First edition 2022 – West African region


The first edition of the prize focused on the West African region : Benin, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde (Cape Verde), Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast),Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Saint Helena, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo.

Selection Procedure

In April 2022, The Foundation contacted a list of nominators who are notable figures in the Photography and contemporary African art scene: Alicia Knock, Anna-Alix Koffi, Armelle Dakuo, Armelle Malvoisin, Azu Nwagbogu, Ekow Eshun, Marie-Cécile Zinzou, Nadine Hounkpatin, N’Gone Fall, Oluremi Onabanjo, Taous Dahmani, Tyler Mitchell and Valentine Umansky.

They were asked to nominate candidates for this Prize:Fatoumata Diabaté, François-Xavier Gbré, George Osodi, Grah Aurélie-Jocelyne Toh, Ishola Akpo, Jacques Do Kokou, Kader Diaby, Kelani Abass, Laeila Adjovi, Lubabetu Abubakar, Rachel Seidu, Rahima Gambo,Sènami Donoumassou, Yagazie Emezi and Zohra Opoku.

Nominees submitted a dossier that includes a presentation of their artistic career, and a portfolio including three representative series of work.


On May 10th, James Barnor Prize launch was hosted by MTArt Agency, on Tuesday, May 10, before the opening of Photo London. During the evening, the nominated photographers’ shortlist has been announced, with a perspective of the prize-giving by James Barnor in July 2022 during the Rencontres d’Arles. A conversation between James Barnor and a photographer from the host agency MTArt, Àsìkò, followed this announcement.

July 8th 2022

In June, the jury (composition: Pascale Obolo, Christoph Wiesner, Damarice Amao, Bimpe Nkontchou, chaired by James Barnor) has met to select a laureate. Sènami Donoumassou was unanimously approved. Fatoumata Diabaté received a special mention. Photographers’ names were announced on the evening of Friday July 8th 2022, during the Rencontre d’Arles by James Barnor.

Sènami Donoumassou (laureate):
Fatoumata Diabaté (special mention):