KHASHAYAR JAVANMARDI – Grant for a photographer from the South (Africa, Caribbean, South-East Asia, Latin America, Middle East)

STÉPHANIE LACOMBE – SAIF grant for a French photographer or a photographer living in France

EVA DIALLO – Grant dedicated to a woman photographer of any nationality

Each grant of 5.000€ is given directly to the photographer for the realization of their work. The photographer and her editor will have a period of 18 months to complete the project, finalized by the actual publication of the book. This program is supported by the Saif and the Ministry of Culture.


Winner Dedicated grant for a photographer from a southern region

Khashayar Javanmardi

Khashayar Javanmardi

Born in 1991, Khashayar Javanmardi is an Iranian artist. Javanmardi captures both the mystery and poetry of the Iranian coastline, and the stark contrast of pollution and destruction of the natural environment.

SPELL OF THE CASPIAN LOTUS is a work about the pollution of the Caspian Sea, which Environmentalists today consider to be “an ecological bomb”. The Caspian Sea is bounded by Iran to the south, Russia to the north, Azerbaijan to the west, and Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan to the east. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the newly independent states of Central Asia began to exploit the Caspian Sea. The primary sources of pollution in the Caspian Sea are the discovery, exploitation, and transfer of oil from the sea on the one hand and sewage, waste, and chemical poisoning on the other. After being forced to leave Iran because of his political and cultural convictions, Javamardi’s work on the Caspian Sea also evokes the contradictions of his home country.

This project will be published by Loose Joints.


SAIF Grant for a French photographer or a photographer living in France

Stéphanie Lacombe

Stéphanie Lacombe

Stéphanie Lacombe was born in 1976 in Figeac, in the Lot region of France. In 2001, she graduated from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs de Paris (ENSAD). Her photographic language comes close to documentary-truth, creating a dialogue between text and image. Her series explore the everyday life of the working classes.

HAUT LES CŒURS is a documentary journey to meet the people of Hauts-de-France affected by the economic crisis. A RV campsite in Berk-sur-Mer (Immobile Home), a supermarket parking lot in the middle of the countryside (Hyper Life), a post-industrial town near Amiens (Somme Toute) are the sites of his encounters. The mini-stories that accompany the photos are another, more intimate journey, revealing the day-to-day concerns of the local population.

This project will be published by Editions de Juillet


Winner Grant dedicated to a woman photographer

Eva Diallo

Eva Diallo

Eva Diallo was born in Lausanne, Switzerland, in 1996. She lives and works in Dakar, Senegal. In 2018, she graduated in photography from the Centre d’Enseignement Professionnel in Vevey, Switzerland, and moved to Saint-Louis, Senegal, where she devotes herself to her work. When Eva Diallo moved to Senegal in 2018, she devoted her artistic research to the issue of clandestine migration, drawing on her own family history and in particular that of two of her cousins who left Senegal.

BOLOL is a family story. Two of the artist’s cousins travelled from Senegal to southern Italy, via Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger and Libya. Through fragments of light, of sky, a glance upwards, a journey through the bush or along an Italian country road, she shows her vision of this reality. Between family photos, urban reports, aerial images and portraits, Bolol is told to the rhythm of the adventures that took place between 2019 and 2023.
Bolol is therefore a family story, and at the same time a story lived and told by thousands of refugees and migrants. Bolol is a story of sweetness and poetry, but also of distress, risk and injustice. This book is a tribute.

This project will be edited by Cécile Fakhoury