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Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson: HCB Award 2021 Call for Entries

Presented by the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson, the HCB Award supports the creation of a photography project which could not be achieved without this help. It is intended for a photographer who has already completed a significant body of work, close to the documentary approach.

The candidate must be supported by an institution — museum, gallery, independent curator, publisher, etc.

The HCB Award is presented once every two years and grants the indivisible amount of 35 000 euros. A pre-selection committee reviews all applications. The jury members can access all dossiers during the final deliberations. The winner is selected by an international jury of seven prominent personalities of the art world. Each jury member has one voice. The final decision of the jury remains undisputable.

The winner’s artwork project realised thanks to this grant will be exhibited at the Fondation HCB and published as a book, in the spring 2023.

The Fondation d’entreprise Hermès is the patron of the HCB Award.


February 15 – April 30, 2021 Call for entries – File to download on www.henricartierbresson.org (HCB Award section)

April 30, 2021 Application deadline (date as per postmark)

June 2021 HCB Award 2021 announcement

July 2021 Return of the application files to the candidates

Spring 2023 Book and exhibition at the Fondation HCB of the 2021 winner’s project



The HCB Award is dedicated to photographers of all nationalities who have already completed a significant body of work, close to the documentary approach. There is no age limit. The winner must use the grant to carry out a project which could not be achieved without this grant in the current conditions of her/his activity. The Fondation HCB will be producing the exhibition and the publication of the book.

• Candidates must be nominated by an institution which supports their application. Museums, photography societies, photographers’ agencies, art schools, universities, galleries, publishers, magazines, or independant curators are entitled to support a candidate. Individual applications without nomination will not be considered.

• Uncomplete applications will not be considered. The Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson cannot be held responsible in case of deterioration or loss of the application files. Candidates and institutions commit not to claim for compensations should elements of the application files be altered or lost.

The application submission implies the full acceptation of all conditions stated by the general regulation of the HCB Award.

The winner commits to:

• The exhibition of her/his artwork at the Fondation HCB, in spring 2023. A book will be published. The HCB Award exhibition may circulate and will be returned to her/him. The winner should not exhibit nor publish the entirety nor parts of the artwork completed thanks to the HCB Award before its exhibition at the Fondation HCB, and without the latter’s formal consent. The Fondation HCB must be informed of the HCB Award project advancements.

• Complete her/his artwork project before September 2022 at the latest.

• Transfer the rights of reproduction, exploitation and diffusion of fifteen visuals to the Fondation HCB and the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès, for the promotion of the HCB Award and its exhibition, according to the following :

      – five visuals free of rights to announce the HCB Award winner;

      – ten visuals chosen at the time of the exhibition.

• Donate five signed and unframed artworks, including three to the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson, and two to the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès.

• Sign a contract with the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson at the time of the nomination, which resumes the above agreements.

The winner remains the entire owner of her/his work, to the reservation that the mention of the HCB Award and the support of the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès must be made for future exhibitions and/or publications


The application must be written in English. A French translation may be appended. The application file must gather the following elements :

• A short letter signed by the institution explaining its support for the candidate (1 typed page maximum)

• A selection of 15 to 20 photographs, indicating the candidate’s name on the back of each print (maximum size of the prints 30 x 40 cm, not framed, no slides) Additional books or printed material are welcomed

• A selection of books and printed materials

• A short text written and signed by the candidate outlining the project for which he/she wishes to receive the HCB Award (2 typed pages maximum)

• A concise written biography of the candidate outlining his/her experience, exhibitions, publications, grants and prizes awarded.

• The online application form fully completed by the candidate. https://forms.gle/d3CZ4D2VAKNFj8EZ6 A signed copy of the form must be attached to the file sent by post.

• A prepaid envelope for the return of the application file, with French stamps, international return coupon DOHA (http://bit.ly/3oY2HTb) or a shipper prepaid envelope (FEDEX, DHL, UPS, etc.).


Candidates and institutions can access the application form online at the following address: www.henricartierbresson.org/en/hcb-prize/prize/

For more information: contact@henricartierbresson.org

Application files must be dropped or sent from February 15 to April 30, 2021 at the following address :

Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson HCB Award

79, rue des Archives 75003

Paris, France

Application files sent through international shippers should mention “without commercial value” to avoid custom fees. Candidates must include to their application a prepaid envelope for the return of the dossier, with French stamps, international return coupon DOHA, or a shipper prepaid envelope (FEDEX, DHL, UPS, etc.). Candidates may also retrieve their application dossier directly at the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson during July 2021.

Application files without return indications or engaged return fees will not be sent back to their owner.

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