Democratic Republic of the Congo
The 11th Edition of the Carmignac Photojournalism Award is dedicated to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and to the human, social and ecological challenges it faces today. Four times the size of France, this continent-sized country irrigated by the Congo River benefits from immense natural and mineral resources; the world’s largest rainforest after the Amazon; the world’s largest producer of cobalt and coltan (metals which have strategic importance for our electronic equipment), the second largest producer of diamonds… But the DR Congo, ripped apart by recurrent inter-community and political conflicts, also accumulates misery, epidemics and clashes.
The DR Congo is one of the lowest countries in the Human Development Index (HDI) ranking. Its literacy level is rising, but public health is in a state of abandonment, and violence towards women and children is endemic. Despite having the largest freshwater resource in Africa, it has the lowest level of access to drinkable water. It has one of the worst records in terms of transport infrastructure. It also tops the charts globally in terms of deforestation and the monopolisation of land and raw materials.
The Carmignac Photojournalism Award aims to support a journalistic and photographic project which will document these complex realities, but also address the grounds for hope for the 90 million inhabitants of the DRC, of which 60% are younger than 20 years old: education and public health initiatives; conservation initiatives for wildlife; and the fight against trafficking, corruption and the control of a few individuals and multinationals over mining exploitation.
Designation of the laureate
1. The pre-jury, made up of directors of photography, had the task of selecting between 12 and 15 proposals from those received.
Magdalena Herrera Director of Photography, Geo France
Nicolas Jimenez Director of Photography, Le Monde
Nick Kirkpatrick Photo Editor for Special Projectss and Investigations, The Washington Pos
2. The jury, consisting of specialists in photography and in the given theme, chose a winning project.
Simon Baker Director, Maison Européenne de la Photographie (MEP)
Maryline Baumard Editor-in-Chief, Le Monde Afrique
Comfort Ero Director, International Crisis Group
Meaghan Looram Director of Photography, The New York Times
Julienne Lusenge President of Female Solidarity for Integrated peace and Development and Director of FFC
Fiona Shields Director of Photography, The Guardian
Tommaso Protti Photojournalist, Laureate of the 10th Carmignac Photojournalism Award
At the end of the selection process, the jury met the winning photographer, in order to talk to him or her and 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.