Terms of participation


Photography has been part of HSBC in France’s cultural policy for many years. Today, it is mainly expressed through the HSBC Prize for Photography, created in 1995 under the aegis of the Fondation de France.

For 25 years, the HSBC Prize for Photography has been supporting two talented professional photographers every year, helping them to promote and enhance their work.


The competition is open to photographers:

  • Professionals
  • Major, alive
  • Of any nationality
  • Not having, to date, published a monograph edited and distributed by a publisher (exhibition catalogues do not fit in this case)
  • Being able to provide a minimum of 70 photographs of the entire work submitted for the monograph.
  • The proposed series must not be the subject of an exhibition in progress or to come, until the end of September 2021.

The HSBC Prize will not consider applications for support for the production of projects, such as reports, exhibitions, etc., for which several scholarships and prizes already exist.


The HSBC Prize for Photography is chaired by Christophe de Backer
Board Director, member of the Global Executive Committee, HSBC Global Asset Management.

Christine Raoult is the General Delegate

The Artistic Advisor, appointed each year to bring a new perspective, chooses a dozen finalists whom he presents to the Executive Committee.

The Executive Committee, composed of leading figures from the arts and culture sector and representatives of the HSBC Group, is responsible for selecting the artistic advisor, electing the winners, and validating the actions of the HSBC Prize for Photography.


Online registration only. The elements to include in your participation are:

  • 15 high-definition photographs
  • A text explaining the work presented
  • A biography
  • A synthetic CV (maximum one page) with full contact details, date of birth, training, work done, exhibitions, observations
  • A self-portrait
  • Letter of commitment signed by the representative (if existing)

No application sent by mail will be accepted.


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