The French Association of Women Journalists (AFJ) and Canon France, in association with Images-Evidence, are launching the 10th annual Canon Female Photojournalist Award that’s open to female photojournalists of any age and nationality.
The award is supported by Le Figaro Magazine and Canon France will grant the winning photographer €8,000 to help her to complete a photojournalistic project that is social, economic, political or cultural.
A jury made up of photography and press professionals, and members of the AFJ, will select the winner in June 2010. Submissions will be judged on the presentation of their project and their previous work. The selection criteria includes the quality of the photographs, the journalistic thinking behind the project and the relevance of the chosen subject.
The winner will receive the award during the 2010 Visa pour l’Image international festival of photojournalism in Perpignan, France and will then continue with a project that will lead to an exhibition or screening at Visa pour l’Image in 2011.
Freelance photojournalist Justyna Mielnikiewicz (Poland/Georgia) won the 2009 award with her ongoing project ‘Shared Sorrow, Divided Lines’ which documents the conflicts of the Caucasus regions of the former Soviet republics. The other eight previous winners of the Canon AFJ Award were Brenda Anne Kenneally, Axelle de Russé, Veronique de Viguerie, Claudia Guadarrama, Kristen Ashburn, Ami Vitale, Sophia Evans and Magali Delporte.
To download rules and an application form for the Canon AFJ Award please click here. The final deadline for applications is 31 May 2010.