Awards and recognition
One of the highlights at Visa pour l’Image are the annual awards and grants which are presented, and these began on Wednesday 31 August in the Campo Santo, before the evening screenings got underway.
The Awards began with the first presentation being made to Dutch photographer Ingetje Tadros, winner of this year’s ANI-PixPalace Award for her study on Aboriginal culture in Australia, entitled ‘This is my country.’
For the past sixteen years, the ANI (Association Nationale des Iconographes) has been organizing presentations of portfolios during the professional week at Visa Pour l'Image, and has now helped more than 300 photographers from a wide range of backgrounds, providing guidance and advice. At the end of the festival, the ANI forms a jury to select three award winners from a short-list of “favorite choices,” and then the first prize for the ANI-PixPalace award.
Born in the Netherlands but living in Broome, Australia, Ingetje Tadros will receive the ANI award with prize money of €5000, sponsored by PixPalace.
Next up was recognition for Jaka Gaskar and Bojon Velikonja, winners of the Visa d’Or Daily Press Award for their story ‘Behind the Fence of Hope and Future’, an essay on the refugee crisis in Slovenia. Accepting the award on their behalf was fellow Slovenian photographer Matic Zorman.
The final awards for the Wednesday culminated in the presentation of the Carmignac Foundation Photojournalism Award, now in its seventh year. Congratulations went to Pulitzer prizewinning photojournalist Narciso Contreras from Mexico, for his essay on Libya.
The Carmignac Photojournalism Award, founded in 2009, provides support and promotion for a future photographic report featuring investigative journalism and focusing attention on parts of the world where human rights and freedom of expression are often violated.
The awards were concluded with an obituary to Marc Riboud and also to young photojournalist Leila Alaoui, a French-Moroccan photographer who died after a terrorist attack in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso in January this year.