The 11th Edition of the Carmignac Photojournalism Award is dedicated to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Also, to the human, social and ecological challenges it faces today. 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 largest rainforest after the Amazon; the world’s largest producer of cobalt and coltan (metals which have strategic importance for our electronic equipment), the second-largest producer of a diamond. But DR Congo, ripped apart by recurrent inter-community and political conflicts also accumulate misery, epidemics, and clashes.
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 abandonment, 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.
The Carmignac Photojournalism Award aims to support a journalistic and photographic project. Further, 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.
The selection of the laureate will take place in two stages:
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