In addition to an award of 50,000 euros, the Carmignac Gestion Foundation supports the winner after completion of the project by financing an exhibition and a monograph. The Foundation also commits to buying four photographs from the work produced.
In offering this award, the Carmignac Gestion Foundation aims to support photojournalists who find themselves working on the front-line of different situations. In choosing to support this profession which is critically underfunded, Carmignac Gestion wishes to provide these key witnesses of the contemporary world with the means to go where others don't.
In keeping with the values of courage, independence, openness and sharing which motivate its personnel, Carmignac Gestion has committed to champion the personal and, by definition, minority view which is, for this reason, essential.
Created in 2009, by the Carmignac Gestion Foundation, Carmignac Gestion photojournalism Award invites documentary photographers and photojournalists from around the world to submit a long-term reportage on a particular theme. At a time when the status of photography, the way it is produced, its legitimacy, function, means of distribution and finance is in a state of flux, this unique award of 50,000 euros allows professionals the time for its creation. In addition to the prize itself, there is also an exhibition of up to 90 new images and a publication.
The Carmignac Gestion Foundation 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 September. 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 winner.
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. Nominators - past members of juries since the 2009 launch of the Carmignac Gestion photojournalism Award - may suggest up to three candidates to the independent jury.
A monograph of the reportage with previously unpublished texts by different authors, academics, journalists, authors and regional specialists.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. Two publishers, Steidl and Actes Sud are involved in the production and distribution of the book.
The Carmignac Gestion Foundation 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.