The philosophy behind the competition

The jury will particularly be seeking a strong original viewpoint and a clear desire to offer a new vision of the world.

The prize will be awarded to a single winner once a year.

What could be more difficult for a young photographer than obtaining their first public recognition?

In order to stimulate the emergence of young talents, FIDAL is launching a competition for photographers who have not yet exhibited in a museum or major festival. This international competition is open to all fields of photography (reportage, fashion, portrait, still life, sport, nature, art etc.).

The winner’s project – which will take the form of the production of 15 photographs – can result in a book, an exhibition, an Internet site, a happening etc.

The timetable

From October to December

Submission of applications on the site


Jury deliberation

First week of January

Announcement of the winner

Who can enter ?

To participate, you must be under 40 years of age and have never exhibited in a museum or major festival.

Simply visit the “Submit application” page to submit:

  • Name the file with your first and last name, followed by “Fidal Youth.”
    E.g. lastnamefirstname_fidalyouth
  • Provide as comprehensive a description of yourself and your achievements as possible (age, studies, gallery representing you if applicable, book[s] published).
  • Give a detailed description of your series or portfolio.
  • Feel free to lay out your plans as far as how you would use the €5,000 grant if you were to finish first place.

Photographers may make as many entries as they wish.

What does the prize consist of?

The winner will be awarded a grant of 5000 euros in order to assist them in carrying out a project which they can choose in conjunction with the competition jury. The winner’s project – which will take the form of the production of a minimum of ten photographs – can result in a book, an exhibition, an Internet site, a happening etc.

The winner will also receive support from Fisheye magazine, the photography lifestyle magazine and FIDAL Photo partner, to carry out their project. They will also receive legal assistance from FIDAL in the form of pro bono advice on the challenges represented by their choice of project (intellectual property, contracts, personal status etc.) in order to help them progress in their professional career.

Dominique Davodet

Regional Director for FIDAL Paris

Catherine Auvolat


Eric Karsenty

Editor in Chief at Fisheye Magazine

Lionel Charrier

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Manon Lanjouère

Winner of the Youth Photography Awards in 2017

Marie-Alice Dias

External communications manager

Arantxa Vaillant

Head of the communication and sponsorship department for Jeu de Paume.

Anaïs Viand

Journalist at Fisheye Magazine

The jury

The Youth Photography Awards’ 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