Twelfth edition of the ICRC’s Humanitarian Visa d’Or: Displaced people in focus
This award is part of the prestigious international photojournalism festival: Visa pour l'image, which is held every year in Perpignan (France). There, the winner will receive there the award: 8,000 euros to help finance future photographic projects.
Through this prize, the ICRC has two objectives: to highlight the work that photojournalists do every day in the field, but also and above all, to alert as many people as possible to the lack of respect for international humanitarian law around the world.
New theme for 2022
After four editions dedicated to the consequences or urban warfare, the theme of this 12th edition focuses on an issue on which the teams of the ICRC's regional delegation in Paris are working: people who have left their homes because of war, disaster or migration.
This year's theme is people who have left their homes because of war, disaster or migration.
Previously, from 2015 to 2017, the competition focused on women in war: sexual violence, women in detention, women searching for missing family members, the situation of female fighters or also women becoming single heads of household.
From 2011 to 2015, the award invited photojournalists to address the issue of health care in danger and respect for medical services during armed conflict and violence.
Antoine Agoudjian in 2021: The humanitarian impact of the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh
In 2021, the ICRC's Humanitarian Visa d'Or was awarded to French freelance photojournalist Antoine Agoudjian. His work, produced for Le Figaro Magazine, details the heavy toll paid by civilians as violence escalated in Nagorno-Karabakh, with heavy shelling and fighting in urban areas on both sides of the front line.
Alfredo Bosco in 2020: The consequences of the drug war in Guerrero, Mexico
In 2020, the ICRC's Humanitarian Visa d'Or was awarded to Italian freelance photojournalist Alfredo Bosco, working with the Milanese Luz agency.
His work, entitled Forgotten Guerrero, shows the war between cartels in Guerrero, Mexico's largest poppy-producing region. He highlights the consequences of the drug war for local people, including murder, extortion, displacement and forced disappearance.
Abdulmonam Eassa in 2019: The consequences of urban warfare in Eastern Ghouta, Syria
The ninth ICRC's Humanitarian Visa d'Or was awarded to 24-year-old Syrian photojournalist Abdulmonam Eassa, who fled Syria and took refuge in France.
In a series of ten photos, his award-winning work depicts the humanitarian consequences of the intense fighting that took place in Eastern Ghouta during 2018.
Who will win this year's prize and become a fellow Humanitarian Visa d'Or laureate alongside Catalina Martin-Chico (2011), Mani Y Benchellah (2012), Sebastiano Tomada (2013), William Daniels (2014), Diana Z. Alhindawi (2015), Juan Arredondo (2016), Angela Ponce-Romero (2017), Véronique de Viguerie (2018), Abdulmonam Eassa (2019), Alfredo Bosco (2020)?