The Ronan Guillou Fellowships are launched as part of the CIVIS MARITIMUS program, which aims to explore the relationship between Man and the Sea, and to challenge the essential issues facing the Ocean.

Photographers from Europe and the southern shores of the Mediterranean, you have a project associating man and the marine world, apply for the 1st edition of the Ronan Guillou Grants!

In 2023, on the occasion of Montpellier 2028 – European Capital of Culture, in partnership with the ImageSingulières festival (Sète) and the Rencontres photographiques Face à la Mer (Tangier), two photographic creation grants will be offered to photographers from Europe and the southern shores of the Mediterranean.

Two photographers from the same territory – the Occitanie region for this first edition – will each carry out a committed photographic project, the results of which will be shared at events in Sète (November 2023) and Tangier (November 2023).

Each photographer will receive a prize of €4,000 and a one-month residency in Sète from May 18 to June 18, 2023 to complete his or her project, with final delivery of elements expected by July 31, 2023 at the latest.

This program is supported by Montpellier 2028 – European Capital of Culture and the city of Sète.


Call for entries: March 6 to April 23, 2023
Jury: April 27, 2023
Residency in Sète: May 18 to June 18, 2023
Return to Sète: November 27, 2023 (Sète train station)
Restitution in Tangier festivak FALM: November 30 to December 3, 2023

Ronan Guillou, “Civis Maritimus, Favignana”, 2021

Civis maritimus, literally the Citizen of the Seas, is a long-term project conceived in synergy with the photographer Ronan Guillou, who died in 2022. Sailor and European at heart, the photographer wanted to undertake his own odyssey along the Mediterranean coast. Ronan Guillou was seeking, as he put it, to detect the discreet surreality that emanates from the ordinary. The Ronan Guillou Fellowships, created as part of the CIVIS MARITIMUS program, extend this quest by examining man’s relationship with the marine world from one shore of the Mediterranean to the other.