Carmignac Photojournalism Award
The 10th Carmignac Photojournalism Award is dedicated to the Amazon and the issues related to its deforestation. It is chaired by Yolanda Kakabadse, Minister of the Environment of Ecuador between 1998 and 2000 and President of WWF from 2010 to 2017. The Award was awarded to Tommaso Protti.
From January to July 2019, Italian photojournalist Tommaso Protti, accompanied by British journalist Sam Cowie, travelled thousands of miles across the Brazilian Amazon to create this reportage. From the eastern region of Maranhão to the western region of Rondônia, through the states of Pará and Amazonas, they portrayed life in modern day Brazilian Amazon, where social and humanitarian crises overlap with the ongoing destruction of the rainforest, lungs of the planet.
Tommaso Protti (Italy, 1986) lives and works in São Paulo, Brazil. He started his career as a photographer in 2011 after graduating in Political Science and International Relations. Since then, he has devoted himself on creating his own long-term projects.
His work has been exhibited internationally at The Royal Albert Hall (London), Greenwich Heritage Centre (Woolwich, UK), Benaki Museum (Athens), MACRo (Rome), 10b Photography gallery (Rome), Fotoleggendo festival (Rome), Les Rencontres d’Arles festival (France), Prix Bayeux- Calvados des Correspondants de guerre festival (France), Belfast Photo festival (Ireland), C40 Mayors Summit (Mexico City), UN COP 22 (Marrakesh, Morocco), PARTE Contemporary Art Fair (São Paulo, Brazil).
His photographs have been published in major titles including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Time, National Geographic, The New Yorker, The Guardian, The Independent, Le Monde, Corriere della Sera, among others.
He also works with international organizations such as the United Nations.
Tommaso is a member of Angustia.
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.
CHAIR — 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 Photography Director of Vanity Fair
Alessia Glaviano Photography Director of Vogue Italia, L’Uomo Vogue, Vogue.it Web Editor and Director of Photo Vogue Festival
Magdalena Herrera Photography Director of Geo Magazine France
Kadir van Lohuizen Photojournalist
Yuri Kozyrev Photojournalist
Stéphen Rostain Director of Research (Archéologie des Amériques) at the Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS)
Amazônia, Life and Death in the Brazilian Rainforest
Co-published by: Reliefs / Fondation Carmignac
Release date: November 7, 2019
Size: 24 × 28 cm, 144 pages
Contributors: Stéphen Rostain, Sam Cowie, Tommaso Protti
Price: 35 euros, 45 USD, 58 CAD, 35 GBP
Distributed by: Harmonia Mundi
“Protti’s resulting photographs are both haunting and poetic, presenting a harrowing picture of what life is like for people living in the Brazilian Amazon (…) a place that is grappling with social and humanitarian crises concurrently with the destruction of the rainforest.”