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Congo in Conversation
Neighbours and Red Cross burial workers in protective clothing gather outside the home of a family where an 11-month-old girl has died during Congo's Ebola outbreak in the town of Rutshuru in Congo's North Kivu Province, February 2020© Finbarr O’Reilly / Fondation Carmignac

Congo in Conversation

Carmignac Photojournalism Award - 11th edition

Guylain Balume Muhindo » Arlette Bashizi » Al-Hadji Kudra Maliro » Justin Makangara » Guerchom Ndebo » Baron Nkoy » Finbarr O’Reilly » Moses Sawasawa » Pamela Tulizo » Ley Uwera » Bernadette Vivuya » Steve Wembi »


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Congo in Conversation
From the project "Black Consciousness"
Pamela Tulizo’s inquiry into ideas about African women,
beauty, and self-esteem in a post-colonial world.
© Pamela Tulizo for Fondation Carmignac

"Congo in Conversation"

A collaborative reportage produced by Award laureate Finbarr O’Reilly

Featuring work by Arlette Bashizi | Justin Makangara | Al-Hadji Kudra Maliro | Baron Nkoy | Moses Sawasawa | Ley Uwera | Bernadette Vivuya | Steve Wembi

presented by

Carmignac Photojournalism Award - 11th edition
Democratic Republic of Congo

The 11th Carmignac Photojournalism Award on the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)—was granted to Canadian-British photographer Finbarr O’Reilly.

Every year, the Carmignac Photojournalism Award supports the production of a 6-month photo-reportage by the laureate, which is then published in a monograph and presented in a traveling exhibition. Finbarr O'Reilly started his reportage in January but as borders closures prevent him from traveling to DRC, he and the Award team re-conceived their approach to adapt the reportage to the ongoing crisis. This led to the conception of "Congo In Conversation", a collaborative digital reportage produced in close cooperation with Congolese journalists and photographers.

Transmitted via a dedicated website and the Carmignac Award’s social networks, "Congo in Conversation" provides a pioneering, regularly updated, stream of articles, photo reportages and videos documenting the human, social, and ecological challenges faced in the Congo today, in the context of an unprecedented health crisis.

Congo in Conversation
Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, mid-March, 2020. An empty classroom in Democratic Republic of Congo’s capital. Congolese authorities closed schools and shut down major commercial activities to enforce social distancing. Many people weren’t taking precautions and didn’t believe the virus was a threat to them during the early days of the pandemic.
© Justin Makangara for Fondation Carmignac


The 11th Carmignac Photojournalism Award project explores — with cautious optimism — the future of the Democratic Republic of Congo, documenting the harsh realities that have impeded progress in this long-exploited country. Within the context of the coronavirus pandemic, the project is turning its attention to how the Congolese are coping with the worst global health crisis in a century — in addition to managing the second-deadliest Ebola epidemic in history and the world’s deadliest measles outbreak.

Through its network of contributors working in compliance with professional journalistic ethics and standards, the Carmignac Award’s Congo project documents human rights and environmental issues, providing in-depth reportages, snapshots of daily life and struggles in this huge country, as it faces an unprecedented health crisis.

More information: congoinconversation.fondationcarmignac.com

Congo in Conversation
Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo, April 2, 2020. Vendors and shoppers at Kituku market on the shores of Lake Kivu. Congo has one of the highest rates of informal workers in the world with about 80 per cent of urban workers involved in the informal economy, according to the World Bank. The Trade Union Confederation of Congo estimates that nationally the informal economy represents an astronomical 97.5 per cent of all workers.
© Moses Sawasawa for Fondation Carmignac
Congo in Conversation
Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo, April 27-28, 2020. With schools closed during Congo’s period of confinement, and the city implementing regular power cuts, my 13-year-old sister Marie studies at home by the light of a mobile phone.
© Arlette Bashizi for Fondation Carmignac
Congo in Conversation
Still from video "Goma’s Clandestine Dancers", Goma, May 2020 © Bernadette Vivuya for Fondation Carmignac