The Carmignac Foundation launched the Carmignac Photojournalism Award in 2009 with the aim of supporting and celebrating photojournalism. This unique Award funds an emerging photographer to visit areas of the world at the centre of geostrategic conflicts, where human rights and freedom of speech are often violated. The Award is distinct from other photography prizes due to its emphatic global concern and specific geographical focus, which changes annually. Previous themes include Gaza, Pashtunistan, Zimbabwe, Iran and lawless areas in France.
A key aim of the Award is to support the winning photojournalist by providing a global platform for their work to be seen and collected. The Carmignac Foundation collaborates with the winner throughout the entire project by offering the laureate 50,000€ to go into the field, financing a monograph and developing and staging an international touring exhibition upon their return. Four photographs from the winner’s portfolio then enter Carmignac’s prestigious art collection.
Winners of the Carmignac Photojournalism Award include Kai Wiedenhöfer (Gaza – 2009), Massimo Berruti (Pashtunistan – 2010), Robin Hammond (Zimbabwe – 2011), Davide Monteleone (Chechnya – 2012) and Newsha Tavakolian (Iran - 2013).
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.
Created in 2009, by the Carmignac Foundation, Carmignac 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 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 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 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.