The Award Niépce Gens d´images is awarded to Grégoire Eloy.
Born in 1971, Grégoire Eloy has been a documentary photographer since 2003. For 10 years, he traveled to the countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia for long-term projects on the Soviet heritage and the wars in the South Caucasus, in particular his series Les Oubliés du Pipeline (2006) and Ressac (2008-2013). In 2010, he collaborated with the scientific community for a trilogy on the science of matter which was the subject of a series of monographic books including A Black Matter (Journal 2012) and The Fault (RVB Books, 2017). The last part, on glaciology, is in progress. Since 2015, he has been interested in our relationship to the environment and the wild during immersive residences in a natural environment: Residences of the Guernsey Photography Festival (2016-2017), of the Tbilisi Photo Festival (2018-2020), of the Champ des Impossibles (2020-2022) and the Man and the Sea festival in Guilvinec (2021).
Created in 1955 by Albert Plécy, the Prix Niépce Gens d´images is the first prize for professional photography launched in France. The dual objective of its founder was to bring photographers out of anonymity and help them extend their influence to the general public through the press and publishing, in particular.