A Place They Call Home«

Over the past few years, the Danish government's treatment of mentally ill asylum seekers has been the target of intense criticism. Lasse Bak Mejlvang accompanied 16-year-old Remzi Baftijari, who suffers from depression and hallucinations, throughout Baftijari's forced return to Kosovo, where the drugs he needs are not available.

Exhibition venue E / Gärten im Wandel (Gardens in Transition)

05. Franz Bischof »Kiruna«

Kiruna, Sweden's northernmost city, has less than 20,000 inhabitants. The world's largest underground iron-ore mine provides the town with its living. One day, the mine will be closed. Franz Bischof, a photographer from Hannover, documents Kiruna's situation, caught between demolition and reconstruction.

Exhibition venue B / CampMedia

06. Arnau Blanch Vilageliu »Veneno«

In 'Veneno', Arnau Blanch Vilageliu depicts the Colombian jungle in artistic black-and-white photos. He captures instants, encounters and above all, secret worlds.

Exhibition venue C / SkyWalk South

07. Henning Bode »Die Kinder des King-Cotton«

For three months, Henning Bode travelled through one of the USA's poorest areas – the Mississippi Delta. The media has romanticized this region as the cradle of the blues, but that has little to do with everyday life there. This photoessay focuses on ordinary people and their stories.

Exhibition venue F / BMW Center

08. Albert Bonsfills »Lina and Mengchun«

Lina went blind when she was only ten years old. Mengchun was born with albinism, an extremely rare disease in China, an is also vision-impaired. Albert Bonsfills tells the story of the remarkable friendship between these two women, who met in Beijing and now spend every minute of the day together.

Exhibition venue A / Design Center Hochschule Hanover

09. Antoine Bruy »Les Maquis (Scrublands)«

Imagine life without the regular ticking of a clock, but in rhythm with the seasons, the moon and nature. In his quiet, reserved photos, Antoine Bruy shows people in Europe who have decided to lead another kind of life beyond the society of achievement.

Exhibition venue C / SkyWalk South

10. Oscar B. Castillo »Our War, Our Pain«

 

In 'Our War, Our Pain', Venezuelan photographer Oscar B. Castillo reports on the increasing violence in his home country. According to government statistics, in 2012 alone there were 16,000 murders. The unofficial number is unknown.

Exhibition venue C / SkyWalk South

11. Alejandro Chaskielberg »La Creciente«

Alejandro Chaskielberg's colourful, large-format images show the isolated inhabitants of the islands in Buenos Aires' Paraná Delta and their everyday lives. In 2011, Chaskielberg won the L'Iris d'Or Photographer of the Year Award; in 2009, he was distinguished with the Magnum Emerging Photographer Fund Scholarship.

Exhibition venue E / Gärten im Wandel (Gardens in Transition)

12. Philip Cheung »Desert Dreams: United Arab Emirates«

What happens when 85% of the population of an oil-rich country comprises expatriates who constantly come and go? Philip Cheung has created emotional, precise images in light, nearly pastel colours to document contrasts and change in the United Arab Emirates.

Exhibition venue H / Richard Kühn House

13. Colin Delfosse »Dancing Ashes«

On 20 November 2012, the rebel group known as M23 took over the city of Goma in North Kivu. Colin Delfosse, who is exhibiting at the Lumix Festival for the third time, examines the ongoing conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Exhibition venue C / SkyWalk South

14. Hossein Fatemi »An Iranian Journey«

'An Iranian Journey' takes an authentic look at Iranian society beyond the hackneyed images of burka-clad women or demonstrators burning flags. Photographer Hossein Fatemi, who comes from Iran, has won several prizes for his work, including the Unicef Photo of the Year Award.

Exhibition venue C / SkyWalk South

15. Fabian Fiechter »Gold Diver«

The Philippines are rich in natural resources. At the same time, its people are impoverished. The vague hope of a large gold find has led 20% of the population of the village to work in illegal gold mining. Equipped with primitive homemade tools, they often risk their lives.

Exhibition venue A / Design Center Hochschule Hanover

16. Kris Finn »Welcome to Williston – Letzte Hoffnung Ölboom«

The small North Dakota town of Williston is the currently the centre of an oil boom, for part of the Bakken Oil Field covers this territory. Kris Finn sensitively tells the stories of those whose faith in the American Dream has led them to move there, hoping to make their fortunes.

Exhibition venue A / Design Center Hochschule Hanover

17. Andrea Gjestvang »One Day in History«

With her up-front portraits of survivors, Andrea Gjestvang reminds us of the horrific massacre that took place on the Norwegian island of Utøya and shocked the world three years ago. This work won Gjestvang the L'Iris d'Or Photographer of the Year Award in 2013.

Exhibition venue E / Gärten im Wandel (Gardens in Transition)

18. Julien Goldstein »Kurdistan: People with no rights, but anger«

'Kurdistan: people with no rights, but anger' captures in quiet images both the land and culture of the Kurds, as well as their struggle for recognition and their own identity. These photos have already been exhibited at Visa pour l'Image in Perpignan in 2012.

Exhibition venue E / Gärten im Wandel (Gardens in Transition)

19. Insa Cathérine Hagemann »Transition - Tanz des Lebens«

When dance is your whole life, how does it feel when a 20-year career as ballerina comes to an end? Forty-year-old Karine Seneca ends her career with the Hannover National Opera and looks towards an uncertain future. This project depicts an abrupt ending in the middle of a life.

Exhibition venue C / SkyWalk South

20. Marie Hald »Bonnie«

When she was 18 years old, Bonnie took up sex work. Her two children know how she makes her living, as do the congregation and the village where she lives. Bonnie's life consists only of the wish to provide a better future for her own children. Marie Hald has already won gold in the College Photographer of the Year competition and second prize in the category Observed Portraits in the World Press Photo Awards.

Exhibition venue A / Design Center Hochschule Hanover

21. Casper Hedberg »Buzkashi«

Buzkashi is the national sport of Afghanistan. Men mounted on horseback fight over a dead calf or lamb. Casper Hedberg's photos show the avid fans of this sport, its sweat and speed. One game can earn an Afghan player enough money to live on for an entire year.

Exhibition venue E / Gärten im Wandel (Gardens in Transition)

22. Abdollah Heidari »I want my face«

Poorly maintained heating systems make fire a recurring problem in Iranian schools. Abdollah Heidari shows us the victims of a fire at the village school in the town of Shin Abad. In these black-and-white photos, Heidari depicts the children's rage, their depression and above all their desire to get their faces back.

Exhibition venue A / Design Center Hochschule Hanover

23. Magnus Holm »Detroit«

Detroit's golden age has long since passed. Today the city, which sees an average of one murder a day, is considered the most dangerous city in the USA. Despair is a familiar feeling here. In this long-term project, Magnus Holm portrays the lives of the homeless who subsist in the otherwise unused buildings from the time of the automotive boom.

Exhibition venue E / Gärten im Wandel (Gardens in Transition)

24. Nick Jaussi »The maricas of Santa Fe«

Nick Jaussi has photographed several transvestites in the Santa Fe red-light district in Bogotá, Colombia. They live together in a shared house. Many of them earn their living by means of prostitution. They call themselves Maricas, which is actually a derogatory term for homosexuals.

Exhibition venue A / Design Center Hochschule Hanover

25. Philipp Jeske »Russlands neue Verteidiger«

The Tomsk Border Guard is a summer camp near the eponymous Siberian city where 150 children come together every year. They are trained in many disciplines: true Russians must be not only physically fit, but also know and honour the traditions of their country. It is even possible to be baptized at this camp.

Exhibition venue C / SkyWalk South

26. Birte Kaufmann »The Travellers«

Travellers comprise Ireland's largest minority group. The traditions and lifestyle of these nomadic migrant workers have found little acceptance in society. Many Traveller families live illegally on the side of the road, often without electricity or running water. As a group, the Travellers are searching for a new identity.

Exhibition venue F / BMW Center

27. Felix Kleymann »Pacificação«

In his reportage 'Pacificaçao', Felix Kleymann examines the effects of the Pacification program in Rio de Janeiro. His black-and-white photos depict the struggle against organized crime, drug smuggling and corruption, but also show the juxtaposition of the extravagant lifestyles enjoyed in districts such as Copacabana and Ipanema.

Exhibition venue E / Gärten im Wandel (Gardens in Transition)

28. Meeri Koutaniemi »Taken«

The World Health Organization estimates that there are more than 140 million victims of female genital mutilation around the world. This cruel tradition is carried out in 29 different countries, primarily in Africa and the Middle East. The painful procedure, which usually takes place under unhygienic conditions, is now condemned as a violation of human rights.

Exhibition venue G / Czech Pavilion

29. Sara Lewkowicz »Maggie«

The project 'Maggie' takes an unflinching look at domestic violence as a process – how abuse can take over a relationship and ultimately reach a climax. Sara Lewkowicz also shows the long-term effects of domestic violence on the victims, their families and even the perpetrators.

Exhibition venue A / Design Center Hochschule Hanover

30. Konrad Lippert »They Call It Trouble«

Fifteen years after the Good Friday Agreement, an atmosphere of distrust, hatred, violence and fear prevails in the lives of the inhabitants of Belfast's Interface Areas – Protestant and Catholic residential areas separated by walls.

Exhibition venue C / SkyWalk South

31. Andrew Lubimov »Football Hooligans. The taste of defeat«

In der Arbeit „Footbal hooligans. The taste of defeat“ geht es um eine ukrainische Jugendbewegung, die sich an der englischen Fankultur orientiert. Der Hass zwischen zwei verfeindeten Gruppen wird in einer Zusammenkunft von Fußball-Hooligans, sogenannter „Mafia“, ausgetragen. Dabei treten die ursprünglich ideologischen Aspekte immer mehr in den Hintergrund.

Exhibition venue A / Design Center Hochschule Hanover

32. Sandro Maddalena »The road of revolution«

Kiev in February: the conflicts on Majdan (Independence) Square have reached a climax, and dozens of people have lost their lives. 'The road of revolution' depicts those who fought for the revolution: autonomous rebels, paramilitaries and priests.

Exhibition venue C / SkyWalk South

33. Mads Nissen »Homophobia in Russia«

In June 2013, Russia's homophobia went from the street into the law books: it is no longer possible to organize Gay Pride demonstrations, defend the rights of homosexuals or to claim that homosexual relationships are equal to heterosexual ones.

Exhibition venue C / SkyWalk South

34. Michele Palazzi »Black Gold Hotel«

'Black Gold Hotel' is a journey through Mongolia. It shows families in the Gobi desert who follow their traditions in the face of difficulty, children who find food and shelter in their garbage-dump home and people who have given up the nomadic way of life to try their luck in the city, but who remain caught between two worlds.

Exhibition venue C / SkyWalk South

35. Ilana Panich-Linsman »The Tree and the Apple«

Emily Dextraze comes from Westfield, Massachusetts, a small town in the west of New England. Although she is only eleven years old, she is a regular participant in beauty pageants. Modest estimates reveal that more than 2.5 million little American girls are part of this industry.

Exhibition venue C / SkyWalk South

36. Alessandro Penso »YOUTH DENIED: Youth migrants in Greece«

For immigrants from the Middle East and Central Asia, Greece is the gateway to Europe. But increasing control, and often enough violence, end the path for most who make it that far. Thousands of these immigrants live in abandoned factories surrounding the harbour of Patras or in the old railway station in the centre of Corinth.

Exhibition venue C / SkyWalk South

37. Valentina Piccinni »The fighters of Ukrainian revolution«

Thousands of ordinary people from all areas of Ukraine have become fighters for the Majdan (Independence) Square revolution in Kiev. They come from all social classes: students, workers, businesspeople, former soldiers and bodyguards. These brave people are all willing to die for the freedom of their country.

Exhibition venue H / Richard Kühn House

38. Giulio Piscitelli »From there to here«

Since 2010, Guilt Pistcuili has been following immigrants to Italy back to their places of origin in the Maghreb. This project shows the illegal arrivals and the detention centres which not only change the lives of the young immigrants forever, but are also changing Italian society and the European Union itself.

Exhibition venue E / Gärten im Wandel (Gardens in Transition)

39. Jordi Pizarro »The Believers Project«

As part of an ongoing long-term investigation, 'The believers project' is examining religious communities in ten countries on four different continents. Jordi Pizzaro documents how communities are formed or broken up by religion, and how the transmission of tradition consolidates faith.

Exhibition venue A / Design Center Hochschule Hanover

40. Sergey Ponomarev »Syria. War and Peace.«

The population of Damascus has grown accustomed to war and its associated background noises; only pigeons fly away when something suddenly explodes. The Old Town is lively and smells of spices. But the suburbs are occupied by rebels and have become a stronghold of the uprising.

Exhibition venue E / Gärten im Wandel (Gardens in Transition)

41. Laerke Posselt »Beautiful Child«

Children's beauty pageants are becoming more and more popular in the USA. But they have also opened the way for discussions whether the competitions sexualize children and could have a negative impact on young girls' self-esteem. This project shows how daily life looks for Sophia and Evie (both 2), lived as it is between the playpen and the catwalk.

Exhibition venue D / Planet MID

42. Pavel Prokopchik »Apashka«

Apashka is the Kazakh word for grandmother. That is what people call Bifatima Dauletova, a shaman from the south of Kazakhstan. She is a respected healer of the old Dervish tradition. Many people travel hundreds of kilometres to have Apashka solve their problems for them.

Exhibition venue G / Czech Pavilion

43. Ryan Spencer Reed »Despite Similarities to Reality, This is a Work of Fiction«

Ryan Spencer Reed accompanied the modern incarnation of the 'Band of Brothers', the Fourth Brigade Combat Team of the 101st Airborne Division, for more than a year during their training and deployment in Afghanistan. This spring, the Fourth Brigade will be deactivated.

Exhibition venue C / SkyWalk South

44. Emanuele Satolli »Krokodil: The World’s Deadliest Drug«

Krokodil is a drug made of highly toxic chemicals. It has horrific effects on human organs. Krokodil users have a life expectancy of about three years. In the suburbs of Yekaterinburg, Krokodil is commonly used as an alternative to heroin.

Exhibition venue A / Design Center Hochschule Hanover


45. Charlotte Schmitz »Yo soy lo que soy – I am who I am (Ich bin wer ich bin)«

Southern Ecuador is home to about 100 of the world's 300 people with dwarfism related to Laron syndrome. In the 1990s, they declared themselves willing test subjects for hormone therapy, hoping to grow. An expensive drug was developed. However, the medicine never made it to the Ecuadorian countryside.

Exhibition venue H / Richard Kühn House


46. Julius Schrank »New Burma's Shadows«

Julius Schrank is currently concentrating on the changes underway in Myanmar – a country in Southeast Asia that is opening up to tourism and foreign media after more than 40 years of military dictatorship. However, violent conflicts still arise again and again. A new wave of violence broke out in 2012, resulting in more than 7,000 razed buildings and 100,000 refugees.

Exhibition venue E / Gärten im Wandel (Gardens in Transition)


47. Chi Yin Sim »Dying to Breathe«

Ten years ago, Mr. He was diagnosed with silicosis. This incurable disease is caused by constant inhalation of quartz dust in mines; the operators of privately-owned mines want to save on the costs of medical examinations and protective masks. Mr. He, a former mine worker, is one of 200 afflicted miners in his village. He has survived the doctors' prognoses, a suicide attempt and even tuberculosis. It is his love for his wife that enables him to hold on.

Exhibition venue A / Design Center Hochschule Hanover


48. Jeremie Souteyrat »Fukushima, sacrified land«

After the nuclear accident in Fukushima, many former residents still live in temporary quarters. They still hope to be able to return to their homes one day. Japan's government has invested 13 billion dollars in decontamination measures for the restricted area. Most of the decontamination workers are poorly qualified workers and homeless people.

Exhibition venue E / Gärten im Wandel (Gardens in Transition)


49. Rahul Talukder »COLLAPSE OF RANA PLAZA «

In April 2013, the Rana Plaza textile factory in Bangladesh collapsed. More than 1,000 people were buried in the rubble, and about 2,500 were injured. The building had been designed for office spaces, and the weight and vibration of the heavy machinery led to cracks in the walls. Despite official warnings to management, workers were forced to continue working in the building.

Exhibition venue C / SkyWalk South


50. Maria Turchenkova »Hidden War in the Caucasus«

Over the last ten years, the Russian Republic of Dagestan, located in the North Caucasus, has become the scene of conflict among several Islamic groups. The Russian government is fighting hard against the uprisings, but shootings, bombings and abductions are increasingly becoming part of everyday life.

Exhibition venue E / Gärten im Wandel (Gardens in Transition)


51. Rebecka Uhlin »The Marriage«

Rebecka Uhlin's grandparents have been married for 56 years. Uhlin's photos show this couple as a stable unit comprising two individuals who not only complete each other perfectly, but have found their respective roles. While Uhlin was working on this project, her father died – she takes this as a sign that sooner or later, everyone must stand alone..

Exhibition venue G / Czech Pavilion


52. Iveta Vaivode »Somewhere on a disappearing path«

Photographer Iveta Vaivode knew her own mother and grandmother only from photos in old family albums. This is why she made her way to the remote eastern Latvian town of Pilcene, where the two women were born. On her travels, she got to know a new homeland and create her own family history.

Exhibition venue F / BMW Center


53. Sébastien Van Malleghem »PRISON«

53. Sébastien Van Malleghem »PRISON« Belgian photographer Sébastien van Malleghem gives us a look at the structures that exist in prisons. He questions the penal system and its associated cycle of poverty, violence, corruption, abuse of power, aggression, fear and failure.

Exhibition venue E / Gärten im Wandel (Gardens in Transition)


54. Aaron Vincent Elkaim »Sleeping with the Devil«

In his moving photos, Aaron Vincent Elkaim examines the effects that the modern world – and above all, the discovery of oil reserves – have had on the indigenous people of Fort McKay in Canada's Athabasca region. These people are trying desperately to preserve their traditions, culture and beliefs.

Exhibition venue C / SkyWalk South


55. Daniele Volpe »Guatemala Genocide«

In 1996, the Guatemalan civil war was officially declared to be over. Over the course of 36 years of war, about 200,000 people died. Many others are still searching for family members who died while fleeing the army or succumbed to starvation in the jungle. Exhumations are now a common occurrence as people try to find and identify their missing loved ones.

Exhibition venue A / Design Center Hochschule Hanover


56. Lucas Wahl »Mekong Source to Sea«

This project records the attempt to portray the Mekong River, mother of all waters. On his travels, Lucas Wahl encountered a river that changes both itself and, as a consequence, the people along its banks, all the way from the Tibetan highlands, across China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam, where it flows into the sea.

Exhibition venue A / Design Center Hochschule Hanover


57. Mario Wezel »One in eight hundred«

In Denmark, more than 90% of expecting parents decide to undergo an abortion when they find out that their child might be born with Down syndrome. In these lively photos, Mario Wezel shows us intimate photos of the life of Emmy, a five-year-old girl whose prenatal test showed a 1-in-800 chance that she would have the syndrome.

Exhibition venue E / Gärten im Wandel (Gardens in Transition)


58. Jonas Wresch »Potosi's kleine Wächter«

Silver has been mined in Potosi, a city in southern Bolivia, since the middle of the 16th century. This made it one of the richest cities in the world. Today, the reserves have been largely exhausted; only the façades in the Old Town bear witness to the area's former wealth. Jonas Wresh portrays the lives of the families who live on what was formerly known as the 'rich mountain'.

Exhibition venue C / SkyWalk South


59. Adrian Wykrota »Modern Polish Wedding«

Adrian Wykrota shows us how dramatically wedding culture has changed in the devoutly Catholic country of Poland. Along with familiar traditions, such as the suckling pig and celebrating in old buildings, new customs – exuberant parties, fancy pyrotechnics and silly games – have been introduced.

Exhibition venue F / BMW Center


60. Fara Phoebe Zetzsche »Stray Kids«

Conflict with parents is driving more and more young people to run away from home and live on the street. They come to Berlin to seek their fortunes in the anonymity of the big city. For Paula, Kevin, Nico and Ole, life here is a struggle for survival. But they have their freedom.

Exhibition venue C / SkyWalk South


All 60 exhibitions