Started in 1989, Visa pour l’image has become a fundamental point, an undeniable act taking place every year in Perpignan, France. More than a common festival for people keen on photography, but an institution and an eyes-opener: fifteen days dedicated to photojournalism, giving a photographic perspective on reality; pictures taken through the eyes of some of the most well-known and acclaimed lenses from every part of the world and conferences given by professionals.
Every year the festival awards the best pictures, with four nominated artist for every category: Visa d’or Paris Match News, Visa d’or Magazine, Figaro Magazine Lifetime Achievement Visa D’or Award, Visa d’or for the Best Digital Story, Visa D’or Daily Press Award and many others.
Well known is, for example, the winner of the the Visa d’or News from 2012: the striking image taken by Éric Bouvet for the Figaro Magazine shows a cadaver covered by a crimson drape, all around nothing but the sharp silence of the just “conquered” Bāb al-Azīzyya (Muammar Gaddafi’s “Splendid Gate”).
This year winners have been announced and, as usual, the images are staggering.
Visa d’or Paris Match News Award went to Laurent Van der Stockt for Le Monde: the picture portrays a child in Mosul, Iraq.
29th of June changed the life of Iraqis: local army is willing to conquer Al-Nuri mosque again, to achieve this target they advance from house to house, blowing up their ways with brick of plastique explosive, without caring for residents.
Visa d’or Magazine award was given to Daniel Berehulak for The New York Times. His powerful pictures were shot in the Philippines, the title “They are Slaughtering Us Like Animals” resounds in the viewer as much as the pictures: President Rodrigo Duterte’s antidrug campaign is to blame for the “57 homicide victims over 35 days” documented by the photojournalist, but since the start of his presidential mandate 2000 people died in brutal ways and more than 35600 people have been arrested.
“I witnessed bloody scenes just about everywhere imaginable — on the sidewalk, on train tracks, in front of a girls’ school, outside 7-Eleven stores and a McDonald’s restaurant, across bedroom mattresses and living-room sofas.” Daniel Berehulak
Founded 150 years ago, ICRC had the purpose of assisting and protecting people living in zones of armed conflict and in situations of violence. This year ICRC Humanitarian Visa d’or – International Committee of the Red Cross award goes to Angela Ponce Romero for her “Ayacucho“, a report on missing people in Peru: the savage conflict causing so many losses been going on for more than fifty years, yet the Shining Path guerrilla group (lead by a communist party) and government forces fight seems far from being over.
Figaro Magazine Lifetime Achievement Visa d’or Award was assigned to Michael Nichols, renown for his work at National Geographic, everybody saw his “Orphans no more”, portraying young elephants that managed to run away from poaching.
These are just few of the amazing photojournalist awarded, on the website you will find more.