The philosophy behind the competition

This exceptionally long germination period, which is unique in the context of a photography competition, enables the winner to create a long-term project.

Documentary photography is a long-term undertaking and does not necessarily echo current events. It is the fruit of a personal vision, but one which is crucial to the world.

FIDAL has chosen to create a competition to promote this form of photography by aiding a photographer to produce their work on a subject imbued with meaning.

The winner will be awarded a grant of 20,000 euros. This grant will enable them to complete their project within a period of two years. The winner will also be provided with legal assistance from FIDAL during these two years.

The timetable

From the 5th of April to the 25th of May

Submission of applications on the site

Mid-June

Jury deliberation

During the week of the 3rd of July

Announcement of the winner

Who can enter?

This competition is open to all photographers having already completed a number of projects and proposing a complete reportage project in the field of documentary photography – i.e. one linked to reality.

Five finalists will be selected and interviewed by a jury composed of photography professionals and FIDAL members. Following these interviews, the jury will select a winner from among the five finalists.

What does the prize consist of?

The winner will be awarded a grant of 20,000 euros. This grant will enable them to complete their project within a period of two years.

It will also be promoted in Fisheye magazine, the photography lifestyle magazine and FIDAL Photo partner. The winner will also be provided with legal assistance from FIDAL during these two years.

Dominique Davodet

Fidal associate director

Catherine Auvolat

Lawyer

Éric Karsenty

Editor in chief of "Fisheye Magazine"

Philippe Chancel

2017 Winner

Elisabeth Bonan

FIDAL Lawyer

Rémy Fenzy

Director of l'école national supérieure de la photographie d'Arles

Mélanie Grassi

Art historian and modern and contemporary art dealer

The jury

The FIDAL Prize for Documentary Photography’s jury is made up of professionnal photographers as well as members of FIDAL’s office. The jury, which is attached to identifying emerging talents, will assess the artistic personality of each and every candidate as well as their originality and the uniqueness of their viewpoint.

Discover the jury of previous editions