Le Bal Award for Young Creation with the ADAGP Edition

Le Bal Award for Young Creation with the ADAGP Edition

Deadline: 20 Septemeber 2019
Open to: all photographers and/or videographers living in Europe and under 40 years of age
Awards: the laureate will receive a grant of 20,000 EUR to complete their project


The Association LE BAL, headquartered at 6, impasse de la Défense, 7018 Paris, SIRET N° 493 963 557 00019, APE Code: 9003 B, hereafter ‘LE BAL’, opened an exhibition space dedicated to contemporary image (photography, video, cinema), in 2010. The exhibitions, discussions and educational programs are the three main focus areas: each centered on issues of representing the world through image, between aesthetics and politics.

LE BAL and the ADAGP are looking to provide solid, long term support for the production of creative work. They are launching LE BAL AWARD FOR YOUNG CREATION 2021 with the ADAGP (hereafter the ‘Award’). The purpose of this Award is to enable a young photographer/videographer, resident in Europe and under 40 years of age, to expand and complete an already-initiated creative work over a two year period. In 2021, an exhibition at LE BAL will be dedicated to this work, as well as a publication co-edited by LE BAL and a publisher chosen by LE BAL. Several runners up will also be chosen in the Award. The laureate and the runners up will enjoy two days of a masterclass in 2020. An opportunity to meet leading figures from the world of the visual arts (editors, graphic designers, gallerists, critics, artists, collectors, and so on), to gain a better understanding of work issues and stimulate research to advance the processes of creation and production. These masterclasses will also give the participants an opportunity to strengthen their professional network.


The Award is open to all young photographers and videographers who reside in Europe and meet the conditions specified in article 4, hereafter referred to as the ‘Entrant’. One creative project per Entrant will be considered for each edition of the Award. Candidates who have already participated in previous editions have the possibility to apply again for the Award provided that they propose work that is new and different from the first two editions.

Entry to the Award is free. To enter the Award, the entrant must meet the following criteria:

– Be under 40 years of age on the date the entry is sent;

– Be aged 18 or over;

– Reside in Europe (European Union and Switzerland);

– Have an already-initiated photographic and/or video project.


The laureate (hereafter the ‘Laureate’) will receive a grant of 20,000 (twenty thousand) EUR (taxes included) in order to complete his or her project. This amount includes fees, rights and technical costs (hereafter the ‘Grant’). The Laureate will benefit from support from the team at LE BAL during the development of his or her project. He or she will be advised at each stage: from the creative direction to the editorial design of the publication, from producing the work to the exhibition design.

In 2021, the work carried out by the Laureate will be displayed at LE BAL (exhibition, screening, installation) and will be the subject of a publication co-edited by LE BAL and a publisher chosen by LE BAL.

How to apply?

The Entrant must send or submit to LE BAL a complete entry before September 20, 2019, at 2 pm, including: – a coherent series of 15 (fifteen) to 20 (twenty) photographs from his or her current project, maximum format 30 x 40 cm, marked with the name of the artist on the back, And/or 1 (one) to 3 (three) videos in .mp4, .mov or .avi format, on a CD, DVS or USB stick marked with the name of the artist

– A text presenting the project in English or in French including a note of intent and a description of the work in progress (format, technique, medium);

– A detailed CV, including the Entrant’s education, exhibitions, publications, award;

– A stamped envelope addressed to the Entrant to return the entry (size corresponding to prints).

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