The three winners of the 5th edition of the AFD Photography Prize received their awards this evening at a ceremony held at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie . The AFD Photography Prize for professionals was launched in 2012. It raises the awareness of a broader public about the development challenges of countries in the South and pays tribute to the essential work of committed photographers.
- AFD/Polka Prize for the Best Photo Report Project
Pascal Maitre for “Quand l’Afrique s’éclairera” (“Africa: Light for the Future”)
Prize: EUR 15,000 of financing for a report, its publication in Polka magazine and an exhibition at MEP + touring
Through composite satellite images, the northern hemisphere draws our attention to a “luminous pollution” while Africa seems “switched off”. In rural areas, 7% of inhabitants have access to electricity on this continent. Yet Africa has inexhaustible resources – sun, wind and water – which could generate electricity on a large scale. This report aims to highlight the challenges and importance of access to electricity in Africa.
Pascal Maître started his career as a photojournalist in 1979 when he joined the editorial team of Jeune Afrique Group, Africa’s leading press group. He has since been working for international magazines such as Géo and Life. His many reports take him all over the world, from Siberia to South America, including Afghanistan, with a predilection for Africa. He has been travelling the length and breadth of the African continent for over thirty years in order to cover this multifaceted Africa: nature, beliefs, the economic aspect and work, the conflicts and their consequences, but also the nightlife, because life never stands still in Africa.
- AFD/Libération Special Prize for the Best Photo Report
Corentin Fohlen for “Les Possibilités d’une île” (“The Possibilities of an Island”)
Crédit ©Corentin Fohlen
Prize: EUR 5,000 + publication in Libération
Haiti is all too often put down as being a cursed, poor and violent country, but it is much more than that. Far from these clichés, there is another dimension to this country which is seldom explored and revealed. Times are changing and operations are being implemented to attract tourists and investors. It is this beautiful image of hope that Corentin Fohlen shows in the report he made between January 2015 and October 2016.
Crédit ©Valerie Baeriswyl
Corentin Fohlen discovered photography while he was studying drawing. After having covered French and international news for over eight years: conflict in North Kivu, Afghanistan, revolution in Ukraine and Bangkok, riots in the Paris suburbs and in Athens, earthquake in Haiti, Arab revolutions in Egypt and Libya, first free elections in Tunisia, famine in the Horn of Africa… he decided to start a long-term work project in Haiti.
Since 2012, he has been conducting reflection on the consequences of the international takeover of the country.
- AFD/Nikon Grand Prix for the Best Multimedia Work
Anne Paq for “ Obliterated Families ”
Crédit ©Anne Paq
Prize: Nikon D500 reflex digital camera + DX 16-80 mm lens
The Israeli offensive, which lasted 51 days in the Gaza Strip in 2014, left 2,200 people dead, 11,000 injured and 100,000 people homeless. The war, followed so closely by the media, has been measured, numbered, counted. But beyond these figures, entire families have been destroyed. No figures can be put on the loss of a loved one, the bombing of a family home, or the trauma after the ceasefire. Yet for those who survive, once the war has finished, this is when the struggle begins.
This documentary is a long-term project telling personal stories, with memories of the Gaza Strip of the families whose lives were shattered during that summer of 2014.
Anne Paq is a French freelance photographer and has been based in Palestine since 2003. She is a member of Activestills, a group of committed photographers, which works on documenting political and social subjects.
Since 2010, she has focused her photographic work on the Gaza Strip and on capturing the daily lives of Palestinians under the occupation, refugees and displaced persons, the Barrier and its impact on communities, as well as popular resistance to the occupation.
Her photos are exhibited all over the world, including at the United Nations.