The global award in photography and sustainability

Prix Pictet Fire – Shortlist

The shortlist of thirteen photographers selected for the ninth cycle of the Prix Pictet, the global award in photography and sustainability, was announced last night at  the opening week of Les Rencontres d’Arles International photography festival.

The shortlisted photographers are:

Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige (Lebanon)
Rinko Kawauchi (Japan)
Sally Mann (USA)
Christian Marclay (USA/ Switzerland)
Fabrice Monteiro (Belgium/Benin)
Lisa Oppenheim (USA)
Mak Remissa (Cambodia)
Carla Rippey (Mexico)

Mark Ruwedel (USA)
Brent Stirton (South Africa)
David Uzochukwu (Austria/Nigeria)
Daisuke Yokota (Japan)

The winner of the Prix Pictet will be announced on Wednesday 15 December 2021, at the opening of an exhibition of works by the twelve shortlisted photographers at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

Sir David King, Chair of the Prix Pictet jury, said about the shortlist:

“The Jury was privileged to review an outstanding set of portfolios from over 300 artists whose work exhibited a remarkably diverse set of responses to the theme of Fire, in a year that has been critically important for global sustainability. I am proud to say that our jury rose to the challenge admirably, working across time zones and both virtually and in person. The result is a brilliant and timely interpretation of the theme of Fire by photographers at differing stages in their careers.”

Prix Pictet is proud to launch an interactive exhibition of Confinement.

In their own compelling images and words, 43 of the more than 90 past shortlisted Prix Pictet photographers give us their personal response to the Covid-19 crisis.

The project began with a series of inspiring commissions in partnership with The Guardian, before growing into a book, Confinement, published by teNeues earlier this year. This digital exhibition invites a closer look into each artist’s response, with new unseen images, as they move beyond emerging clichés of deserted cityscapes, overflowing hospitals and returning wildlife. Their images respond to the issues that confront us today and at the same time look to a new future and to new ways of thinking about the world.

Fiona Shields, The Guardian’s Head of Photography, gives the first guided tour of the exhibition online. Follow to explore the exhibition and join the tour. Forthcoming tours will be announced on our social media in the next few weeks.


Prix Pictet announces ‘Fire’ as the theme for the ninth cycle of the award. As Chair Stephen Barber explains, the choice of theme is timely. “Fire has hardly been out of the news since the inferno that consumed Notre Dame in Paris in early 2019. We have seen record rainforest blazes in the Amazon, forest and bush fires in Australia and conflagrations in California. It is the fourth element. Fire destroys and it renews. Fire means survival, renewal, and economic prosperity. Yet our abuse of this most capricious of elements is the source of most of our environmental woes.”