Launch of the Terre solidaire photo prize

On Monday, October 3, CCFD-Terre solidaire launched the first edition of the Terre solidaire photo prize for humanist and environmental photography. Under the honorary presidency of Sebastião Salgado, the prize, endowed with an envelope of €50,000, will be shared between three photographers whose work highlights women and men who fight for a fairer world.

Participation is open to all professional photographers, regardless of age or nationality. Applications can be submitted online until December 4, 2022. The choice of the jury, made up of photography, photojournalism and international solidarity professionals, will be announced in February 2023.

A personal project and a report order

The winner of the grand prize will benefit from an endowment of €30,000 to pursue a personal documentary project. Project which will be exhibited at the La Gacilly festival in the summer of 2024. The two other winners will be rewarded with an endowment of €10,000 each. The international partners of CCFD-Terre solidaire will give each of the three winners a remunerated report order, to be produced during the spring of 2023.

“This prize was thought of as the meeting between the causes promoted by CCFD-Terre solidaire and support for the world of photography.It has a threefold dimension: recognizing the journey of a photographer, supporting the continuation of the work undertaken and inviting photographers to join the fights of CCFD-Terre solidaire”, says Matthieu Chanut, head of cultural projects at CCFD-Terre solidaire.

“The Earth is for All” by Sebastião Salgado

Since its creation in 1961, CCFD-Terre Solidaire has regularly collaborated with photographers to bear witness to its action throughout the world. In 1974, the CCFD-Terre solidaire bought from the then beginner photographer Sebastião Salgado a photo taken in Niger to illustrate their campaign “The land belongs to all”. Thanks to this sale, Sebastião Salgado will be able to invest in professional equipment and successfully embark on a career as a photojournalist.

For its first edition, the Terre solidaire photo prize chose to take up this emblematic image and invited its author to chair it: I don’t believe a photo can change the world. But I believe that a photo is part of a broader discourse which, with humanitarian organizations, with an information system and with a whole universe of solidarity, can help change the world. » See you in February 2023 to find out the names of the three winners.

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