Carmignac Photojournalism Award: The Trap

Talk Wednesday 6th June 2018, 7:00 PM
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The Frontline Club presents a selection of work by the photographer Lizzie Sadin, the 8th Laureate of the Carmingac Photojournalism Award, documenting and revealing the women who have fallen victim to human trafficking in Nepal.

Emeric Glayse, director of the award and journalist Annie Kelly will speak with Sadin about her experience as a photographer documenting the brutal reality of modern slavery and the trafficking of women in Nepal, as well as previous work on women issues that are often overlooked.

Supported by Fondation Carmignac to undertake research in Nepal and produce a photo reportage, Sadin explored how the trafficking and forced prostitution of women are not only a result of economic poverty but also partly embedded in social and cultural practices. After the devastating 2015 earthquake that killed 9,000 people and displaced 650,000 others, the lives of many Nepalese have been shattered. Unemployment and the precariousness of living conditions have risen dramatically since then, leading to an increase in trafficking, notably of women. Trafficked women live in fear of regular physical and psychological abuse as well as symbolic violence, which are sometimes perpetrated by family members themselves. The current social context and its underlying values need evolving for human rights violations to stop in Nepal.

Fondation Carmignac launched the Carmignac Photojournalism Award in 2009 with the aim of supporting and celebrating photojournalism. This unique award funds a photographer to explore an area of the world where human rights are violated. Endowed with 50,000 euros, the Carmignac Photojournalism Award enables the Laureate to produce a report with support from Fondation Carmignac, which funds a touring exhibition and the publication of a monograph.

Between May and June Lizzie’s photographs will be shown at the Saatchi Gallery.


Annie Kelly  is an award-winning human rights journalist for the Guardian and Observer. She is editor of the Guardian’s Modern-day slavery in focus series. She has also reported for Channel 4’s Unreported World current affairs documentary strand and writes for a range of other international magazines and publications including the Observer magazine, Marie Claire, The First Post and the New Statesman. Annie previously worked as the Guardian’s stringer in Argentina and has reported for both the Guardian and Observer from countries including Pakistan, Nicaragua, Uganda, Peru, Liberia, South Africa, Ethiopia, India and Bangladesh.  She also works as a writer and consultant for UN agencies and international NGOs. Previous clients have included UN Women, UNAIDS, Save the Children, ActionAid, Help Age International and WaterAid.


Lizzie Sadin is a french photographer who has devoted the first ten years of her career to socio-educational issues and has developed a singular outlook to report on the world around her. Inspired by Humanist photographers, she decided to focus on photography in 1992 and contributes to reporting on issues that are too often overlooked. She joined Robert Doisneau’s Rapho agency in 1994 and concentrated on in-depth human rights reportages. She has explored a variety of topics through which she has developed a strong interest in the trafficking of women.

Emeric Glayse was appointed Director of the Carmignac Photojournalism Award in 2015. Since joining the Fondation Carmignac, he has organized the exhibitions and published the books Blank pages of an Iranian photo album by Newsha Tavakolian (2015), Colony by Christophe Gin (2015) and Libya: A human marketplace by Narciso Contreras (2016) and he curated the Photojournalism Award retrospective 2009-2015 at Saatchi Gallery (2015).

In 2016, Glayse and the Fondation Carmignac took a particular attention within the frame of the 7th edition in order to ensure that, in network with consultants and NGOs, all necessary tools are gathered to successfully carry out the investigation.


Photo Credit: Lizzie Sadin for Fondation Carmignac