A collaborative journalism project

Bugamanda, Kahuzi-Biega National Park, September 3, 2021. The elders of the Batwa community in a meeting to review the state of their village with the village chief. © Gurechom Ndebo for Carmignac Foundation.

The 11th Carmignac Photojournalism Award, dedicated to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), was awarded to photographer Finbarr O'Reilly in 2019.

His report began in January 2020. With the sudden eruption of the coronavirus pandemic and the containment of the planet, a different way of operating was quickly imposed. Finbarr O'Reilly, the Prize team, and the jury members then conceived "Congo in Conversation," a collaborative story, produced with input from local journalists and photographers, that documented the human, social, and ecological challenges Congo faces in the time of Covid-19.

Based on a website and relayed on social networks, Congo in Conversation has become a regular and unprecedented flow of writings, photo reports, and videos, offering these Congolese voices a platform to contribute to the global conversation, bear common witness to the situation in this immense country, and raise public awareness.

Congo in Conversation will conclude in September 2022 with an exhibition at the Bronx Documentary Center in New York. This site, conceived as an archive, compiles the main contributions of its authors. Enjoy your visit.


In 2009, while media and photojournalism faced an unprecedented crisis, Édouard 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), Pashtunistan (Massimo Berruti), Zimbabwe (Robin Hammond), Chechnya (Davide Monteleone), Iran (Newsha Tavakolian), French Guiana (Christophe Gin), Libya (Narciso Contreras), Nepal (Lizzie Sadin), the Arctic (Yuri Kozyrev and Kadir van Lohuizen) and the Amazon (Tommaso Protti).