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Prix Pictet has announced Human as the theme for the 10th cycle of the award.

The announcement was made at a presentation at the Théâtre Antique of the work of Sally Mann, Prix Pictet Laureate, as part of Les Rencontres d’Arles photography festival.

Commenting on the theme, Isabelle von Ribbentrop, Executive Director, Prix Pictet, said:

We quite rightly celebrate human creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship but too often our triumphs in science, engineering and technology come at monumental cost. The human story is more often a tale of conflict and despair than of nurture, love and co-existence.

“It would be easy to read the human story as one of tragic hubris. Yet it does not end here. We stand on the threshold of the future wondering which way the dice will fall. Our wager with posterity is that human ingenuity, intelligence, and resilience of spirit is powerful enough to insist upon a very different future for the human story.

Over the coming months, the Prix Pictet’s global network of over 300 nominators will identify portfolios of work that align with the theme. As always, these portfolios will be reviewed by the independent Jury. The shortlist for Human will be presented at the Rencontres d’Arles in July 2023. The tenth laureate will be announced at the opening of the award exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London in September 2023.

Click here for more information about the nomination process.


The tour continues for the ninth cycle Fire, with forthcoming exhibitions in Saint-Paul-de-Vence, Dubai, Mexico City, Hong Kong, Singapore and New York.

In December 2021, at an award ceremony held at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Sally Mann was announced as the ninth Prix Pictet laureate. Mann was recognised for her Blackwater series (2008–12), a multifaceted exploration of the Great Dismal Swamp, which spans the border of Virginia and North Carolina. The swamp was long a treacherous refuge for people escaping slavery, and has since been devastated by wildfires.