The Amazon

The Amazon

The 10th edition of the Carmignac Photojournalism Award is dedicated to the Amazon and will address issues related to its deforestation.

The Amazon is a vast region covering the territory of nine nations: Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana. The region has a surface area of 5,500,000 km² and is crossed by the Amazon river, the second longest river in the world and the largest by discharge volume of water. The Amazon alone accounts for half of the remaining tropical forests on the planet. It is home to 70% of the world’s biodiversity and to one in ten of the world’s species.

This territory is home to 30 million people, including 350 indigenous groups, most of whom live in their natural habitats, but the development of economic activities in the region mean that this ecosystem is under more threat than ever before.

Since 1999 at least 2,200 new species have been discovered in the Amazon biome, but with 17% of the Amazon’s surface area already destroyed, the rainforest is increasingly vulnerable. Responsibility for the degradation and destruction of this fragile natural environment lies with climate change, but also human activity. The consequences are multiple and both local and global: greenhouse gas emissions, destruction of biodiversity, hydrological alterations and even soil erosion.

The edition of the Carmignac Photojournalism Award aims to support an investigative photography project that will highlight the upheavals to the Amazon rainforest and encourage reflection of the consequences of massive deforestation.

The jury of the 10th Edition of the Award, chaired by Yolanda Kakabadse, Minister of the Environment in Ecuador (1998-2000) and President of WWF (2010-2017), will meet on November
2018 in Paris.

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  • Yolanda Kakabadse Minister of the Environment in Ecuador (1998-2000)
    and President of WWF (2010-2017)
  • Simon Baker Director of the Maison Européenne de la Photographie (MEP)
  • Clinton Cargill Visuals Director at Vanity Fair
  • Alessia Glaviano Photography Director of Vogue Italia and L’Uomo Vogue
  • Magdalena Herrera Photography Director of Geo Magazine
  • Yuri Kozyrev Photojournalist
  • Kadir van Lohuizen Photojournalist
  • Pr. Dr. Stéphen Research director on Archaeology of the Americas at the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS)

Pre - Jury

  • Dimitri Beck Photography Director of Polka
  • Emma Bowkett Photography Director of the Financial Times
  • Nicolas Jimenez Photography Director of Le Monde

Other Laureats

The Amazon