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For a committed journalism

In 2020, a new prize is being promoted for emerging careers in journalism (text, photography and illustration). This prize aims to become a platform for the dissemination of projects that show a way of doing journalism that dialogues with the premises of Albert Camus and his way of living “the most beautiful profession in the world.

The Premi Mediterrani Albert Camus Incipiens is awarded every two years (on even years), between each edition of the Trobades, to an author with an incipient career whose proposal of research and journalistic reflection (graphic, photographic or textual) is part of the approach of the next edition of the Trobades (in 2021 under the slogan: There is no life without dialogue) and, from its own prism, dialogue in some way with the Camusian testimony and with the way of understanding the journalism of Albert Camus.

The call for this prize is restricted to the candidatures proposed by our satellites (nominators).

The objectives of the prize are:

1 | To publicize journalistic projects in development in the Mediterranean basin.

2 | To give international visibility to authors at the beginning of their career.

3 | To enhance the dialogue from the present time with the thought of Albert Camus.

4 | To create links between authors from different countries who are working in parallel, in different disciplines.

5 | To project the island of Menorca as a port for ideas, for critical debate with international relevance.

The Premi Mediterrani Albert Camus Incipiens is a unique prize, it is awarded to a single person. The prize is materialized in the production of a book or an exhibition, depending on the characteristics of the awarded work; and in the diffusion of the same one in the habitual channels of the Trobades, and in the participation and presentation of the project in April / May of 2021, in the frame of the III Trobades Mediterrànies Albert Camus 2021.


Members of the jury

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Mustapha

Benfodil

Relizane, Algeria, 1968. Mustapha Benfodil is a writer and journalist. He lives and works in Algiers, where he is a reporter for daily newspaper El Watan. He has covered events in a number of Arab world countries, including Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Tunisia and Morocco
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Sophie

Dufau

France, 1960. Sophie Dufau is a journalist at Mediapart. After a few months at Radio France, she moved on to French newspaper Libération.
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Juan

Valbuena

Madrid, Spain, 1973. He is a founder photographer of the NOPHOTO agency, director of the publishing house PHREE and professor and coordinator of the International Master of Photography and Project Management at the EFTI School of Photography.

Candidates Incipiens


« What is a journalist? He is a man who, first of all, raises issues. Then he is a chronicler of the present day, and his first responsibility must be the truth. »
Albert Camus, Manifest (1939)

The sixteen finalists’ journalism projects competing for the I Premi Mediterrani Albert Camus Incipiens Award focus on issues such as refugees, the Syrian war, the role of the European Union, women’s importance in resistance movements, homosexuality, migration and the abuse of authority stemming from the covid-19 pandemic’s socio-hygienic crisis. The proposals, in various media — photography, illustration and writing — play out in far-ranging countries of the Mediterranean: Libya, Greece, Syria, Tunisia, Spain, Morocco, France, Lebanon, Algeria and Egypt.

Behind these nominated projects are the biographies of sixteen emerging Incipient writers from nine countries — Syria, Spain, France, Argentina, Lebanon, Greece, Italy, Egypt and Algeria — who follow, in their research and work, the ethical footprint that Albert Camus left upon the world of journalism.



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Karam

Al-Masri

Living among the rubbles 

City of residence: Idlib
Home country: Syria

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PROJECT:
Photographic
PROJECT PHASE:
Not yet started

 

Karam Al-Masri (Syria, 1991) was born and raised in Aleppo. He became a photographer as a consequence of war’s sad reality. His proposed project observes the way of life in homes damaged by bombs and in constant danger of collapse. This feature story documents the daily existence and adaptation of routine activities (sleeping, playing, cooking…) by the inhabitants of a city in ruins.


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Qasem

Albasri

Three figures speaking 

City of residence: Lyon
Home country: Syria

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PROJECT:
Writing
PROJECT PHASE:
Not yet started

 

Qasem Albasri (Syria, 1992) is a Syrian journalist residing in France. He proposes documenting his country’s war from two intimate and personal points of view through two interviews: one with Mohammed, a young man whose student life was cut short, now working in a bookstore opposite the University he cannot attend; and another, narrating the lives and solo trips of Aboud and Zain, two Syrian children who will soon be reunited with their parents in France.


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Pablo

Baquedano

Fuentecica 

City of residence: Toulouse
Home country: France

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PROJECT:
Photographic
PROJECT PHASE:
Initial stage (unpublished)

 

Pablo Baquedano (France, 1988) is a photographer whose work has great sociological depth. He presents a project about communities that result from immigration, focusing on Fuentecica (Almería) and other nearby locations, to explore the assimilation of identities or their transformation and dissolution, with political, economic, and social consequences. To do this, he immerses himself within these communities, establishing close contact with people, learning about their lives, and understanding how they are victimised.


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Martín

Elfmam

Indésirables Étrangers

City of residence: Barcelona
Home country: Argentina

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PROJECT:
Graphic
PROJECT PHASE:
Not yet started

 

Martín Elfmam (Argentina, 1976) is an Argentine illustrator based in Barcelona. He proposes a project springing from the intersection of two historical moments, each of which gave rise to the indésirable étranger. He draws comparisons between Spanish immigrants to France during the Franco regime, whom he met in 1997, with Syrian refugees in Greece today. As with his friends in 1939, these refugees are left to their own luck with the arrival of the covid-19 pandemic in their camps.


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Àngel

García

Hope for the Future  

City of residence: Barcelona
Home country: Spain

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PROJECT:
Photographic
PROJECT PHASE:
Initial stage (unpublished)

 

Àngel García (Spain, 1981) is a photojournalist. He presents a project about the lives and circumstances of more than six thousand minors who arrived in Catalonia between January 2017 and June 2019 without adult guardians. From the start it raises some difficult questions: the administrative collapse it provokes, the overcrowding of residential centres, the lack of documentation and, above all, the problems that arise when these children and adolescents come of age. This project will partner with the Exmenas Association, whose work, independent of the government, focuses on reducing the abandonment of these minors.


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Elsie

Haddad

Stranded. On Life After Imprisonment

City of residence: Beirut
Home country: Lebanon

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PROJECT:
Photographic
PROJECT PHASE:
Initial stage (unpublished)

 

Elsie Haddad (Lebanon, 1982) is a Beirut-based documentary photographer. She is an activist working on social issues arising from the transformation of modern Lebanese society. This project investigates imprisonment in Lebanon and the subsequent life of ex-convicts in light of this trauma, its challenges and its social stigma. While the project was already underway, it took on a more personal significance when her younger brother was imprisoned. She will give voice, in a book, to twelve people through different creative approaches, and she will also contribute to its content.


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Dimitris

Kazakis

La herida griega. ¿Qué está pasando realmente en Grecia?  

City of residence: Athens
Home country: Greece

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PROJECT:
Writing
PROJECT PHASE:
Initial stage (unpublished)

 

Dimitris Kazakis (Greece, 1962) is an economist and political analyst in various media with meticulous research who is openly critical of the austerity and rescue policies implemented in Greece over the last ten years. In line with this approach, he proposes a book of socio-economic analysis along with journalistic and historical research that attempts to glean some lessons from the difficult experience of his own country to reflect — without flinching — on the present and on the future towards which the little-questioned project of the European Union is headed.


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Rémi

Larue

Presque une île : Enquête en terres médoquines

City of residence: Paris
Home country: France

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PROJECT:
Writing
PROJECT PHASE:
Not yet started

 

Rémi Larue (France, 1989) is a French journalist who is very familiar with and closely linked to Albert Camus’ journalistic work. He proposes a project in his home territory, the Médoc area (France), a small region that would be completely unknown if it weren’t for the wine produced there that is distributed throughout the entire continent. The essay, presented as a snapshot of today’s world, details what it means for the existing winegrowers and inhabitants of the Médoc region, when old farms are acquired by large wineries that hire poor immigrants, who are paid low wages and live in overcrowded houses belonging to the farm.


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Dima

Nachawi

To Dream is a Dialogue

City of residence: Beirut
Home country: Syria

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PROJECT:
Graphic
PROJECT PHASE:
Not yet started

 

Dima Nachawi (Syria, 1980) is, among other things, a Syrian illustrator deeply involved in the fight against violence. She proposes a project based on the hope and dreams of many women who want the war to end, and the stories they tell. By enhancing the positive aspects of ordinary life, she aims to counterbalance commercial media that prioritizes drama while ignoring the life that continues to pulse in their lullabies, for example. The project highlights the feminine aspect of the vast majority of the struggle for non-violence.


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Teresa

Palomo

Nyango, atrapadas en Marruecos

City of residence: Madrid
Home country: Spain

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PROJECT:
Photographic
PROJECT PHASE:
Initial stage (unpublished)

 

Teresa Palomo (Spain, 1992) is a documentary photographer born in Cuenca and based in Madrid. The project she proposes focuses on the Morocco-Spain migration route where she has been working for six years, and highlights the experiences of sub-Saharan women, forgotten by and invisible to the media. Less persecuted by the authorities than men, women constitute the fundamental pillar for survival in Spain. Her project, which will benefit from her numerous contacts already established on the ground, also aims to serve as a source of support for the research carried out by various NGOs working there.


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Ana

Salvá

La lucha continua de las mujeres en el norte de África (provisional)

City of residence: Palma de Mallorca
Home country: Spain

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PROJECT:
Writing
PROJECT PHASE:
Not yet started

 

Ana Salvá (Spain, 1986) is a journalist and storyteller. Her project begins with the outbreak of protests during the Arab Spring of 2001, and the leading (and reversed) roles of women in various Arab countries. Women became true leaders, breaking free of the established structures that oppressed them. Through interviews in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Algeria and Morocco, her feature story aims to give voice to women who have been — and still are — the protagonists of this revolution, and whose effects are still being felt in several countries in the region.


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Sana

Sbouai

Nos mensonges (part II)

City of residence: Paris / Tunisia
Home country: Syria

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PROJECT:
Writing
PROJECT PHASE:
Not yet started

 

Sana Sbouai (Syria, 1983) proposes a project (as the continuation of a previous story) that deals with homosexuality in Tunisia and explores what it means to live among lies, to live as though you are someone else. To do so, she will listen to these lies, giving voice to a series of testimonies which are, without a doubt, a reflection and portrait of a society. The author believes that ten years after the Arab Spring, with a strengthened youth, there is an interest in more in-depth features, in giving more time to the other’s truth and also in covering longer periods of investigation. She will undertake her research on these foundations.


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Nello

Scavo

Mare Nostrum desaparecido

City of residence: Como
Home country: Italy

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PROJECT:
Writing
PROJECT PHASE:
Not yet started

 

Nello Scavo (Italy, 1972) is an Italian journalist who plans to carry out an “extensive journalistic investigation on the shores of the Mediterranean, seeking connections between criminal networks and institutions in the gradual institutionalization of the capture and torture of migrants and refugees. Human beings are used as unconventional weapons in power conflicts.” The project seeks to offer “a comprehensive picture of the attack on human rights with Libya at its center, but including all the other routes to Europe.”


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Adam

Youssef Selim

Digital Arabs

City of residence: Beirut
Home country: Egypt



PROJECT:
Writing
PROJECT PHASE:
Initial stage (unpublished)

 

Adam Youssef Selim (Egypt, 1984) is an architect and researcher. His work focuses on the aesthetics, politics and history of tools. “This project aims to review the legacies of digital technology in Arab architecture produced in the 1990s in order to build an alternative, regionally nuanced and more appropriate history of digital technology. (…) It is an initial attempt to understand the “digital south”, which consists of locating the origin of digital thought and tools in alternative geographies and temporalities that are not necessarily synonymous with the global north or advanced capitalism.”


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Abdo

Shanan

A Little Louder

City of residence: Algiers
Home country: Algeria

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PROJECT:
Photographic
PROJECT PHASE:
Initial stage (unpublished)

 

Abdo Shanan (Algeria, 1982) is a documentary photographer with a Sudanese father and an Algerian mother. His project seeks to illustrate the changes that the covid-19 pandemic has brought to the protests and demonstrations of the Algerian people in relation to the current political situation.

A strong movement gained visibility in February 2020 with massive and repeated protests on the streets across the country. With the health crisis as an excuse, many activists are now being punished and imprisoned. “Under this new reality, I can see the space of freedom (or “the field of what is possible”, as my friend Salah Badis describes it) shrinking every day.”


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Patricia

Simón

La pandemia del miedo

City of residence: Málaga
Home country: Spain

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PROJECT:
Writing
PROJECT PHASE:
Initial stage (unpublished)

 

Patricia Simón (Spain, 1983) is a Spanish journalist. The outbreak of the covid-19 pandemic has oriented her project towards «one of the most recent phenomena of greater historical significance». She proposes an essay in the form of a journalistic chronicle in which the most affected groups by the consequences of the pandemic talk to each other. “Because the feeling and the word that the people I have interviewed have repeated the most over the last few weeks during this socio-sanitary crisis has been “fear”. The authorities take advantage of this fear to gain greater control and override fundamental human rights.”


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