Call for applications for the 2024 “Lucas Dolega - SAIF” RSF Photo Prize

The call for applications for the “Lucas Dolega-SAIF” Reporters Without Borders (RSF) Photo Prize opens today, 17 June, and will continue for one month. Reserved for professional photojournalists, this prize aims to support and encourage their work in difficult conditions or high-risk areas.

The Reporters Without Borders (RSF) Prize is awarded at the end of each year to journalists or media outlets that have made a significant contribution to the defence or promotion of press freedom around the world. From 2023 onwards, a Photo Prize will also be awarded, representing – after “Courage,” “Impact” and “Independence” – the 4th category of the RSF Prize.

Called the “Lucas Dolega-SAIF” Prize in memory of a young photojournalist killed in 2011, this prize will be awarded to a photographer who, through their personal commitment, their involvement in the field and the quality of their work, has contributed to press freedom.

Call for applications from 17 June 2024

Closing date for applications: 17 July 2024

Conditions for participating:

The photo-reportage must have been carried out between 17 June 2023 and 17 June 2024. 

The sum of 10,000 euros will be awarded to the winner of the Prize, thanks to the support of the Society of Authors of Visual Arts and Fixed Images (SAIF). The winning reportage will also be published in RSF’s "100 photos for press freedom" collection. 

For each reportage submitted (a maximum of two per participant), the application must contain all of the following elements:

  • Numbered photos (a selection of 10 to 20 photos / jpg / 300dpi / IPTC fields)
  • A description of the report in txt or pdf format (max 300 words)
  • A biography of the candidate in txt or pdf format (max 300 words)
  • A photo of the candidate (jpg) 
  • signed copy of the participation form 
  • signed copy of the conditions of participation and regulations  

The application must be sent by WeTransfer by no later than midnight on 17 July 2024 to [email protected]

The RSF Prize Jury, consisting of eminent journalists, photographers and defenders of freedom of expression from around the world, will meet in September 2024. The results will be officially proclaimed during the 2024 RSF Awards ceremony, which will be held in December in Washington DC.

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