The Carmignac photojournalism Award, 6 years of commitment to freedom of expression

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.


In keeping with the values of courage, independence, openness and sharing which motivate its personnel, Carmignac has committed to champion the personal view which is, for this reason, essential.


The process


The Fondation Carmignac selects a region where conflicts have consequences for the planet, or forgotten territories that are chosen to allow the unique nature of the photographer's work to be appreciated.


An invitation to apply appears online from June to October. There must be two components to the work submitted: a series of images and portfolio - with or without reference to the subject - selected by the photographer and a reportage project from the nominated region. A panel of judges meets to decide on the laureate.


Each year, a panel of independent judges is made up of notable personalities from the world of photography, journalists who are specialists or familiar with the region, photographers, the previous year's winner, picture editors and directors and curators of museums and international institutions.


A monograph of the reportage with previously unpublished texts by different authors, academics, journalists, authors and regional specialists. Maps and documents provide an informative element that adds to the images, captions and texts.

Exhibition in Paris and abroad

The Fondation Carmignac supports an exhibition in prestigious locations in Paris, such as the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris and the Chapelle de l'Ecole supérieure des beaux-arts de Paris as well as in other European capitals.