© Joe Ridley Beth Martin
NEW TAKES ON ENVIRONMENTAL PHOTOGRAPHY AWARD
For the 2021 edition, the Award has moved away from an annual theme to focus on contemporary affairs and highlight the "New Takes on Environmental Photography".
Since it was founded in 2004, the La Gacilly Photo Festival has been committed to helping photographers with the dissemination and financial reward of their work. The festival has also always placed the environment at the heart of its annual programme. Each year, over 300,000 people come to La Gacilly to discover French and international artists' photos, at an outdoor and free festival.
As privileged witnesses of major societal and environmental upheavals, photographers hone the way we see the environment and, very often, prompt a change of behaviour through their subjects, approach and aesthetics.
At the La Gacilly Photo Festival, we are convinced of the role of photography in what is the greatest collective challenge of our era. We address this award to professional photographers or those about to embark on a professional career, regardless of whether they approach photography from a visual arts, documentary or photojournalistic angle.
This year, the jury, made up of members of the La Gacilly Photo Festival and Fisheye teams, welcomed two guests: photographer Aglaé Bory and Tess Raimbeau, Picture Editor at Libération newspaper.
The three award winners – Imane Djamil, Florence Goupil and Brieuc Weulersse – offer contemporary interpretations and differing but complementary approaches to the issues that link humans to their environment. Through fiction and documentary, their work – in Morocco, Peru and Belgium – shares this collective questioning about the consequences and solutions linked to the great environmental challenge of our times.
This award was organised with the help of Fisheye Magazine and Agelia.
© Imane Djamil, Winner of the New Takes on Environmental Photography Award in 2021
"CLIMATE AND PHOTOGRAPHY, THE COMMITMENT OF AN ERA: "FISHEYE - LA GACILLY PHOTO FESTIVAL COMPETITION"
For the last five years, the La Gacilly Photo Festival and Fisheye have demonstrated their commitment to young humanist and environmental photography through a call for entries to their joint competition, which trains the spotlight on a new generation of photographers.
Since it was founded in 2004, the La Gacilly Photo Festival has held the protection of the environment close to its heart. Each year thanks to its programme, over 300,000 people come to La Gacilly to discover French and international artists' photos on the great environmental and social issues of our era.
For its 17th edition from June 1st to September 30th 2020, the Festival and Fisheye wanted to highlight those who are committed to helping the planet. All over the world, a new generation is taking part in great social movements, like Youth for Climate, and they have an unprecedented knowledge about ecology. Nowadays many people are changing their lifestyle, favouring self-sufficiency, and reducing their consumption in order to limit their environmental impact. Others choose political activism by organising blocades on giant polluting sites or to fight against environmentally destructive projects. And for some, the environment is a daily battle for the preservation of territories or cultures.
This competition was made possible thanks to the help of Fisheye Magazine, Agélia and Fotofever.
© David Bart, 2020 winner
Retrospective Fisheye x La Gacilly Photo Festival Competition 2020
By looking at major social issues from an artistic and aesthetic standpoint, situated at the crossroads of photojournalism and contemporary photography, the La Gacilly Photo Festival has been spotlighting major environmental and social issues for 18 years. As privileged witnesses of deep-seated change, photographers are the first to raise the alarm about the state of our world. Their work provides strong, striking and memorable images that illustrate the global crisis, alter the way we see the environment and, very often, provoke changes in our behaviour.
For the last five years, the La Gacilly Photo Festival and Fisheye have demonstrated their commitment to young humanist and environmental photography through a call for entries to their joint competition, which trains the spotlight on a new generation of photographers. Offering an original point of view, they are reinventing the iconography surrounding the environment and commitment to a cause. The ambition of the Festival is to support this new generation of photographers and co-examine how these climatic and human issues are represented [...]. Read more
© Julie Hascoet
" NEW FONTIERS " 2019 FISHEYE - LA GACILLY PHOTO COMPETITION
The La Gacilly Photo Festival and Fisheye teamed up for the 2019 edition and sent out a call for entries on the "New Frontiers" theme.
By looking at major social issues from an artistic and aesthetic standpoint, situated at the crossroads of photojournalism and contemporary photography, the La Gacilly Photo Festival has been spotlighting major environmental and social issues raised by globalisation for 18 years. Since 2018, the La Gacilly Photo Festival has acquired an international dimension with a sister event in Baden, Austria. Thus, the photographers that were selected in 2019 saw their work exhibited in 2020 at the La Gacilly-Baden Festival.
For the 2019 edition, Fisheye teamed up with the La Gacilly Photo Festival in order to raise questions about our world and lifestyles. Together, they sent out a call for entries to young humanist and environmental photographers on the New Frontiers theme.
New Frontiers speaks to this generation of artists who question the world of tomorrow through new interpretations, based on themes that are important to the Festival : the environment, the role of new technologies, rurality's place in a world in a state of increasing urbanisation, and the future of our territories …
© Charles Delcourt, 2019 winner
" Imprints" - 3rd edition - 2018 Fisheye La Gacilly Photo Competition
Since 2016 and in partnership with Fisheye, the La Gacilly Photo Festival has opened its doors to emerging photography, thus reasserting its support to contemporary photographic creation and its commitment in favour of the preservation of the environment.
The jury, made up of members of the La Gacilly Photo Festival, Fisheye teams and a photographer from the emerging photography gallery (Edouard Elias for the 2018 competition) selected three artists among the 400 or so applications they had received. The selected photographers' work was exhibited as part of the Festival programme, but also at the Arles Festival during the Rencontres photographiques.
True to its guiding principles in favour of the protection of the environment, the festival invited the candidates to work on the "Imprints" theme. A wide-ranged theme on the ecological impact made by mankind on the Earth. Questioning imprints also means thinking about the place occupied by photography as a medium: is it a sustainable tool?
© Joséphine Brueder, 2018 winner
2021 CALL FOR ENTRIES
THE 2021 CALL FOR ENTRIES IS OFFICIALLY OVER
A pre-selection led to 12 propositions which were announced on social media and then submited to a professional jury made up of:
Stéphanie Retière-Secret, Director of the La Gacilly Photo Festival
Cyril Drouhet, Exhibition Curator at the La Gacilly Photo Festival, Head of the Figaro Magazine photo department
Bastien Duval, New Takes on Environmental Photography Award coordinator
Éric Karsenty, Editor-in-chief for Fisheye Magazine
Anaïs Viand, Editor-in-chief for Fisheye Magazine – web
Jehan de Bujadoux, Director of the Fisheye Gallery
Tess Raimbeau, Iconographer for Libération
Aglaé Bory, Photographer
© Sébastien Leban, 2020 winner