Fondation Carmignac Invites Applications for 15th Edition of the Carmignac Photojournalism Award

Charles Carmignac, Head of Fondation Carmignac

The Fondation Carmignac invites photographers from around the globe to submit applications for the 15th edition of the Carmignac Photojournalism Award. This year’s award focuses on Southeast Asia and the severe violations of human and environmental rights resulting from illegal fishing and overfishing.

Since the mid-20th century, artisanal coastal fishing has largely been replaced by large-scale deep-sea industrial fishing, thereby fully exploiting and over-exploiting 80% of fish suitable for consumption. This uncontrolled industry not only threatens biodiversity but also exacerbates human rights abuses, including deplorable working conditions, widespread forced labor, and human trafficking, turning many seas into no-go areas.

Photographers interested in this vital project are encouraged to submit their applications before August 19, 2024, at 11:59 p.m. (GMT). A jury comprising experts in contemporary photography will convene in Paris in September 2024 to select the winning project. The chosen project will run from October 2024 to May 2025, culminating in a traveling exhibition and a dedicated website.

Open to all photographers, regardless of nationality, the award accepts individual or collaborative entries submitted online in French or English by August 19, 2024, at 11:59 p.m. (GMT).

The application process is free of charge and requires personal contact details, a professional profile, and a detailed project proposal, including a project title, description, and an optional PDF. Applicants must affirm their legal eligibility and ownership of all intellectual property rights for their submitted materials and guarantee that their work does not infringe on third-party rights or violate laws.

Candidates must also adhere to the award’s Code of Ethics and, if selected, will sign an agreement outlining the terms for transferring intellectual property rights for approximately 60 to 90 photographs taken during the reportage. This agreement will grant Fondation Carmignac worldwide rights to use and reproduce the photographs for any communication purposes related to the award for the legal duration of copyright.

Established in 2009 by Edouard Carmignac, the Carmignac Photojournalism Award aims to support photographers in producing impactful investigative photo reportage on human rights violations and geopolitical issues. The Fondation Carmignac provides the laureate with financial and human resources to carry out their project, producing both a monograph and a traveling exhibition to highlight the crises and challenges of the contemporary world. Each year, four photographs bequeathed by the laureates are included in the Carmignac collection.

The selected laureates receive a €50,000 grant to execute their nine-month field report with the Fondation Carmignac’s support, ultimately leading to the production of a traveling exhibition and a dedicated website.

For more information and to apply, applicants should begin the process by creating a profile.

The application window is from May 19 to August 19, 2024. Candidates will be informed of the pre-jury and jury deliberations by email, and the laureate will be contacted by phone