The Prix Pictet aims to harness the power of photography – all genres of photography – to draw global attention to issues of sustainability, especially those concerning the environment.
Founded in 2008 by the Pictet Group, the Prix Pictet has become the world’s leading award for photography and sustainability. To date, there have been eight cycles of the award each of which has highlighted a particular facet of sustainability. The nine themes are Water, Earth, Growth, Power, Consumption, Disorder, Space, Hope and Fire.
Entry to the award is strictly by nomination. The network of nominators worldwide (currently numbering 300) have, over the course of the eight cycles, nominated 4,700 artists for the award. Taken together the nominated works present a powerful testament to the fragile state of our planet.
Since 2008 the eight cycles of the Prix Pictet have been shown in exhibitions in many major cities of the world with visitor numbers of over 550,000.
The Prix Pictet is an award of 100,000 CHF given to the photographer who, in the opinion of the independent jury, has produced a series of work that is both artistically outstanding and presents a compelling narrative related to the theme of the award. The eight Prix Pictet winners are Benoit Aquin, Nadav Kander, Mitch Epstein, Luc Delahaye, Michael Schmidt, Valérie Belin, Richard Mosse and Joana Choumali.
For each cycle of the Prix Pictet, a book has been published and distributed worldwide. Each book showcases the work the shortlisted photographers as well as powerful images produced by a selection of the other nominated photographers.