The 8th Carmignac Photojournalism Award - Slavery and the Trafficking of Women

Publish Date: Oct 14, 2016

Deadline: Oct 16, 2016

About the award

The 8th edition of the Carmignac photojournalism Award is devoted to modern day slavery and its incidence amongst women.

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) estimates that there are more than 2.5 million victims of modern day slavery, and women make up the majority of this number. According to Amnesty International, women represent 80% of the victims of human trafficking, of whom nearly 50% are minors. The types of exploitation are numerous: sexual, forced labour, domestic slavery…

Women are all the more vulnerable in situations where they have little protection. The countries of South and South-East Asia as well as those of Central Europe and the ex-USSR are the principal purveyors of these modernday slaves. Although abduction is the most common route into slavery, women are also sold by their own families or entrapped into joining the networks of traffickers.

Armed conflicts exacerbate discriminatory and violent behaviour towards women. In Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey, numerous camps of Syrian refugees have emerged. These refugees provide easy prey for networks on the lookout for ‘merchandise’. In Nigeria, in the Darfur region of western Sudan and in the Democratic Republic of Congo, women and girls are subject to abductions carried out to provide their kidnappers with sexual or domestic slaves

Chaired by Monique Vila, CEO of the Thomson Reuters Foundation and Founder of Trust Women, the 8th edition of the Carmignac photojournalism Award aims to make visible these forms of modern day slavery, by supporting a project with the potential to become a tool for reflection and concrete change in the fight against the trafficking of women.

The panel comprises: 

  • Elizabeth Avedon, independent curator specialized in photography
  • Francesca Fabiani, Photography Special Projects, Department for Contemporary Art and Architecture, Ministry of Culture, Italy
  • Thierry Grillet, Chief Curator of Bibliothèque nationale de France (BNF)
  • Olivier Laurent, Editor-in-chief of Time Lightbox
  • Élisabeth Quin, journalist, writer and Arte TV Presenter (28 Minutes)
  • The Laureate of the 7th edition, currently working in Libya

The pre-selection jury, whose task is to shortlist 12 to 15 submissions from all applications received, consists of: 

  • Patrick Baz, photojournalist
  • Dimitri Beck, Photo Director at Polka 
  • Celina Lunsford, Artistic Director of the Fotografie Forum Frankfurt

Selection Method 

The winner is selected in two stages:

Stage One - the Pre-selection Jury: consisting of experts in photography, the Media and the art world, the members of the pre-selection Jury have the task of selecting 12 to 15 submissions from those received.

Stage Two - the Jury: consisting of leading experts in the region, armed conflict and contemporary visual media, the Jury's task is to select a winning project.

Following the selection, the Jury will meet the winning photographer to hear their thoughts and provide, where necessary, the support they will need throughout their project - from preparations for the assignment to the accompanying exhibition of their work.

Submission guidelines

The application must include:

  • A comprehensive document outlining proposed project
  • 8 to 15 captioned photographs from a single series or news story, which can (but does not have to) be connected with the theme
  • A portfolio of 10 captioned photographs providing a representative sample of the photographer's work
  • A full Curriculum Vitae (age, contact details, training/education, previous reports, publications, exhibitions)

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