Narciso Contreras

Narciso Contreras

Narciso Contreras

Surman, June 2016 Π Narciso Contreras for the Carmignac Foundation – TOP 100 PHOTOS OF 2016 by TIME

Narciso Contreras

Zawiyah, June 2016 Π Narciso Contreras for the Carmignac Foundation
Six years after the fall of the Gaddafi regime in October 2011, Libya is experiencing an unprecedented political, military and humanitarian crisis. The Government of National Accord, created under the aegis of the UN, has not yet managed to exercise its authority, and violent fighting between militias and rival factions keeps breaking out in the territory on a daily basis. The surge of hope that followed the revolution has now given way to chaos. The Carmignac Photojournalism Award decided to support an in-depth research project in this country where little to no images are currently being taken and published. Narciso Contreras – Libya: A Human Market Place This report narrates the thoughts and observations of photojournalist Narciso Contreras as he travels through the complex tribal society of post-Gaddafi Libya from February to June 2016, photographing the brutal reality of human trafficking. Contreras lays bare an unfolding humanitarian crisis in which illegal migrants, refugees and asylum seekers are at the mercy of militias who exploit them for financial gain. Held in detention centres for illegal migrants, they are subjected to inhumane conditions including overcrowding, lack of sanitation and vicious beatings..

Contreras tells how he grappled with complex and at times surreal bureaucracy and logistics, picking his way through areas torn apart by sectarian violence in order to visit detention centre after detention centre. Frustrated by the government´s unwillingness to grant him access, Contreras was forced to circumnavigate the official channels and cultivate his own contact with people smugglers and tribespeople, which enabled him to understand the reality of trafficking in Libya.

Throughout this report, Contreras weaves a compelling narrative to show how, instead of being a place of transit for migrants on their way to Europe, Libya has actually become a trafficking market where people are bought and sold on a daily basis.

With this report, Narciso Contreras provides us with a glimpse of the complex and horrifying context anonymous migrants are faced with.

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Jury

  • Brett Rogers jury chairman, director of the Photographer’s Gallery (London)
  • Patrick Baz photo-director, Agence France Presse for the Middle East and North Africa
  • Janine di Giovanni editor-in-chief for the Middle East, Newsweek
  • Thierry Grillet director of exhibitions at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France (BNF)
  • Reza photographer
  • Mikko Takkunen associate Photo Editor, TIME
  • Christophe Gin winner of the 6th Carmignac Photojournalism Award

Other Laureats

Narciso Contreras