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8th Edition of Carmignac photojournalism Award: The Arctic

8th Edition of Carmignac photojournalism Award: The Arctic

Call for applications:

Sun 15 Oct

Fondation Carmignac

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75001 Paris

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8th Edition of Carmignac photojournalism Award: The Arctic
1. Kai Wiedenhöfer, 2. Massimo Berruti, VU’
3. Robin Hammond, NOOR, 4. Davide Monteleone, VII Photo

Call for application
9th Edition of Carmignac photojournalism Award
Theme: The Arctic

Application deadline: Sunday 15th October, 2017 at midnight (GMT)
Apply here

In 2009, Fondation Carmignac established the Carmignac Photojournalism Award with the aim of funding and promoting an investigative photo report on human rights violations each year. The winner receives a €50,000 grant to produce an in-depth, in-the-field photo essay. After it has been completed, the Fondation provides further support, financing a monograph on the investigation and working with the photographer to develop and stage an international touring exhibition.

The 9th edition of the Carmignac Photojournalism Award is dedicated to threats to the Arctic.

The Arctic is a region surrounding the North Pole, within and on the outskirts of the Arctic polar circle. The area is commonly delineated by the ’10 degrees Celsius isotherm’, defining territories where the average temperature of the hottest month does not exceed 10 degrees Celsius. It is made up of 6 countries: Canada, the United States, Greenland (Denmark), Russia, Norway and Iceland.

At the heart of the Cold War, the Arctic region was as a hot point for international interests, but since 1990, the region has largely disappeared from these debates. From the middle of the 2000s, it has attracted attention for three principle reasons: the disappearance of the sea ice, the growing need for hydrocarbons, and the prospect of new maritime routes.

Since 1979, the sea ice has decreased in volume by 50%. The medium-term prospect of its total disappearance in the summer months may be devastating for environmental equilibrium and local Indigenous peoples, but it also provides opportunities by creating new maritime routes for commercial traffic, and opens up possibilities for the exploitation of natural resources. Beyond the fascination and curiosity surrounding the Poles due to their remoteness and the extreme conditions that reign there, global warming has put a sharp focus on these areas as strategic battlegrounds in the clash between the competing interests of countries and multinationals as they face one of the biggest challenges in the history of mankind.

This edition will support an investigative photojournalism project that will shine a light on these competing interests, and highlight what the consequences of climate change will have on the region.


Members of the jury include:

- Jean Jouzel, climatologist, received the Vetlesen Prize in 2010 for his research on the ice of the Antarctic and Greenland, and was from 2002 until 2015, vice President of the Group of intergovernmental experts on climate change, the GIEC joint-winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 for his work raising awareness of the climate emergency.

- David Barber, specialist in Arctic climate change, and Chief Scientist of the expedition on Canadian icebreaker and Arctic research vessel CCGS Amundsen
- Emma Bowkett, Director of Photography, Financial Times Weekend Magazine
- Pascal Beausse, Director of the photography collection, Centre national des arts plastiques (CNAP)
- Nicolas Jimenez, Director of Photography, Le Monde
- Sarah Leen, Director of Photography, National Geographic Magazine
- the Laureate of the 8th Edition of the Carmignac Photojournalism Award

The Carmignac Photojournalism Award has the pleasure of welcoming back Thierry Grillet, Chief Curator, Bilbliothèque nationale de France (BNF), as artistic consultant for the third consecutive year.

The pre-jury has the task of selecting between 10 and 12 proposals. It is made up of:

- Patrick Baz, Photojournalist and founder of the MENA Photodesk at AFP
- Dimitri Beck, Director of Photography, Polka

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS After the selection, the jury will meet the winning photographer in order to speak to them and to provide, if necessary, the support they will require throughout their project - from the preparation stage of the report, to its final exhibition.

The photographers must submit their projects before midnight (GMT) on Sunday 15th October 2017, by applying online on www.fondation-carmignac.com or here

8th Edition of Carmignac photojournalism Award: The Arctic
5. Newsha Tavakolian, Magnum, 6. Christophe Gin
7. Narciso Contreras


Created in 2000, Fondation Carmignac has its roots in Carmignac’s corporate collection, which has been on display in the company’s premises from the company’s beginnings. Built up over the past 25 years with an open mind and no restrictions, this unique compendium of contemporary art reflects the personal favourites of Carmignac’s founder, Edouard Carmignac, a seasoned fund manager and stockbroker. The Carmignac collection currently boasts more than 220 works of art from the 20th and 21st centuries, including major works by Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Gerhard Richter but also Martial Raysse, Miquel Barceló, Ed Ruscha ... Selected on the basis of how evocative they are, the quality of their composition and how powerful a message they convey, the most recent additions to the collection show a strong emphasis on emerging market countries (Zhang Huan, Korakrit Arunanondchai).

Fondation Carmignac, directed by Charles Carmignac, has always been committed to sharing, and open to dialogue with the widest possible audience. In keeping with that commitment, the Fondation will open new premises on the protected island of Porquerolles. The site will be sensitively constructed within this stunning natural environment.

Contacts :
Emeric Glayse, Director of the Carmignac photojournalism Award : prix@carmignac.com
Valentine Dolla, Communication Manager : vdolla@carmignac.com