2023 DPPF grant recipient Gabriel is a Swiss photographer who graduated from the Centre d’Enseignement Professionnel de Vevey in 2021. He works as a freelance photographer and covers sports for various newspapers, magazines, and agencies, and private clients.

https://www.gabrielmonnet.ch/

Gabriel shares back stories for two of the photographs in his grant-winning portfolio.

“I was working for Swiss Paralympic where I had to cover the Swiss athletes. But I took the opportunity to try and capture images that were a little more feature-laden and less purely topical. In Glasgow, it was very stimulating to be able to get up close and personal with the great able-bodied athletes (who were competing on the same days as the Paralympic athletes). The Italian Filippo Ganna was really an athlete I wanted to get the best possible images of, and I really like the character.”

Italy’s Filippo Ganna competes with Francesco Lamon, Jonathan Milan and Manlio Moro in the men’s Elite Team Pursuit final at the World cycling and para-cycling championships in Glasgow, Scotland, on August 5th, 2023. (© Gabriel Monnet/Swissparalympic)

I waited for the races of the Swiss athletes and tried things out in other disciplines. I saw that there was an opportunity to get a nice silhouette with the high jumpers, but looking at the images, I see that I have an image that stands out from the crowd because the reflections from the goggles pointing towards the sky were visible in the photo. I didn’t think I could get something like that, so it’s a bit of a fluke. As my friend and colleague at Agence France-Presse Fabrice Coffrini often says, “Lack of luck is a professional failing.”

Japan’s Toru Suzuki competes during the men’s high jump T64 of the 2023 World Para Athletics Championships, on July 10th, 2023 in Paris, France. (© Gabriel Monnet)

The DPPF is thrilled to be able to further Gabriel’s promising career!