Call for candidates

The 6th Carmignac Gestion Photojournalism Award | Theme LAWLESS AREAS IN FRANCE

The Carmignac Foundation launched the Carmignac Gestion Photojournalism Award in 2009 with the aim of supporting and promoting investigative photography in areas not in the spotlight yet at the heart of complex geostrategic conflict with global repercussions and where human rights and freedom of speech are often violated.

With a prize set at 50,000 Euros, this award aims to fund in-depth photographic report that reflects the complexity of the current situation. The Carmignac Foundation undertakes to support the winner throughout the project by monitoring his/her progress in the field as well as promoting and running a touring exhibition in France, Italy, Germany and the UK and financing a monograph. The Carmignac Foundation also commits to buying four photographs resulting from the winner’s endeavours.

The theme selected for the sixth edition is "Lawless areas in France". This year, once again, the Carmignac Foundation wishes to support and promote an investigative photography project in territories away from the media spotlight by focusing on France and specifically on areas becoming so-called "lawless areas" – political, legal or socio-economic no man's land subject to deregulation – where the authority of the French Republic is challenged.

Deadline for submitting entries: October 12th 2014 (midnight, GMT)

Selection process

September 29 - OCTOBER 26 2014: shortlisting

The three members of the 2013 preselection committee - Celina Lunsford, Artistic Director of the Fotografie Forum Frankfurt, Mark Sealy, Director of Autograph and Nathalie Gallon, Artistic director of the Carmignac Gestion Photojournalism Award and Emeric Glayse, Development manager of the Award for the Carmignac Foundation - will shortlist between 10 and 15 candidates. The entries, comprising the written project and photographs sent by the photojournalists, will be submitted and presented to the jurors.

The nominators will declare their candidate choices and their entries will be submitted directly to the jury on 30 October. These entries will be seen by the preselection committee.

Only members of the jury may vote on the winner. The preselection committee and Carmignac Gestion staff members are not allowed to vote.

October 28 2014: JURY

The judging panel for the sixth edition, chaired by Christophe Deloire, General Secretary of Reporters Without Borders International, and composed of photographers, journalists and key figures from the international photography scene, will meet on 30 October 2014 in Paris.

The Judging Panel is composed of:

  • The Previous Carmignac Gestion Photojournalism Award laureate
  • Caroline Behar, Head of Documentaries for France 5
  • Christian Caujolle, Founder and artistic director of VU’ agency
  • Eric Chol, President and director of Courrier International
  • Nigel Hurst, Director of the Saatchi Gallery


The name of the winning candidate will be kept confidential for security reasons.

December 2014 - march 2015: execution of the report

july 2015: pRICE WINNER announcement IN ARLES

November 2015: exhibition in paris and BOOK publication 

2016: EXHIBITIONS IN MILAN, FRANKFURT AND LONDON

The organiser reserves the right to take the exhibition to other locations, subject to the photographer's approval.