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.
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 (Newsha Tavakolian – 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).
The Fondation Carmignac, created in 2000, is a corporate foundation with two main focuses: an art collection spanning more than 300 works, and an annual Photojournalism Award. In partnership with the Fondation Carmignac (directed by Charles Carmignac), the Villa Carmignac is an exhibition space open to the public. Created on the site of Porquerolles, it showcases the collection and hosts cultural and artistic events.