Photojournalism prize offers €50,000 grant to develop a project in Zimbabwe

According to the British Journal of Photography, the world’s longest running photography magazine, established in 1854, the Carmignac Gestion Photojournalism Award is looking for projects made in Zimbabwe or relating to this Southern African country.

'Costly Dream'. Magnum photographer Susan Meiselas and Human Rights watch researcher Nisha Varia travelled to Indonesia and Singapore in May 2006. Their aim was to document the abuse of Asian women domestic migrant workers.

The Carmignac Gestion Photojournalism Award was created two years ago to help fund a photojournalism report “on a proposed topic directly related to current affairs, over several months.” It has been designed to allow photographers to “continue visiting zones that are neglected by the mainstream media outside of periods of conflict.”

“Our methods must clearly coincide with the humanistic tradition of questioning reality with sensitivity, avoiding caricature and the tyranny of the snapshot, a study of the context and an approach to the situation to portray reality in its complexity,” shares the head of last year’s jury Alain Genestar, Editor in Chief of Polka magazine and managing editor of Paris Match till June 2006.

This year’s entries will be judged by a panel chaired by Magnum Photos member Susan Meiselas.  The jury also includes Massimo Berruti, who won the 2010 editon of the Carmignac Gestion Award, as well as Christian Caujolle of Agence VU’. Sophie Bouillon, Philippe Guionie, Françoise Huguier, Yacoubé Konaté, Alessandra Mauro and Patrick de Saint Exupéry complete the panel.

Of the 35 entries submitted last year in 2010, 10 were short-listed for their pertinence and originality, their approach and the author’s ability to convey images with meaning.

The first round of eliminations left three finalists: Italian photographer Massimo Berruti, Alfonso Moral of Spain, and British-born Simon Norfolk.

Massimo Berruti was named Laureate of the 2nd edition of the Carmignac Gestion Photojournalism award on October 26, 2010. The jury defended their choice, emphasizing that “tenacity and character made Massimo Berruti the strongest candidate to cover the selected news project with the experience and knowledge of the geographical location.”

Award results remained secret until now for security reasons given that the selected news theme was the strategic zone located between Afghanistan and Pakistan and known as Pachtounistan.

Pakistan, 2009-2011 © Massimo Berruti, Agence VU'

The winner was selected to cover events in the Swat valley (in the province of Khyber Pakhtonkhawa) observing the daily lives of the Lashkars, the civil forces engaged in fighting with the help of the Pakistani army.

These areas close to the tribal zones are now in the spotlight after Osama Bin Laden’s death. Massimo Berruti worked on his story from January through April, 2011.

Born in Rome in 1979 and based in Islamabad, this 31-year old photographer has, since his first story about Pakistani elections in 2008, been documenting the Pakistani fight for independence. He has been a member of the Agence ’Vu since 2007 and currently lives in Pakistan.

His story “Bloodbath in Karachi, (programmed murders)” was awarded second place in 2011 by World Press and third place by “Picture Of the Year international”, following an Excellence prize in2010. In 2009 his work was honored with the “Young reporter” prize at the Visa pour lʼImage festival.

This project will be exposed at the Chapelle des Beaux Arts of Paris from November 3 through December 3, 2011.

In 2009, German photographer Kai Wiedenhöfer was named winner of the first edition of the Carmignac Gestion Photojournalism prize, about the Gaza Strip.

Carmignac  Award is an example of  donor-generated content. When the research is done and the funded photo project hits the galleries (both virtual and real), we will be able to observe the shots that without proper funding or certain donor interest would either have a lower quality and/or not be there at all.

This year’s deadline for entry is 30 September.

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