The call for application is now open to photojournalists to apply for the Fondation Carmignac Photojournalism Award which aims to support a journalistic and photographic project that will document the complex realities faced by the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and address the grounds for hope for its 90 million inhabitants.
In its 11th edition, the Carmignac Photojournalism Award is dedicated to the DRC and to the human, social and ecological challenges it faces today.
The laureate will be selected by an international jury and will receive a €50,000 grant to carry out a 6-month field report with the support of the Fondation Carmignac, which produces, upon their return, a travelling exhibition and the publication of a monograph.
In spite of its 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 electronic equipment); the second largest producer of diamonds etc., the DR Congo is ripped apart by recurrent inter-communal and political conflicts, also accumulates misery, epidemics and clashes. In fact, the DR Congo is one of the lowest countries in the Human Development Index (HDI) ranking.
Selection of the laureate will take place in two stages, the first being the pre-jury, made up of directors of photography, which has the task of selecting between 12 and 15 proposals from those received.
The next is the jury, consisting of specialists in photography and in the given theme, who will choose a winning project.
At the end of the selection process, the jury meets the winning photographer, in order to talk to him or her and, if necessary, to provide the support he or she will need throughout the duration of the project – from the preparation of the reportage to its final exhibition.
All applications should be made at the application platform https://award.fondationcarmignac.com/and must be competed and submitted by October 16, 2019 at 23h59pm (GMT) when the application platform will close. Any submission that is not confirmed at that time will not be reviewed.