The Pierre & Alexandra Boulat Grant
In order to to assist photojournalists struggling with the economic hardships associated with this profession, the Association is promoting an annual Grant, endowed by Canon France.
The award is presented to a professional photographer of any age, sex or nationality who wishes to cover a social, economic, political or cultural issue in a journalistic manner, on presentation of a dossier. The Award is given in order to allow the winner to produce a story that has never been told but that the photographer cannot find support for within the media.
The grant is attibuted every year, during the festival Visa pour l’Image à Perpignan. Depending on the quality of the work done, it can be either exhited or projected during the festival, a year later, and exhibited at the Cosmos Galerie in Paris with a catalogue printed. Former winners of the award were:
Year 2014: Kosuke Okahara. to end his 10 years project on drug in Columbia “Any Given Day” which shows the never ending cycle of violence in Cali. Cali is the center of cocaine production ranked one of the top 10 highest homicide rate cities in the world. Kosuke would like to focus on the daily life of the new generation of gangsters who, after the Cali Cartel disappeared started forming small narco groups fighting each other.
Year 2013: Arnau Bach with his project on “Marseille”. After a fantastic work done by Arnau on Paris suburbs, he wants to explore Marseille, its poor suburbs, stigmatized for criminality, the traditional fishing sector which has seen its share of the port diminished and the inhabitants who have been forced to leave the popular areas of the centre.
Year 2012: Maciek Nabrdalik with his project “Economic migrations”.
Maciek investigates in Portugal, where due to the crisis the immigration has increased by 40%. He concentrates on Anabela, a young artist who decided to turn her back to her life in Lisbon and start a new life in London. He also plans to investigate Greece which is facing the risk of millions of people to loose their jobs, who will probably look for work abroad and Italy, which is the second in endbtedness among Euro nations.
Year 2010 : Lizzie Saadin with her project: “Promised land, promised women” featuring women and minors, victims of trafficking in Israel. Each year from 3 000 to 5 000 women and girls victims of trafficking are brought into Israel to work, mainly in the sex industry.
Year 2009 : Masie Crow with her project: “Lost in the cycle of poverty”. The emotion effects poverty can have on an indivudal, through the eyes of one young woman, April, living below the poverty line in Southeast Ohio, as she comes of age in a life style that is not easily escaped.
Year 2008 : Jean Chung with her project : “tears in Congo”. Jean has been following some of the women who in Congo, have suffered violiation from men and show the physioogical and psychological consequences of their trauma.
2014 - Kosuke Okahara
2013 - Arnau Bach
2012 - Maciek Nabrdalik
2010 - Lizzie Saadin
2009 - Masie Crow
2008 - Jean Chung