This week on Photojournalism Now: Friday Round Up – the world of photography continues to evolve in the face of Covid-19. This week features the reimagined Carmignac Photojournalism Award which in 2020 is concerned with the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Plus The Independent Photographer’s 2020 Portrait Photography Award is now open for entries. Closes 31 May. Judged by acclaimed American photographer Dan Winters, the prize offers cash as well as the opportunity to exhibit in Berlin and Milan.
Carmignac Photojournalism Laureate Finbarr O’Reilly
Earlier this year Canadian-British photojournalist Finbarr O’Reilly was awarded the 11th Carmignac Photojournalism Award which in 2020 is focused on the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Annually the Carmignac Photojournalism Award funds the production of an investigative photo reportage on human rights violations, and geo-strategic issues.
In January O’Reilly began his reportage in DRC only to be halted by the pandemic a few weeks later.
The Fondation Carmignac team moved quickly to reimagine what this reportage project might look like in a period when travel was restricted.
Enter “Congo in Conversation” by Finbarr O’Reilly, a “collaborative online chronicle which, through close cooperation with Congolese journalists and photographers (as well as journalists of other nationalities based in the DRC), will address the human, social and ecological challenges that the Congo faces today with this new health crisis.” DRC is no stranger to disease having successful battled Ebola.
At present there are ten contributors in addition to O’Reilly. Some of the other photographers’ work to date includes:
“Relaying information via a dedicated website and social networks, “Congo in
Conversation” will provide an unprecedented stream of articles, photo reportages
and videos. Updated regularly, it will enable readers to discover how the DRC is
coping with this crisis and adapting to the realities that now shape all of our lives.”
This is a fascinating adaptation of the programme which made its debut on Visa pour l’image Instagram account at the end of April.
Who is Finbarr O’Reilly?
If you haven’t heard of O’Reilly he’s an independent photographer and multimedia journalist, and the author of the nonfiction memoir, Shooting Ghosts, A U.S. Marine, a Combat Photographer, and Their Journey Back from War (Penguin Random House 2017). His work is regularly published in The New York Times and he was named the Nobel Peace Prize exhibition photographer for 2019.
Finbarr, who is now based in Dublin, has spent much of the past 20 years working in conflict zones in the DRC, Chad, Sudan, Afghanistan, Libya, and Gaza. In 2013 his documentary film Ebola in the Congo won a Peabody Award. Somehow he’s managed to hold academic fellowships at Harvard, Yale, and Columbia University too!