This year, the EXPLORE | Outside the Box competition is showcasing Africa... competitors an opportunity to express their point of view about the major challenges faced by African civil society in the 21st century. All students living on the African continent are invited to illustrate possible solutions to problems like improving accommodation, food, education, training, health, transport and communications, through the medium of a photo taken on a smartphone.

The aim of the competition is to reveal all the rich treasures of the African continent and set up a new dialogue between Africa and France, by offering a fresh look at The Africas. The jugaad economy, and African resilience and creativity, led us to choose the themes of the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals that we have been illustrating on our Instagram posts and we shall therefore continue to share, long after the planned events, the jury’s selection and the societal, economic and cultural impact of the winning photos.s.

Anne-Marie Sargueil
Curator of the photos contests EXPLORE OUTSIDE THE BOX 








"You are living testimony to immortal Africa, to the new world that tomorrow will bring."

Léopold Sédar Senghor, first president of Senegall

"The most important development of the next decade will be, for me, the advent of Africa as the major player in history. For art, literature, cinema, aesthetics, but also economics, politics. New technologies will help."

Jacques Attali, writer, economist



Since 2017, the EXPLORE photo competition has been asking students from all walks of life to show us the future they would like to see..

The meaning of the photos will be decoded by an eclectic, highly discriminating, yet thoughtful and caring panel of judges (designers, architects, photographers, sociologists, psychologists, historians, forward thinkers, journalists, representatives of different organisations, and so on). 



The photos must be inspired by one or more of the themes of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). These 17 SDG were set by the United Nations with the purpose of bringing peace and prosperity to the whole planet. The photos must illustrate the part African citizens play in this initiative.
We await your concrete answers. 



Laureates win:
Three masterclass at Studio Harcourt and an expo at JOSEPH Gallery-rue Froissart





A remarkable, multidisciplinary jury
  • Ayoko Mensah
    Expert culturel, programmatrice artistique et auteure Conseillère institutionnelle au Palais des Beaux-Arts de Bruxelles
  • Romain Colin
    Creative Director Fubiz Studio
  • Soukeina Hachem
    Designer multidisciplinaire : design social, spatial, mobilier, textile et graphique ainsi que la conception vidéo et interactive
  • Stéphanie Rivoal
    Ambassadrice, Secrétaire Générale du Sommet Afrique-France
  • Hicham Lahlou
    Designer et architecte d’intérieur, il est un des portes-drapeaux du design africain.
  • Franck Millot
    Directeur des partenariats et des événements Maison et Objet Directeur Paris Design Week
  • Aude Minart
    Créatrice de la galerie nomade d’art contemporain, la Galerie Africaine
  • Chrysostome Nkoumbi-Samba
    Président du réseau Africk@Cybersecurite
    Directeur-associé au sein du cabinet parisien NP Consultants

  • Maguette Mbow
    Entrepreneur et professeur dans l’innovation numérique et la transformation digitale des entreprises, institutions publiques et privées
  • Kenza Souffi-Bachir
    Responsable de la programmation artistique auprès de l'Institut Français d’Alger
  • Isabelle Logeais
    Co-fondatrice et directrice de IESA Incub’ Paris&Dakar “Accélérateur d’entrepreneuriat culturel” l’incubateur de l’IESA (l’école internationale des métiers de la culture et du marché de l’art).
  • Marianne Soulez Lariviere
    Directrice Opérationnelle Internationale à Université Côte d’Azur.
    Influenceuse basée à Madagascar, fondatrice de la plateforme "mode et cheveux" How to be curly in Madagascar. Fondatrice d'une marque de produits capillaires spécialisée dans les cheveux de type Africain.
  • Nelly Wandji
    À l’initiative de MoonLook, une place de marché pour la création contemporaine africaine ainsi que d’un cabinet de curiosités qui porte son nom
  • Marie Sygne Le Baud
    Gestionnaire de la Galerie d'Art Contemporain Africain THK, au Cap elle développe un œil passionné pour la photographie et la création. Aujourd'hui, elle évolue dans le secteur de la mobilité durable.
  • Bibi Seck
    Fondateur de Dakar Next, agence de design fondée sur l’utilisation des ressources locales et qui assure une expertise en design en Afrique de l’ouest
  • Laurent Bouzige
    Chief designer Strategy & Mobility at Toyota Europe Design development
  • Anne-Marie Sargueil
    Curator des concours EXPLORE l Présidente Institut Français du Design
  • Aude de Thuin
    Fondatrice et chair of the board de Women in Africa


To enter


You can enter either individually or as a team (maximum of 3 students) .
Each competitor can submit up to 3 photographs (photos can be submitted as a series) .

Competitors guarantee that the proposed photograph is original and that they are the sole owner of the intellectual property rights attached to the photograph



- Photos must be accompanied by a caption (maximum 450 characters)


The jury will judge the photos according to 6 criteria of equal value :

- Relevance to the subject of the competition: Africas of Tomorrow
- Reference to one or more of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals
- An unusual presentation of new practices.
- Emphasis on a humanist viewpoint
- Intrinsic artistic value of the photograph
- Feeling evoked at first sight. 




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