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Canon Female Photojournalist Award 2016 for Female Professional Photojournalists of Any Age: Submit Application Dossier before 17 May 2016

The following video presents Story behind the Images with Photojournalist Véronique de Viguerie:

“Being a woman … you never represent a threat. You can ask much more than if you are a man without looking disrespectful.”

French photojournalist Veronique de Viguerie discusses some of her iconic work on the pirates of Somalia and what it is like working as a female photojournalist in Muslim countries – including photographing the Taliban in Afghanistan.

Viguerie provides an insight to her career, discusses some of her iconic and unique work on the pirates of Somalia, what it is like working as a woman photojournalists in Muslim countries – including photographing the Taliban in Afghanistan – and tells us about one of her most memorable assignments.

Veronique de Viguerie (born 1978) is a French photographer based in Paris. Having completed a master’s degree in law, she travelled to England to study photojournalism. She spent 3 years living and working in Afghanistan, and since 2006 has been covering stories around the world, including in Iraq, Lebanon, Somalia, India, Bangladesh, Israel, Kashmir, Cameroon, Algeria, Guatemala, etc. She bravely takes on these challenging assignments and personal projects in some of the most dangerous places on the planet, often working with her French journalist friend and colleague Manon Querouil.
Veronique’s work is regularly published in Newsweek, the New York Times, Stern, Paris Match, GEO, Figaro magazine, Marie Claire, The Guardian, La Repubblica, and has been printed in countless other titles.

In 2006 she won the Canon prize for the Female Photojournalist of the Year, the Lagardere Grant for Young Talent, and released her first book about Afghanistan: “Regards Croises”, published by Hachette.

In summer 2008 Veronique shot a cover story for Paris Match in Afghanistan attracting international attention, on a group of Taliban militants who had ambushed and killed French troops. She followed that up a few months later with a feature on the pirates in Somalia, completed just as the topic began to make the headlines around the world. The completed pirate project has subsequently been published in over 40 titles around the world, in over 20 countries.

Since then her work has included coverage of oil piracy in Nigeria, social issues in Afghanistan, women’s rights group FEMEN, the hunt for the LRA and the Great Lakes region of Africa (for which HBO featured her for an episode of their series ‘Witness’), mass grave forensic work in Abkhazia, and recently landmines in the Balkans.

In 2010, she won the prize for Best War Reportage at the Bayeux-Calvados Festival for War Correspondents, and in 2011 she had her second book published in collaboration with French journalist Manon Querouil, with whom she frequently collaborates, called “Carnets de Reportage du XXIe Siecle”, a travelogue of her many trips abroad as a photojournalist.

Canon, in association with Images Evidence, invites professional female photojournalists to submit an application to the Canon Female Photojournalist Award.


  • The award is 8 000 euros (9112.80 US Dollar at the current exchange rate), endowed by Canon.
  • The winner will receive the award at Visa pour l’Image 2016 in  Perpignan, France during the evening show on Saturday, September 3; and the project will be presented in Perpignan at the 2017 festival. An exhibition of the 2015 winner, Anastasia Rudenko, will feature her report on mental illness in Russia as part of the 2016 program.
  • The Award is also supported by Elle Magazine.

Article 2 – Objective

The Canon Female Photojournalist Award is presented to a female photojournalist in activity who wishes to cover a social, economic, political or cultural subject in a journalistic manner, on presentation of a dossier, including the documents and works stipulated in Article 5 at (pdf).

  • The Award will be given to an individual photojournalist and not to a group, without any consideration of her nationality.
  • The Award is given in order to allow the winner to carry out the photo-reportage which has been presented for the Award.


  • Applicants must be female.
  • Applicants must have completed at least one photo-reportage (published or unpublished).
  • Applicants must be professional photojournalists.
  • Applicants must be able to write and speak in French or English.


  • Entry is FREE. The application dossier must be sent no later than May 17, 2016 and must be sent without acknowledgement of receipt to the following FTP:
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  • The jury, which will be made up of people in the profession, will give the Award based on the professional qualities of the applicant and the relevance and originality of the project.

The applicant agrees that, should she obtain the Canon Female Photojournalist Award:

  • “She will include the title « Winner of the Canon Female Photojournalist Award » in the photo-reportage and in all communication connected with it and that she will keep Canon and Images Evidence informed about the progress of the project and what results she has obtained.”
  • “She also agrees to let the Images Evidence and/or Canon present her photographs financed with the award, for an exhibition of the works of the award winners, and the publication of a catalogue.
  • She will not present the same project for any other Award until the Visa Pour l’Image – Perpignan Festival 2017, when her work financed by the award will be exhibited or presented during an evening show.”
  • “She will be in Perpignan on the 3rd of September 2016 to attend the evening projection of the 28th International Festival of Photojournalism « Visa pour l’Image-Perpignan », where she will be presented with the Award by representatives of Canon.”
  • “The Applicant agrees to finish her photo-reportage by the 15th of April 2017 at the latest, to enable her work to be available for exhibition or showing evening during the 29th International Festival of Photojournalism « Visa pour l’Image-Perpignan » which will take place during the first two weeks of September 2017.”
  • “In 2016, ELLE Magazine is sustaining the present award. ELLE Magazine may publish the winner’s report, since the period of the 2017 Festival Visa pour l’Image. The winner agrees to be eventually published and will discuss, if it happens, the terms of the contract with the magazine’s team.
  • “The Winner agrees not to reapply for a period of 5 years. Under no circumstances will the Award be given to the same applicant two years running.”

For more important info, and to read the complete Entry Rules 2016, please visit (pdf).

For further information:

Good Luck! / Bonne chance!


March 2016

Canon France, in association with Images-Evidence, has announced that the 16th annual Canon Female Photojournalist Award is now open for entries. Female professional photojournalists of any age and nationality are invited to submit an application to the award by 17 May 2016…

In June, the jury will select a winner based on applicants’ submitted photo-reportage and a future photojournalistic project. Canon France will grant the winning female photojournalist €8,000 for the completion of a planned project on a social, economical, political or cultural subject. The winner will be announced on 3 September during the 28th edition of Visa pour l’Image festival in Perpignan, France.

An exhibition of the work of the 2015 award winner – Russian freelance photojournalist Anastasia Rudenko – showing images from her report on mental illness in Russia will feature as part of the exhibition programme of the 2016 Visa pour l’Image festival.

Other previous winners of the Canon Female Photojournalist Award include:

2015 – Anastasia Rudenko
2014 – Viviane Dalles
2013 – Mary F. Calvert
2012 – Sarah Caron
2011 – Ilvy Njiokiktjien
2010 – Martina Bacigalupo
2009 – Justyna Mielnikiewicz
2008 – Brenda Anne Kenneally
2007 – Axelle de Russé
2006 – Veronique de Viguerie
2005 – Claudia Guadarrama
2004 – Kristen Ashburn
2003 – Ami Vitale
2002 – Sophia Evans
2001 – Magali Delporte

In addition to Canon France and Images-Evidence, ELLE Magazine also supports the Canon Female Photojournalist Award. To find out more about the 2016 Canon Female Photojournalist Award and download the rules and an application form to enter, please click here.

Please note: the final deadline for entries is 17 May 2016.

The following video presents Celebrating Visa Pour L’Image, the world’s most important photojournalism festival:

“With my photojournalism I want to connect people with the people in my images and get a greater understanding of what is happening somewhere else in the world.” — Award-winning Getty Images Reportage photographer Daniel Berehulak, whose work covering Ebola for the New York Times was exhibited at the 2015 Visa Pour L’Image festival of photojournalism.

For nearly 30 years Visa Pour L’Image has brought together people from all over the world, who share a passion for photojournalism and the importance it holds in our society. Discover what the festival is all about and why Getty Images is so honored to support the men and women of this community.