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THE AMAZON - 10th edition of the Carmignac Photojournalism Award

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In 2009, Fondation Carmignac established the Carmignac Photojournalism Award. Directed by Emeric Glayse, it funds annually the production of an investigative photo reportage on human rights violations in the world. Selected by an international jury, the laureate receives an endowment of 50,000 euros, enabling them to carry out an in-depth reportage on the ground, with the logistical support of Fondation Carmignac. The latter presents a travelling exhibition and the publication of a monograph, upon their return.

Created in 2000 under the initiative of Édouard Carmignac, Fondation Carmignac, directed by Charles Carmignac, is a corporate foundation with an art collection of about 300 works. On June 2 2018, the Fondation opened to the public in Porquerolles, a Mediterranean island like a floating forest on the sea. Visitors discover contemporary artworks of the Carmignac Collection in the beautiful surroundings of a national park, along with temporary exhibitions, a sculpture garden, and a rich programme of cultural events.


The 10th edition of the Carmignac Photojournalism Award is dedicated to the Amazon and will address issues related to its deforestation.

The Amazon is a vast region covering the territory of nine nations: Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana. The region has a surface area of 5,500,000 km² and is crossed by the Amazon river, the second longest river in the world and the largest by discharge volume of water. The Amazon alone accounts for half of the remaining tropical forests on the planet. It is home to 70% of the world's biodiversity and to one in ten of the world’s species.

This territory is home to 30 million people, including 350 indigenous groups, most of whom live in their natural habitats, but the development of economic activities in the region mean that this ecosystem is under more threat than ever before.

Since 1999 at least 2,200 new species have been discovered in the Amazon biome, but with 17% of the Amazon’s surface area already destroyed, the rainforest is increasingly vulnerable. Responsibility for the degradation and destruction of this fragile natural environment lies with climate change, but also human activity. The consequences are multiple and both local and global: greenhouse gas emissions, destruction of biodiversity, hydrological alterations and even soil erosion.

The edition of the Carmignac Photojournalism Award aims to support an investigative photography project that will highlight the upheavals to the Amazon rainforest and encourage reflection of the consequences of massive deforestation.

The designation of the laureates is carried out in two stages:

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.


Yolanda Kakabadse, Minister of the Environment in Ecuador (1998-2000) and President of WWF (2010-2017)
Simon Baker © Emmanuel-Bacquet, Director of the Maison Européenne de la Photographie (MEP)
Clinton Cargill © Kathy Ryan, Visuals Director at Vanity Fair
Pr. Dr. Stéphen Rostain, Research director on Archaeology of the Americas at the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS)

Alessia Glaviano, Photography Director of Vogue Italia and L'Uomo Vogue
Magdalena Herrera © Ahmed Hayman, Photography Director of Geo Magazine
Yuri Kozyrev, Photojournalist
Kadir van Lohuizen, Photojournalist


Call For Entries Open
5 July 2018
Submission Deadline
7 October 2018
Reportage Start
November 2018
Reportage End
June 2019
Laureate announcement at Festival Visa pour l'Image
September 2019
First stop of the travelling exhibition in Paris & monograph release
November 2019


Submission Requirements

  • A Project description with up to 1500 characters
  • A Biography and CV
  • A portfolio with up to 15 images
  • A story (linked or not with the subject) up to 15 images
  • Image size: min. 3000px on the long side, sRGB
  • A link to your prospective project description (pdf, doc, etc ..)

Entrance Fees

  • No entrance fee

Images Of Previous Laureates

Lizzie Sadin (Nepal) - Rita, 17, Trafficking of Women in Nepal, April 2017
Narciso Contreras (Libya) - Surman, Libya: A Human Market Place, June 2016
Christophe Gin (French Guiana) - Oyapock River, Colony, April 2015

Newsha Tavakolian (Iran) - Workers, Blank pages of an Iranian photo album, 2013
Davide Monteleone (Chechnya) - Grozny (law enforcement), Chechnya, Russia, Spasibo, March 2013

Robin Hammond (Zimbabwe) - Mugabe Poster, Zimbabwe, Your wounds will be named silence, 2011
Massimo Berruti (Pachtounistan) - Swat Valley, Mahnbanr, Lashkars, 2010
Kai Wiedenhöfer (Gaza) - Mona Al Ashqar, The Book of Destruction, 2009