Perhaps in our ability to carry on in adversity lies hope for us all. Hope that, despite the catastrophic damage that we have visited upon the natural world and upon the lives of our most vulnerable citizens, it is not too late to reverse the damage that we have done.
Kofi Annan (1938-2018), Hon. President, Prix Pictet, 2017
The theme for the eighth cycle of the Prix Pictet was Hope – a theme that offers a wide range of creative possibilities and a strong set of connections to the Prix Pictet’s overriding theme of sustainability. Hope in the face of adversity. Recycling. Reforestation. Rewilding. Science – advances in medicine – and technological solutions for global environmental problems. Falling poverty levels. It is time to examine some of the positive actions on sustainability that are beginning to emerge by contrast with the alarming analysis that constantly assails us in the global media.
The shortlist was announced at Les Rencontres d’Arles on 4 July 2019 and, on 13 November 2019, at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Joana Choumali was announced as the winner of Prix Pictet Hope.