The global award in photography and sustainability


About Space

Our revels now are ended. These our actors,
As I foretold you, were all spirits, and
Are melted into air, into thin air:
And like the baseless fabric of this vision,
The cloud-capp’d tow’rs, the gorgeous palaces,
The solemn temples, the great globe itself,
Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve,
And, like this insubstantial pageant faded,
Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff
As dreams are made on;

The Tempest by William Shakespeare, ca. 1610-11


The theme for the seventh cycle of the Prix Pictet is Space – 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. It is a deliberately broad theme that could embrace subjects as diverse as overpopulation, territorial dispute, air pollution, cyber space, wind borne diseases, hurricanes, as well the fragility of the planet’s great wildernesses and our tendency to fill space – from the oceans to outer space – with junk and many things besides.

The Jury for Prix Pictet Space is:
Sir David King (Chair), UK Foreign Secretary’s Special Representative for Climate Change; Valérie Belin, photographer and Laureate of Prix Pictet Disorder; Martin Barnes, Senior Curator, Photographs, V&A; Philippe Bertherat, former managing partner, Pictet Group; Jan Dalley, Arts Editor, Financial Times; Emmanuelle de l’Écotais, Curator of Photography, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; Dambisa Moyo, economist and author; Sebastião Salgado, photographer; Wang Shu, architect.
Sir David King, Chair of the Jury, said: “The works presented for this edition of the Prix Pictet were of an exceptionally high standard. The range of creative response by the some 700 photographers nominated for the award was truly remarkable. Reviewing work of such quality and diversity was no easy task, but no less fascinating for that. After a long debate we arrived at a shortlist of twelve artists. On behalf of the jury I should like to congratulate each of them. We very much look forward to reviewing their work at the V&A next year.”

The shortlist of twelve photographers selected for the seventh Prix Pictet, Space was announced on 10 November 2016, at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris.

The photographers are:

Mandy Barker | United Kingdom
Saskia Groneberg | Germany
Beate Gütschow | Germany
Rinko Kawauchi | Japan
Benny Lam | Hong Kong
Richard Mosse | Ireland
Sohei Nishino | Japan
Sergey Ponomarev | Russia
Thomas Ruff | Germany
Munem Wasif | Bangladesh
Pavel Wolberg | Russia
Michael Wolf | Germany

The work of the 12 finalists was shown in an exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) in London. Kofi Annan, Honorary President of the Prix Pictet announced on 4 May 2017 that Richard Mosse had won the seventh Prix Pictet for his series ‘Heat Maps’.

Following the show in London, the Prix Pictet Space exhibition will be touring globally.