The Independent Jury of the Prix Pictet is delighted to announce the Water Shortlist. From an exceptional field of over 200 photographers from 43 countries, the judges have shortlisted 18 photographers who have produced works that are of outstanding artistic merit and communicate messages of urgent global significance.
The shortlisted artists are:
Jesus Abad Colorado
Thomas Joshua Cooper
Carl De Keyzer
Each of the shortlisted photographers will now be invited to show their work at the Palais de Tokyo at the end of October. As well as the works shortlisted for the award, the judges have identified a series of powerful images that they wish to bring to public attention. These will also be shown at the Palais de Tokyo. The winner of the first Prix Pictet will be announced on 30 October and will receive CHF100,000 (£50,000). At the same time one of the shortlisted artists will be offered a commission worth CHF40,000 (£20,000) to record a water-related project supported by Pictet & Cie.
The exhibition at Palais de Tokyo will run until 8 November.
Starting in Dubai in November an exhibition of work by artists shortlisted for Prix Pictet 2008 will tour the world. The aim of the tour is to use the power of photography to attract attention to, and stimulate debate about, the most pressing environmental issues of our time.