Call for candidates


Deadline for Submission of Proposals:
Sunday 15th October 2017 at 12am (GMT)


In 2009, Fondation Carmignac established the Carmignac Photojournalism Award with the aim of funding and promoting an investigative photo report on human rights violations each year. The winner receives a €50,000 grant to produce an in-depth, in-the-field photo essay. After it has been completed, the Fondation provides further support, financing a monograph on the investigation and working with the photographer to develop and stage an international touring exhibition.


The 9th edition of the Carmignac Photojournalism Award is dedicated to threats to the Arctic. 


The Arctic is a region surrounding the North Pole, within and on the outskirts of the Arctic polar circle. The area is commonly delineated by the ’10 degrees Celsius isotherm’, defining territories where the average temperature of the hottest month does not exceed 10 degrees Celsius. It is made up of 6 countries: Canada, the United States, Greenland (Denmark), Russia, Norway and Iceland. 

At the heart of the Cold War, the Arctic region was as a hot point for international interests, but since 1990, the region has largely disappeared from these debates. From the middle of the 2000s, it has attracted attention for three principle reasons: the disappearance of the sea ice, the growing need for hydrocarbons, and the prospect of new maritime routes.

Since 1979, the sea ice has decreased in volume by 50%. The pollution and the medium-term prospect of its total disappearance in the summer months may be devastating for environmental equilibrium and Indigenous peoples, but it also provides opportunities by creating new maritime routes for commercial traffic, and opens up possibilities for the exploitation of natural resources. Beyond the fascination and curiosity surrounding the Poles due to their remoteness and the extreme conditions that reign there, global warming has put a sharp focus on these areas as strategic battlegrounds in the clash between the competing interests of countries and multinationals s as they face one of the biggest challenges in the history of mankind.  

This edition will support an investigative photojournalism project that will shine a light on these competing interests, and highlight what the consequences of climate change will have on the region.

*Note: Photojournalist candidates can apply alone or in teams with and/or a journalist, a climatologist, a researcher, a sociologist, etc. The produced project remains a photographic investigation.


Jean Jouzel, President of the 9th Edition of the Carmignac Photojournalism Award


Members of the jury include:

  • Chair: Jean Jouzel, climatologist, received the Vetlesen Prize in 2010 for his research on the ice of the Antarctic and Greenland, and was from 2002 until 2015, vice President of the Group of intergovernmental experts on climate change, the GIEC joint-winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 for his work raising awareness of the climate emergency.
  • David Barber, specialist in Arctic climate change, and Chief Scientist of the expedition on Canadian icebreaker and Arctic research vessel CCGS Amundsen
  • Emma Bowkett, Director of Photography, Financial Times Weekend Magazine 
  • Pascal Beausse, Director of the photography collection, Centre national des arts plastiques (CNAP)
  • Nicolas Jimenez, Director of Photography, Le Monde
  • Sarah Leen, Director of Photography, National Geographic Magazine
  • the laureate of the 8th Edition of the Carmignac Photojournalism Award 


The Carmignac Photjournalism Award has the pleasure of welcoming back Thierry Grillet, Chief Curator, Bibliothèque nationale de France (BNF), as artistic consultant for the third consecutive year.


Deadline for Submission of Proposals:
Sunday 15th October 2017 at 12am (GMT)




The winner is selected in two stages:

Stage One - the Pre-selection Jury: consisting of experts in photography, the Media and the art world, the members of the pre-selection Jury have the task of selecting 12 to 15 submissions from those received.

Stage Two - the Jury: consisting of leading experts in the region, armed conflict and contemporary visual media, the Jury's task is to select a winning project.

Following the selection, the Jury will meet the winning photographer to hear their thoughts and provide, where necessary, the support they will need throughout their project - from preparations for the assignment to the accompanying exhibition of their work.




The application must include:

  • A comprehensive document outlining proposed project
  • 8 to 15 captioned photographs from a single series or news story, which can (but does not have to) be connected with the theme
  • A portfolio of 10 captioned photographs providing a representative sample of the photographer's work
  • A full Curriculum Vitae (age, contact details, training/education, previous reports, publications, exhibitions)