The 13th edition of the Carmignac Photojournalism Award (Prix Carmignac du photojournalisme) will focus on Ghana and the ecological and social challenges caused by e-waste trafficking.
In 2009, faced with an unprecedented media and photojournalism crisis, Édouard Carmignac wanted to create the Carmignac Photojournalism Prize to support photographers in the field. Directed by Emeric Glayse, the Carmignac Photojournalism Prize supports, each year, the production of a photographic and journalistic investigative report. This report spotlights human rights violations in the world and the geostrategic issues related to them.
Why we started
About 95% of electronic waste in Ghana is collected and recycled through the informal economy. Without any health regulations, this work is often carried out by untrained minors seeking to recover valuable materials, such as copper and gold. These individuals are exposed to hundreds and hundreds of harmful substances, including lead and mercury. These are not biodegradable and accumulate in the ecosystem and living beings. According to WHO (World Health Organization): “A child who consumes even a single chicken egg from Agbogbloshie will absorb 220 times the daily limit of chlorinated dioxins (environmental pollutants).”
Photography has played an important role in the life of this post-colonial society, bearing witness to daily and family life as well as revealing a political and cultural golden age in the 1960s and 1970s. It is important today that this medium confronts realities that challenges the utopia of a common world championed since independence.
The Carmignac Photojournalism Award (Prix Carmignac du photojournalisme) aims to support the production of a photographic project that documents this ecological, social and international crisis.
Who Can Participate
- Open to all photographers, of all nationalities.
- Participation can be individual or collaborative.
- You don’t need a press card to participate.
What You Benefit
The winner will be chosen by an international jury and awarded a grant of €50,000, to enabling them write a 6-month field report with assistance from the Carmignac Foundation. This funding also covers a traveling exhibition and the publication of a monographic book after their return.
The application includes the following sections:
- Name and first name
- Date of birth
- Address & country of residence
- E-mail address and phone number
- Website and/or social networks
- Publications/exhibitions/awards (pdf only)
- Portfolio (pdf only)
- Project title
- Project description (500 characters minimum)
- PDF (optional)
All applications can only be submitted online, before October 17, 2022 at 23:59 GMT, in French or English only. The process is entirely free of charge