‘Fire’ is the theme for the 9th Prix Pictet

Prix Pictet, the world’s leading prize for photography and sustainability, announces ‘Fire’ will be the theme of its ninth cycle. The shortlist of photographers will be announced at a special event at Les Rencontres d’Arles in early July 2021. A major exhibition of work by the shortlisted photographers will be held at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London in December 2021, where the winner will be announced at an awards ceremony on 15 December 2021.

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“In the twelve years since we launched the award, two of the greatest threats to life on the planet—excess resource depletion and damaging climate change—have only intensified.”

Renaud de Planta Senior Partner of the Pictet Group

‘Next year, 2021, when the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) meets in Glasgow, will be critical in building on the commitments made at the 2015 Paris Agreement. Our aim with the Prix Pictet is to harness the power of photography to influence government, business and society to work towards a more sustainable future.’ says Renaud de Planta.

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Joana Choumali wins 8th cycle of the Prix Pictet

Joana Choumali is the winner of the eighth cycle of the Prix Pictet, the global award in photography and sustainability, with a theme of Hope. The announcement was made at a ceremony at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London on Wednesday 13 November 2019 at the opening of an exhibition of the work of the twelve shortlisted photographers.

Winner biography and photographs

In a statement on behalf of the Prix Pictet Jury, Sir David King, Chairman of the Jury, said: “We were inspired by the words of our founding President, the late Kofi Annan, who in his final Prix Pictet address spoke of mankind’s potential to find hope in adversity, and of his profound hope that it was not too late to reverse the catastrophic damage that we have visited on the natural world and its most vulnerable inhabitants. Let’s be under no illusion that in these past two years the crisis we are facing has deepened. Yet hope remains, albeit fragile and elusive. The work of the twelve shortlisted photographers underlines the great hope of the Prix Pictet—the wager that we all make with the future, that art can inspire action and triumph where words alone have failed.”

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Global award in photography and sustainability

In 2008, the partners of the Pictet Group created the Prix Pictet prize to draw worldwide attention to and stimulate action on issues of sustainability through the medium of photography.

Since foundation, the Prix Pictet has focused on environmental themes: there have been seven, beginning with Water, followed by Earth, Growth, Power, Consumption, Disorder, Space and Hope.

“It is my hope that the Prix Pictet will help to deepen understanding of the changes taking place in our world and raise public awareness about the urgency of taking preventative action.”

Kofi Annan (1938-2018) Former Honorary President, Prix Pictet

A tribute to Kofi Annan
By Stephen Barber, Chairman, Prix Pictet


The Prix Pictet celebrates its 10-year anniversary
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Among other festivities commemorating the ten year anniversary, we recently opened a retrospective exhibition at the renowned Rencontres d’Arles photography festival in the south of France. This show is a rare opportunity to view together the work of the seven laureates, Benoit Aquin, Nadav Kander, Mitch Epstein, Luc Delahaye, Michael Schmidt, Valerie Belin and Richard Mosse.

“For ten years the Prix Pictet has campaigned through powerful images to bring global attention to critical issues of sustainability. Many of the finest photographers on the planet have turned their lenses on the greatest threats facing humankind in the 21st century. Have we made a difference? I sincerely believe so.”

Sir David King Chair of the Jury

Ten years of existence Raising awareness

4000 nominated artists through 7 cycles
of the Prix Pictet

89 shortlisted photographers by 300 world-class

92 exhibitions in 40 cities

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Visit Prix Pictet website for more information on the Global award in photography and sustainability.