THE 8th CARMIGNAC PHOTOJOURNALISM AWARD: Slavery and the Trafficking of Women


The purpose of the Carmignac Photojournalism Award is to support the winning photojournalist in undertaking a photographic and investigative assignment, and providing a global platform for their work to be seen and collected. The Carmignac Foundation collaborates with the winner throughout the entire project by offering the laureate 50,000€ to go into the field, financing a monograph and developing and staging an international touring exhibition upon their return, in Paris and then in London at the Saatchi Gallery. Four photographs from this work will be integrated into the Carmignac Collection.

The 8th edition of the Carmignac photojournalism Award is devoted to modern day slavery and its incidence among 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 labor, 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 Villa, 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 jury of the 8th Edition of the Award, chaired by Monique Villa, CEO of Thomson Reuters Foundation and Founder of Trust Women, will meet in November 2016 in Paris.

The panel comprises:

- Elizabeth Avedon, Independent Curator specialized in photography books
- 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 Magazine
- Celina Lunsford, Artistic Director of the Fotografie Forum Frankfurt.

After the selection, the jury will meet the winning photographer in order to speak to him/her and to provide, if necessary, the support s/he will require throughout his/her project - from the preparation stage of the report, to its final exhibition.

The photographers must submit their projects before midnight (GMT) on Sunday 16th October 2016, by applying online on www.fondation-carmignac. com or at the following address:

Theme: #Slavery and the Trafficking of #Women
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