Open for entries: Carmignac Photojournalism Award

07 August 2018


Closes: 12am (GMT) on 7th of October 2018.

In 2009, Fondation Carmignac established the Carmignac Photojournalism Award, with the aim of funding the annual production of an investigative photo reportage on human rights violations in the world. Selected by an international jury, the winner receives an endowment of 50,000 euros, enabling them to carry out an in-depth reportage on the ground, with the logistical support of Fondation Carmignac. On their return, they present a travelling exhibition and the publication of a monograph. 

Subjects of previous recipient projects: Gaza (Kai Wiedenhöfer), Pashtunistan (Massimo Berruti), Zimbabwe (Robin Hammond), Chechnya (Davide Monteleone), Iran (Newsha Tavakolian), Guyana (Christophe Gin), Libya (Narciso Contreras), Nepal (Lizzie Sadin) and Yuri Kozyrev and Kadir van Lohuizen (The Arctic).

This year, the 10th edition of the Carmignac Photojournalism Award is dedicated to the Amazon. It aims to support an investigative photography project that will highlight the upheavals to the Amazon rainforest and encourage reflection of the consequences of massive deforestation.

The Amazon is a vast region covering the territory of nine nations: Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana. The region has a surface area of 5,500,000 km² and is crossed by the Amazon river, the second longest river in the world and the largest by discharge volume of water. The Amazon alone accounts for half of the remainin tropical forests on the planet. It is home to 70% of the world’s biodiversity and to one in ten of the world’s species.

This territory is home to 30 million people, including 350 indigenous groups, most of whom live in their natural habitats, but the development of economic activities in the region mean that this ecosystem is under more threat than ever before.

Since 1999 at least 2,200 new species have been discovered in the Amazon biome, but with 17% of the Amazon’s surface area already destroyed, the rainforest is increasingly vulnerable. Responsibility for the degradation and destruction of this fragile natural environment lies with climate change, but also human activity. The consequences are multiple and both local and global: greenhouse gas emissions, destruction of biodiversity, hydrological alterations and even soil erosion.

The jury of the 10th Edition of the Award will meet on November 2018 in Paris.


Yolanda Kakabadse - Minister of the Environment in Ecuador (1998-2000) and President of WWF (2010-2017)

Simon Baker - Director of the Maison Européenne de la Photographie (MEP)

Clinton Cargill - Photography Director of Bloomberg Businessweek

Alessia Glaviano - Photography Director of Vogue Italia and L’Uomo Vogue

Magdalena Herrera - Photography Director of Geo Magazine

Yuri Kozyrev - Photojournalist

Kadir van Lohuizen - Photojournalist


Dimitri Beck - Photography Director of Polka

Emma Bowkett - Photography Director of the Financial Times

Nicolas Jimenez - Photography Director of Le Monde

Examples of previous projects:

2017 – 9th Edition. Theme: The Arctic

The 9th edition of the Carmignac Photojournalism Award was awarded to Yuri Kozyrev and Kadir Van Lohuizen. Their double polar expedition project, Arctic: New Frontier, focuses on the consequences of the melting of the sea ice for the planet, and the medium-term prospect of its total disappearance.

From April 2018, the award-winning photojournalists have 6 months and a one-off endowment of €100,000 to carry out their investigative project with the support of Fondation Carmignac and its partners.

“The melting of the polar sea ice is in the process of changing the map of the world for ever. In visiting all the affected regions and countries in one expedition and by showing how the different parties — starting with Russia and the US — are working on conquering the North Pole, we will reveal how the impact of climate change in the Arctic is of global significance for the rest of the world.” Yuri Kozyrev & Kadir Van Lohuizen

Yuri Kozyrev will travel towards the East and Kadir Van Lohuizen will head West. Each of them will travel halfway across the Arctic Circle to meet in September in the Bering Strait.

From Russia to Norway, Greenland, Canada and Alaska (US), the two laureates will, in their respective areas of research, explore key issues affecting the Arctic - the opening of new trade routes, the militarisation of borders, the search for mineral resources, polar tourism, etc. – and their impact on our daily lives. For the first time in its history the Carmignac Photojournalism Award has been awarded to two photojournalists.

2016 – 8th Edition. Theme: Slavery and Trafficking of Women

The 8th Carmignac Photojournalism Award was awarded to French photographer Lizzie Sadin, for her project on trafficking of women and girls in Nepal.

Following a call for applications in July 2016, the jury, chose to give a voice to Nepalese women by selecting Lizzie Sadin’s project. After three months of reporting in the field between February and May 2017, the photojournalist brought back a deeply moving testimony on gender-based human trafficking, which is deeply rooted it is in Nepalese society.

In 2015, an earthquake of 7.8 on the Richter scale shook Nepal, killing 9,000 and causing 6,500 people to be displaced. In its wake the country, which was struggling to recover from this disaster, also had to confront an emerging new phenomenon - human trafficking. 20,000 young girls are exploited in the sex industry of Kathmandu and more than 300,000 of them emigrate in order to take up “employment” as domestic workers.

After three months of reporting for the Carmignac Photojournalism Award, from February to May 2017, Lizzie Sadin released a poignant account of the women and young girls tricked by their agents, “friends” or even family members who exploits their hope of a better life, or who are simply handed over by their loved ones for money. She said: “I have met many women, victims of internal trafficking in Kathmandu. I went to the Pokhara region and the border with India to meet women who had come back from the hell of women being trafficked in the Gulf countries, the Middle East countries and Malaysia. Exploited, abused, mistreated, raped... They were all deceived and fell into the trap.”

Enter here: 

Picture copyright: Lizzie Sadin for the Fondation Carmignac. Rita, 17 years old, Chabahil, nothern district of Kathmandu, April 2017. It was a female ‘friend’ from her village who suggested that she leave for India, with promises of money and jewels. Once Rita had arrived there, the ‘friend’ disappeared, and Rita was immediately taken to a brothel. She did not understand what was happening to her. She was told ‘you are going to work’, but to start with was not told what that work would be. When she understood, she refused, but was immediately locked up for a week without food, just enough in order to survive. She was told, ‘Put make-up and these clothes on…. Who is going to feed you if you don’t work?’ She had no way of escaping and was obliged to prostitute herself. The clients were violent and beat her up. She was freed in a police raid, and the Shakti Samuha organisation brought her back to Nepal.