The 13th edition of the Carmignac Photojournalism Award (Prix Carmignac du photojournalisme) will focus on Ghana and the ecological and social challenges the country faces.
Selected by an international jury, 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 traveling exhibition and the publication of a monograph.
Although a benchmark in West Africa for its political stability and multiple political parties, the cradle of pan-Africanism must confront its proliferating open dumps —such as Agbogbloshie, where nearly 80,000 people reside. The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has identified Ghana as one of the world’s top sites of electronic waste.
International law mobilized to limit the transport of hazardous waste with the Basel Convention in 1992, followed by the Bamako Convention in 1998. Yet no change has been implemented. Swayed by lower costs, Western Europe is one of the regions that exports the most illegal waste today—nearly 600,000 tonnes per year—despite having its own efficient recycling centres.
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 challenge the utopia of a common world championed since independence.
The Carmignac Photojournalism Award will provide support for a photojournalistic project that documents this volatile social crisis.
The jury & pre-jury
The jury will meet in Paris in November 2022.
James Barnor – CHAIR, Photographer
Dr. Kees Baldé, Senior Scientific Specialist, United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)
Lars Lindemann, Director of Photography and deputy visual director at GEO and PM
Vera D. Kwakofi,Senior News Editor, Commissioning with the BBC World Service, responsible for the BBC’s International TV Operations in Africa
Azu Nwagbogu, Independent curator, Director and Founder of African Artists’ Foundation and LagosPhoto Festival
Alona Pardo, Curator, Barbican Art Gallery
The 12th laureate of the Carmignac Photojournalism Award
The pre-jury has the task of pre-selecting between 12 and 15 proposals.
Nicolas Jimenez, Director of Photography, Le Monde
Mikko Takkunen, Photo Editor, The New York Times international desk
Fiona Shields, Director of Photography, The Guardian
The selection of the laureate will take place in two stages:
1. The pre-jury, made up of directors of photography, has the task of selecting between 12 and 15 proposals from those received.
2. The jury, consisting of specialists in photography and in the given theme, chooses a winning project. At the end of the selection process, the jury meets the laureate to talk about their project and, if necessary, to provide the support needed throughout the duration of their project – from the preparation of the reportage to its final exhibition.
The photographers will need to submit their application before Monday, October 17th, 2022 at 11:59 PM (GMT) at:
About the Carmignac Photojournalism Award
In 2009, while media and photojournalism faced an unprecedented crisis, Edouard Carmignac created the Carmignac Photojournalism Award to support photographers in the field. Every year, it funds the production of an investigative photo reportage on human rights violations and geo-strategic issues in the world. The Fondation Carmignac provides the laureate with financial and human resources to carry out their project and produces both a monograph and a traveling exhibition, aiming to shed light on the crises and challenges which the contemporary world is facing. At the end of each edition, four photographs bequeathed by the laureates are included in the Carmignac collection.
Selected by an international jury, the laureates 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 traveling exhibition and the publication of a monograph (lastest release: ‘Congo, A Sublime struggle’ by Finbarr O’Reilly).