Carmignac Photojournalism Award

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

Within a mere few weeks, the pandemic has disrupted our lives and the way we operate. Finbarr O’Reilly’s reportage started in January 2020 but, due to the swiftly worsening global health situation and the gradual closing of international borders, both the laureate and Fondation Carmignac decided to put the mission (as it had initially been planned) on hold. Nonetheless, it felt unthinkable not to continue. We — Finbarr O’Reilly and the Award team, plus members of the jury and the pre-jury for the 11th edition — re-conceived our approach and adapted the Award and reportage to better cover the crisis we are experiencing.

With this in mind, Fondation Carmignac is honored to present Congo in Conversation by Finbarr O’Reilly. It’s a collaborative online chronicle which, through close cooperation with Congolese journalists and photographers, addresses the human, social and ecological challenges that the Congo faces today with this new health crisis.

Relaying information via a dedicated website and social networks, Congo in Conversation provides an uninterrupted and unprecedented stream of articles, photo reportages and videos. Updated regularly, enables readers to discover how the DRC is coping with this crisis and adapting to the realities that now shape all of our lives.

11th Carmignac Award : Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)

The 11th Carmignac Photojournalism Award is dedicated to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and to the human, social and ecological challenges it faces today.

Four times the size of France, this continent-sized country irrigated by the Congo River benefits from 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 our electronic equipment), the second largest producer of diamonds… But the DR Congo, ripped apart by recurrent inter-community and political conflicts, also accumulates misery, epidemics and clashes.

The DR Congo is one of the lowest countries in the Human Development Index (HDI) ranking. Its literacy level is rising, but public health is in a state of abandonment, and violence towards women and children is endemic. Despite having the largest freshwater resource in Africa, it has the lowest level of access to drinkable water. It has one of the worst records in terms of transport infrastructure. It also tops the charts globally in terms of deforestation and the monopolisation of land and raw materials.

The Carmignac Photojournalism Award aims to support a journalistic and photographic project which documents these complex realities, but also address the grounds for hope for the 90 million inhabitants of the DRC, of which 60% are younger than 20 years old: education and public health initiatives; conservation initiatives for wildlife; and the fight against trafficking, corruption and the control of a few individuals and multinationals over mining exploitation.

Members of the Jury include:

  • Simon Baker, Director, Maison Européenne de la Photographie (MEP)
  • Maryline Baumard, Editor-in-Chief, Le Monde Afrique
  • Comfort Ero, Africa Program Director, International Crisis Group
  • Meaghan Looram, Director of Photography, The New York Times
  • Julienne Lusenge, President of Female Solidarity for Integrated Peace and Development and Director of FFC
  • Fiona Shields,Director of Photography, The Guardian
  • Tommaso Protti, Laureate of the 10th Carmignac Photojournalism Award

Carmignac Photojournalism Award

In 2009, while media and photojournalism faced an unprecedented crisis, Edouard Carmignac created the Carmignac Photojournalism Award to support photographers in the field. Directed by Emeric Glayse, it funds annually the production of an investigative photo reportage on human rights violations, environmental and geostrategic issues in the world. Selected by an international jury, the laureate receives a €50.000 grant, enabling them to carry out an in-depth research in the field, with logistical support from Fondation Carmignac.The latter presents a traveling exhibition and the publication of a monograph upon their return. At the end of each edition, four photographs bequeathed by the laureates are included in the Carmignac collection.

Previous editions have focused on Gaza (Kai Wiedenhöfer – 1st edition), Pashtunistan (Massimo Berruti – 2nd edition), Zimbabwe (Robin Hammond – 3rd edition), Chechnya (Davide Monteleone – 4th edition), Iran (NewshaTavakolian – 5th edition), French Guiana (Christophe Gin – 6th edition), Libya (Narciso Contreras – 8th edition), Nepal (Lizzie Sadin – 8th edition), the Arctic (Yuri Kozyrev and Kadir van Lohuizen – 9th edition) and the Amazon (Tommaso Protti, 10th edition).

Fondation Carmignac

The Fondation Carmignac, created in 2000, is a corporate foundation centered around two main focuses: an art collection of more than 300 works, and the Photojournalism Award which is issued annually. In partnership with the Fondation Carmignac, directed by Charles Carmignac, Villa Carmignac, an exhibition space open to the public, was created on the site of Porquerolles in order to exhibit the collection and to host cultural and artistic events.