The 12th edition of the Carmignac Photojournalism Award is dedicated to Venezuela and its hardships at the individual, social and ecological levels.
This Latin American region was once an El Dorado bordered by the Caribbean Sea, which operated under a rich and prosperous democracy in the 1960s-1970s. It still holds the world’s largest oil reserves—ahead of Saudi Arabia—and vast mined resources (including gold, iron, steel, and coltan).
Twenty years after the Bolivarian revolution—led by Hugo Chavez and his radical socialist reforms—the country is struggling to extricate itself from a deep economic crisis, marked by the plummeting price of oil, endemic corruption and hyperinflation (3000% in 2020).
In under seven years, its GDP has fallen by 80% and importing has been slashed tenfold. In the face of this unrelenting recession, an informal shadow economy is growing.
While the results of the latest elections have gone unrecognized by the international community, the power struggle between the ruling Chavista regime under Nicolás Maduro and opposition leader Juan Guaido is dividing Venezuelan society. These institutional blockages, as well as accusations of electoral fraud or political imprisonment, generate frequent demonstrations and clashes.
These tensions, combined with problems of instability, only worsen the living conditions of Venezuelans, 80% of whom live in extreme poverty and suffer from severe shortages of running water, food and medicine. To date, 5.4 million Venezuelans—one in six inhabitants—live in exile in Colombia, Peru or Ecuador: the most significant migratory crisis in the world behind Syria.
The Carmignac Photojournalism Award will provide support for a photojournalistic project that documents this volatile social crisis.
July 8 – October 18, 2021
Opening of the call for applications
Deliberations of the pre-jury and the jury, designation of the laureate(s)
January – June 2022
From summer 2022
Launch of the travelling exhibition
and the monograph
The jury will meet in Paris in November 2021. The selection of the laureate will take place in two stages:
1. The pre-jury, made up of directors of photography, has the task of selecting between 12 and 15 proposals from those received.
— Alessia Glavanio Brand Visual Director of Vogue Italia and Director of the Photo Vogue Festival
— Magdalena Herrera Director of Photography, GEO France
— Fiona Shields Director of Photography, The Guardian
2. The jury, consisting of specialists in photography and in the given theme, choose a winning project. At the end of the selection process, the jury meets the winning photographer, in order to talk to him or her and, if necessary, to provide the support he or she will need throughout the duration of their project – from the preparation of the reportage to its final exhibition.
— Quentin Bajac Director, Jeu de Paume
— Marcos Gómez Director of Amnesty International Venezuela
— Whitney Johnson Director of visuals and immersive experiences at National Geographic
— Patricia Laya Venezuela bureau chief for Bloomberg News
— Finbarr O’Reilly Laureate of the 11th Edition of the Carmignac Photojournalism Award
— Sandra Stevenson Associate director of photography at CNN
The Carmignac Photojournalism Award is open to all photographers, of all nationalities. Participation can be individual or collaborative. It is not necessary to have a press card to participate. The entry rules and the code of ethics are available at this link.
All candidates will be informed of the pre-jury and jury deliberations by email. Once the jury has made its final decision, the laureate will be contacted by phone. Unfortunately, it is not possible to give individual feedback to candidates who are not selected for the Award.
All applications can only be submitted online at this link, before October 18, 2021 at 23:59 GMT, in French or English only. The process is entirely free of charge.
— Name and first name
— Date of birth
— Address & country of residence
— E-mail address and phone number
— Website and/or social networks
— Publications/exhibitions/awards (pdf only)
— Portfolio (pdf only)
— Project title
— Project description (500 characters minimum)
— PDF (optional)