The global award in photography and sustainability


About Water

The theme of the inaugural Prix Pictet was Water. It is, after all, through water that we are able to see the earliest and most devastating manifestations of climate change: threats to our food supply, to our health, to fragile ecosystems, to the ground on which we live and even to our peace and security.

Over 200 photographers from 43 countries were nominated for the first Prix Pictet, and such was the power of the work submitted that the jury decided to shortlist 18 artists.

Kofi Annan, the Honorary President of the Prix Pictet, awarded the prize to the Canadian photographer Benoit Aquin at the opening of the shortlist exhibition at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris. Munem Wasif was invited to complete the Water Commission by visiting the Satkhira region of southwest Bangladesh, where the Pictet Group were supporting the work of the UK based charity, WaterAid.