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Finalist 2021

Jérémy Lempin

Doctor Peyo and Mister Hassen


Peyo is not like other horses who seek out human contact and like to be pet—he has a strong, even difficult character. However, after performing shows, this stallion sometimes chooses people from the audience, approaches them, and spends time with them. Suddenly, he behaves like a different horse: Peyo is gentle and protective. Through careful observation, Hassen discovered that Peyo always chooses people who are emotionally, physically, or psychologically vulnerable. 

In order to further understand Peyo’s behavior, Hassen sought out expert advice from veterinarians and a variety of medical specialists, like neurologists, psychologists, and psychiatrists. After four years of research as well as testing over 500 horses in recent years (including Peyo’s foals), doctors and veterinarians determined that Peyo’s cerebral activity is unique. Today, experts and scientists are studying Peyo’s ability to instinctively detect cancers and tumors in humans, as well as exploring why he chooses to accompany certain patients until their last breath. 

Hassan with Doctor Peyo decided to leave center stage to join a radically different world—that of medicine, solidarity, and human dignity. That is how Hassen came to drive his horse Peyo to write some beautiful lifelines in the palliative care department of the Calais hospital. Peyo is a real celebrity: he’s showered, has his hooves polished, everything must be perfect, all the while respecting strict health regulations. “Doctor Peyo,” as he’s fondly called by the hospital staff, has a mind of his own. Born autistic with a superior intelligence never observed before in horses, Peyo is also instrumental in helping palliative care patients reduce their consumption of hard drugs. In short, Peyo is an autistic, end-of-life artist, just like his rider Hassen is a generous and deeply human being who makes extraordinary sacrifices to assist his life partner.


Deeply attached to human values ​​and the stories they convey, Jérémy Lempin, born in 1983, leaves no one indifferent, especially the people he meets during his reports. Whether it is to share the life of an emergency firefighter for 3 years (Time of a lifetime), or integrate the very closed group of ultras Racing Club of Lens for 2 years (Of blood and gold), or spend time with the legionnaires of the unattainable 2nd Foreign Legion Regiment of paratroopers (REP), Jérémy Lempin has never stopped to observe, and to confront points of view.

He started as a photographer in the Navy, on the aircraft carrier Charles-de-Gaulle, and at the audiovisual production center of Defense (ECPAD). He testified of crew living conditions, noticeably during the operations Agapanthe off Afghanistan, and Harmattan near the Libyan coast. He then took part in Opération Serval in Mali and Opération Sangaris in the Central African Republic. Once again, he strived to keep his eyes on the human dimension. He documented soldiers' daily life, engaged in precarious conditions in these war theaters. After ten years in the army and always eager for human stories, he put his sailor’s cap away, to fully endorse the photojournalist's vest.

Always in motion, this insatiable explorer does not hesitate to look beyond, to lay an indiscreet but honest eye on the facts of society he deals with, or on the social groups, he integrates. His method is long-term reportage completed by professional interviews recordings.