In 2009, while media and photojournalism faced an unprecedented crisis, Edouard Carmignac created the Carmignac Photojournalism Award to support photographers in the field.
Directed by Emeric Glayse, it funds annually the production of an investigative photo reportage on human rights violations, geostrategic issues in the world.
In 2015, the Carmignac Photojournalism Award turned into a real“newsroom”. This major development allowed Narciso Contreras, 7th laureate, to return with the very first evidence of migrant slavery in Libya – a report that was first published in Paris Match and Time in October 2016.
With the development of partnerships with major European museums – Saatchi Gallery in London, Palazzo Reale in Milan, Fotografie Forum Frankfurt, Cité des sciences et de l’industrie in Paris, … — the Award exhibition attracted over 500,000 visitors in 2017.
The Carmignac Photojournalism Award has produced award-winning reports on Gaza (Kai Wiedenhöfer), Pashtunistan (Massimo Berruti), Zimbabwe (Robin Hammond), Chechnya (Davide Monteleone), Iran (Newsha Tavakolian), Guyana (Christophe Gin), Libya (Narciso Contreras), Nepal (Lizzie Sadin) and the Arctic (Yuri Kozyrev & Kadir van Lohuizen).
Selected by an international jury, the laureates receive a €50,000 grant to carry out a 6-month field report with the support of the Fondation Carmignac, which produces, upon their return, a travelling exhibition and the publication of a monograph.
At the end of each edition, four photographs bequeathed by the laureates are included in the Carmignac collection.
The designation of the laureate is carried out in two stages:
1. The Pre-jury composed of photography, press and art world experts, has for mission to choose between 12 and 15 files among those received.
2. The Jury composed of personalities specialized in the theme and contemporary image, aims to select a winning project.
After the selection, the jury will meet the winning photographer in order to speak to them and to provide, if necessary, the support they will require throughout their project – from the preparation stage of the report, to its final exhibition.