Gaëlle Girbes Named Recipient of the 2024 Pierre and Alexandra Boulat Award

Ludmilla, 89 years old, takes the air in front of the door of her building, riddled with shrapnel holes from the shells that have fallen over the last two years in her yard. Siversk, Donbass, Ukraine. 23 november 2023. © Gaëlle Girbes Winner of the 2024 Pierre & Alexandra Boulat award, sponsored by LaScam


The 2024 Pierre & Alexandra Boulat Award has been presented to Gaëlle Girbes, enabling her to continue her project “Ukraine: Surviving Amid the Ruins.” With this support, she will document the devastated villages and the extraordinary resilience of a vulnerable population enduring Europe’s largest conflict since World War II.

The Pierre & Alexandra Boulat Award, sponsored for the tenth time by LaScam (the collecting society for multimedia authors), is designed to help a photographer carry out an original reporting project through an 8,000€ endowment. The grant funds the production of a story that traditional media outlets have yet to support. The award was established by the Pierre and Alexandra Boulat Association to promote the creation of documentary work with a social purpose.

The award is presented to a professional photographer of any age, sex, or nationality who wishes to cover a social, economic, political, or cultural issue in a journalistic manner. The prize money is intended to support the production of a story that has never been told but that the photographer cannot find support for within the media. 


Year 2023: Paolo Manzo – “Naples, the invisible city”

The continuation of his report on Naples, in which he wishes to make visible the dark and dramatic side of economic inequality, social injustices and urban segregation so widespread in Naples.

Year 2022: Laura Morton – “Wild West Tech

The final chapter of his project on automated technologies and the resulting massive structural changes in Silicon Valley.

Year 2021: Mary F. Calvert – “Dying of Justice”

Long-term work on the alarming rate of suicide among male victims of sexual trauma in the United States military.

Year 2020: Jérôme Gence – “Teleworking”

With his project, Jérôme explores the particularly relevant subject of the transformation of working methods and asks the following question: “What trends and behaviors will emerge among companies and their employees?”

Year 2019: Axelle de Russé / Studio Hans Lucas – “Outside”

In France, women represent 3.6% of the prison population. An invisible minority. Ostracized and isolated, their reintegration is an obstacle course. Axelle sets out to show their life “outside.”

Year 2018: Jérôme Sessini / Magnum Photos. “The opioid crisis” in the United States.

A plague that kills more than murders or terrorist attacks.

Year 2017: Romain Laurendau – “Dikas”

Secret and clandestine places in Algeria where young people can experience freedom in all its forms, far from the gaze of society and its dangerous stigmatization.

Year 2016: Ferhat Bouda / Agence VU’ – “The Berbers”

A long-term work in black and white on the Berber people.

Year 2015: Alfonso Moral – “Syria street”

The consequences of the Syrian conflict on the city of Tripoli, where two communities survive: The Alawites, supporters of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and the Sunnis, separated by Syria Street. On both sides of the front line, young men clash in a recurring conflict that has become a sinister routine for them.

Year 2014: Kosuke Okahara – “Any Given Day”

Long-term work on drugs in Colombia shows the endless cycle of violence in Cali. Cali, the center of cocaine production, is ranked among the 10 cities in the world with the highest crime rate.

Year 2013: Arnau Bach – “Marseille”

Arnaud Bach explores the red light district of the city, stigmatized by crime, that of traditional fishermen which has gradually seen its port portion diminish and whose inhabitants have been forced to leave the working-class neighborhoods of the city center.

Year 2012: Maciek Nabrdalik – “Economic migrations”

Maciek investigates Portugal, where, following the economic crisis, immigration increased by 40%. It focused on Anabela, a young artist who decided to turn her back on her life in Lisbon to start a new life in London.

Year 2010: Lizzie Saadin – “Promised Land, Promised Woman”

The trafficking of women and adolescent victims of human trafficking in Israel. Every year, 3,000 to 5,000 women and girls are victims of human trafficking and taken to Israel to work mainly in the sex trade.

Year 2009: Masie Crow – “Lost in the cycle of poverty”

The emotional effects that poverty can have on an individual, through the eyes of a young woman, April, who lives well below the poverty line in southeastern Ohio.

Year 2008: Jean Chung – “Tears in Congo”

Jean followed some of the women in the Democratic Republic of the Congo who suffered rape and sexual violence and showed the physiological and social consequences of the horrors they suffered.