Arctic : New Frontier
Carmignac Photojournalism Award
Yuri Kozyrev and Kadir van Lohuizen (NOOR) were awarded the 9th edition of the Carmignac Photojournalism Award dedicated to the Arctic and chaired by Jean Jouzel, and under the patronage of Minister Ségolène Royal, French Ambassador for the Arctic and Antarctic Poles. The endowment allowed them to carry out their pioneer double polar expedition «Arctic: New Frontier». For the very first time, two photojournalists have simultaneously covered the entire Arctic territory to bear witness to the irreversible effects of climate change. They wanted to experience the dramatic transformation of natural landscapes and the demographics in the Arctic, and the impact of these changes on the lives of the region’s inhabitants.
The forces of tourism, militarisation, exploitation of gas and mineral resources, and the opening of trade routes mean that the Arctic is today the site of clashes
between countries and multinationals who are locked in a chaotic competition for control of these zones, which have taken on strategic importance in the history of
humankind due to the effects of global warming. The photographs in “Arctic: New Frontier” by Yuri Kozyrev and Kadir van Lohuizen are an alarming testimony to the speed of transformation in the region and the upheavals that are taking place on a global scale.
As a photojournalist for the past 25 years, Yuri Kozyrev (Russia, 1963) has witnessed many world changing events. He started his career documenting the collapse of the Soviet Union, capturing the rapid changes in the former USSR for the LA Times during the 90s. In 2001, Yuri Kozyrev started to cover international news, working in Afghanistan and Iraq as a photographer for TIME Magazine. Since 2011, Yuri Kozyrev has been documenting the “Arab Revolutions” and their aftermaths in Bahrain, Yemen, Tunisia and specifically in Egypt and Libya. Since 2015, he covers the conflict in eastern Ukraine, the rise of Russian nationalism and the migrant crisis in Europe. Yuri Kozyrev has received numerous honors for his work, including several World Press Photo Awards, the OPC’s Oliver Rebbot Award, the ICP Infinity Award for Photojournalism, the Frontline Club Award, the Visa d’or News and the Prix Bayeux-Calvados, and was named 2011 Photographer of the Year in the Pictures of the Year International competition.
Born in The Netherlands in 1963, Kadir van Lohuizen started his carrier as a photojournalist in 1988 by reporting the Intifada. During the mid-1990s, he has covered conflicts in Africa and the aftermaths of the dissolution of the Soviet Union. He is best known for his long-term projects documenting seven rivers of the world, which he roamed from source to mouth. He also documented the rising of sea levels and its consequences, the diamond industry, the post-Katrina period in the USA, violences against women and migration in the Americas. Kadir van Lohuizen has received numerous prizes and awards in photojournalism. In 2000 and 2002 he was a jury member of the World Press Photo contest and is currently on the supervisory board of the World Press Photo Foundation. Kadir van Lohuizen is a frequent lecturer and photography teacher, based in Amsterdam.
A double polar expedition
Kadir van Lohuizen started his journey on the Norwegian island of Spitzberg in the Svalbard archipelago. He then followed the Northwest Passage, which is now the shortest route between Europe and Asia thanks to the melting ice. In Greenland, he met scientists who have recently discovered the existence of frozen rivers beneath the ice-cap, which are directly contributing to the planet’s rising water levels. South of Cornwallis Island, off the coast of Canada, he lived in the small community of Resolute, which has recently been home to a training facility for the Canadian Army, as climate change has led to ever-increasing routes through the Arctic region. Finally, he travelled to Kivalina, an indigenous village on the northern tip of Alaska, which, according to current forecasts, will disappear underwater by 2025.
Yuri Kozyrev travelled the route of the Russian maritime ports of the Arctic, accompanying the last remaining Nomadic people of the region, the Nenets, during their seasonal movement known as transhumance. This was interrupted for the first time in the Nenets’ history in 2018, because of the melting of the permafrost. Kozyrev skirted the coast of the Barents Sea in the north of the country, and travelled
aboard the Montchegorsk, the first container ship to use the Northern Sea route unassisted. He encountered people who had been made ill by nickel mining in Norilsk, and then travelled to Murmansk, where the first floating nuclear power plant is under secret construction.
Jean Jouzel Climatologist, who was awarded the 2012 Vetlesen Prize for his research on polar ice in the Antarctic and Greenland. He was vice-president of the Group of intergovernmental experts on climate change (GIEC) from 2002 to 2015 and co-laureate of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for raising awareness on the climate emergency.
David Barber Specialist in Arctic climate change, and Chief Scientist of the expedition on Canadian icebreaker research vessel CCGS Amundsen.
Emma Bowkett Director of Photography, Financial Times Weekend Magazine
Pascal Beausse Director of the photography collection, Centre national des arts plastiques (CNAP)
Nicolas Jimenez Director of Photography, Le Monde
Sarah Leen Director of Photography, National Geographic Magazine
Lizzie Sadin Photojournalist, laureate of the 8th Edition of the Carmignac Award
Arctic : New Frontier – Yuri Kozyrev & Kadir van Lohuizen
Co-published by : Reliefs / Fondation Carmignac
Date of release : November 7th 2018
Contributors : Jean Jouzel, David Barber, Yuri Kozyrev et Kadir van Lohuizen
Price : 35 euros, 45 USD, 58 CAD, 35 GBP
“C’est une première. De mars en août 2018, deux photographes ont effectué un périple tout autour du cercle polaire, où le réchauffement climatique se fait cruellement sentir. Un grand tour du Grand Nord qui apporte un éclairage unique sur l’un des enjeux majeurs de ce siècle”.