French photographer Romain Laurendeau won the 2017 Roger Pic Prize. His series Derby (2014 – 2016) was granted among other participants. Considering football in Algeria, Derby helps to understand the relationship of the Algerian youth with this sport, pastime and subject of the everyday life discussion. This same disillusioned youth prey to social frustrations, with no jobs opportunities. They come to the stadium every week in joy, supporterism and fury.
Romain Laurendeau was born in 1975 in Toulouse. He studied in the “Pink city” at the School of Photography and Game Design (ETPA). Photographer since 2009, his relationship to works and images was influenced by the Keratocone disease he contracted, gradually deforming his corneas. Saved by a transplant the same year, he was able to devote himself entirely to photography ever since. Among his works, he has followed Senegalese gold researchers or covered the last Senegalese elections. He is a member of the Hans Lucas agency since 2014.
The Roger Pic Award jury was composed of Thierry Ledoux, Gérard Uferas, Bernard Chenez, Marie Doyon, Laura Serani, Marie-Pierre Subtil and Guy Seligmann.