Nat Geo France Launches International Photojournalism Contest

Picture of a demonstrator with a bomb in Palestine
A Palestinian demonstrator throws a petrol bomb towards Israeli security forces during clashes in the West Bank city of Hebron on April 4, 2013. (Photograph by AFP/Marco Lonagri)

Update: Last call to all the professional photographers of the world—there’s only one week left to enter the photojournalism competition! You can submit your best photos until January 31st on Fipcom’s website to enter the Fujairah-sponsored contest in partnership with National Geographic France. We’ve already received breathtaking features from Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, the fall of the Egyptian government, the Wimbledon championship finals, and events in Turkey, Brazil, Iraq, Peru, and more. The winner will get 10,000 euros and their photographs will be shown in an exhibit in Paris. Click here for more information.


The Emirate of Fujairah, in partnership with National Geographic France and Agence France-Press, is launching the Fujairah International Photo Competition. As the editor-in-chief of the magazine in France, I think this is an exciting opportunity because now, more than ever, we need photographers to capture live news on the world stage.

The contest is open to all professional photographers and the overall winner will receive a trophy and a cash prize of 10,000€. Participants will be able to compete in five categories: news, environment, economy, sport, and reportage. Each category winner (one per category) will receive a Nikon D800 digital SLR camera. Their work will also be displayed in two month-long exhibitions, one in the heart of Paris, and the second in the Emirate of Fujairah. More information about the contest is already available on the official website, Participants can submit their photos—taken in 2013—through the website beginning on January 1, 2014 until the 31st.

The five categories of the competition include:

  • News. Pictures covering major news topics and their aftermaths in areas such as politics, economics, conflict, social tension, relief and reconstruction work, and crime.
  • Environment. Pictures documenting how social, environmental, and health issues are affecting society and people’s lives today.
  • Sport. Pictures capturing defining moments during major sporting events or top-level contests.
  • Economy. Pictures documenting how the economy or economical issues are affecting people’s lives and society today.
  • Reportage. A series of five pictures about a defined subject. Pictures must be placed in a precise order to make sense.
Picture of Les Docks-Cité de la Mode et du Design in Paris
The winning photo will be displayed in an exhibit at Les Docks-Cité de la Mode et du Design in Paris. (Photograph by Jakob + Macfarlane, Thibaut Vankemel-Agence Les Barbus)

Located in Paris on the banks of the river Seine, Les Docks – Cité de la Mode et du Design will host the award ceremony in early March and display an exhibition of the winner’s work from March 14th to April 14th. With its bold, undulating architecture, and its vocation as a center focusing on culture, creativity and design, the Docks have become one of Paris’ most remarkable landmarks.

Click here for news and updates about the competition, including how to enter. Good luck!


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Meet the Author
Trained journalist Jean-Pierre Vrignaud, 49, started his career in the french dailies Ouest-France (regional) and Liberation (national) before working in magazines. He was copy editor for Rebondir magazine and books (careers and jobs), deputy editor-in-chief of Max Magazine (lifestyle for men), and a contributor to Science & avenir (pop science), Quo, 60 millions de consommateurs, L’entreprise en solo, Courrier Cadres, and Paris Match. In 2004, he joined Prismamedia for Ça M’intéresse Magazine, and was in charge of the Culture sections. In 2010, he took part in the launch of the magazine Ça M’intéresse Histoire, where he now holds the post of Deputy Editor-in-Chief. In September 2013, he was also named editor-in-chief of National Geographic France.