11th Edition of the Carmignac Photojournalism Award dedicated to Human, Social and Ecological Challenges faced by DRC

Deadline: 16 October 2019

The 11th Edition of the Carmignac Photojournalism Award is now open dedicated to the human, social and ecological challenges Democratic Republic of the Congo is facing today.

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The Carmignac Photojournalism Award aims to support a journalistic and photographic project which will document these complex realities, but also address the grounds for hope for the 90 million inhabitants of the DRC, of which 60% are younger than 20 years old: education and public health initiatives; conservation initiatives for wildlife; and the fight against trafficking, corruption and the control of a few individuals and multinationals over mining exploitation.

Four times the size of France, this continent-sized country irrigated by the Congo River benefits from immense natural and mineral resources; the world’s lar-gest rainforest after the Amazon; the world’s largest producer of cobalt and coltan (metals which have strategic importance for our electronic equipment), the second lar-gest producer of diamonds. But the DR Congo, ripped apart by recurrent inter-com-munity and political conflicts, also accumulates misery, epidemics and clashes.

The DR Congo is one of the lowest countries in the Human Development Index (HDI) ranking. Its literacy level is rising, but public health is in a state of aban-donment, and violence towards women and children is endemic. Despite having the largest freshwater resource in Africa, it has the lowest level of access to drinkable water. It has one of the worst records in terms of transport infrastructure. It also tops the charts globally in terms of deforestation and the monopolization of land and raw materials.

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Prize Information

  • The laureate will receive a €50,000 grant to carry out a 6-month field report with the support of the Fondation Carmignac, which produces, upon their return, a travelling exhibition and the publication of a monograph.
  • At the end of each edition, four photographs left by the laureates join the Carmignac collection.

How to Apply

Applicants can apply via given website.

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For further information, please visit https://www.fondationcarmignac.com/en/project/democratic-republic-of-congo/

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