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Carmignac Photojournalism Award 2024: Southeast Asia

The 15th edition of the Carmignac Photojournalism Award focuses on Southeast Asia, highlighting human and environmental rights violations caused by illegal fishing and overfishing. The award supports the production of a 9-month investigative photo report documenting these violations and their consequences.

Interested photographers of all nationalities are invited to submit their applications.

A jury consisting of experts on the subject and contemporary photography will meet in Paris in September 2024 to select the winning project which will then run from October 2024 to May 2025 and after that will be the subject of a travelling exhibition and a dedicated website. The laureates receive a €50,000 grant to carry out their field report.

Details about this year’s call are available on the official website.

Since the mid-20th century, artisanal coastal fishing has given way to large-scale deep-sea industrial fishing, which affects all the seas of the world. To meet the exponential demand and face the competition, many players in the sector no longer hesitate to resort to used illegal fishing and overfishing practices with devastating consequences.

Today, 80% of the species suitable for consumption are fully exploited or overexploited, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Behind this out-of-control industry which is threatening biodiversity, human rights violations are increasing: deplorable working conditions, widespread forced labour and human trafficking are transforming many seas into no-go areas.

Southeast Asia, which has one of the most diverse marine ecosystems in the world, is the centre of gravity for global fisheries. According to SEAFDEC (the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center), the region contributed approximately 52% of the total output by fisheries in 2018, representing more than $21 billion. Today it is one of the areas most threatened by illegal fishing practices and human rights violations, particularly in the South China Sea, the Gulf of Thailand as well as the Philippine and Indonesian archipelagos.

Participation can be individual or collaborative. It is not necessary to have a press card to participate.

Founded in 2000 by Édouard Carmignac, the Fondation Carmignac is a corporate foundation structured around two main pillars: a contemporary art collection of more than 300 works, and the Carmignac Photojournalism Award that annually supports an investigative report that is the subject of an exhibition and a catalog.

To apply and for further details, please visit the official website.

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It's free to enter.