Shortlist announced for world’s top photography prize

Selected works reflect the 8th cycle theme of ‘Hope’

The shortlist of twelve photographers selected for the eighth cycle of the Prix Pictet, the global award in photography and sustainability, was announced last night, Thursday 4 July 2019, at a presentation at the opening of Les Rencontres d’Arles International Photography Festival.

The artists shortlisted for the eighth Prix Pictet are Shahidul Alam (Bangladesh), Joana Choumali (Côte d’Ivoire), Margaret Courtney-Clarke (Namibia), Rena Effendi (Azerbaijan), Lucas Foglia (United States), Janelle Lynch (United States), Ross McDonnell (Ireland), Gideon Mendel (South Africa), Ivor Prickett (Ireland), Robin Rhode (South Africa), Awoiska van der Molen (Netherlands), Alexia Webster (South Africa).

In the words of Kofi Annan, (1938-2018) Honorary Founding President of Prix Pictet: “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 our most vulnerable citizens, it is not too late to reverse the damage that we have done.”
The winner of the Prix Pictet will be announced on Wednesday 13 November 2019, on the occasion of the opening of an exhibition of works by the twelve shortlisted photographers at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

More about the shortlist

Global award in photography and sustainability

In 2008, the partners of the Pictet Group created the Prix Pictet prize to draw worldwide attention to and stimulate action on issues of sustainability through the medium of photography.

Since foundation, the Prix Pictet has focused on environmental themes: there have been seven, beginning with Water, followed by Earth, Growth, Power, Consumption, Disorder, Space.

Theme for the 8th cycle

At a special evening at the Rencontres d’Arles on 5 July 2018 the theme for the eighth cycle of the Prix Pictet was announced. The new theme is Hope. The prize is awarded on a two-year cycle.


“It is my hope that the Prix Pictet will help to deepen understanding of the changes taking place in our world and raise public awareness about the urgency of taking preventative action.”

Kofi Annan (1938-2018) Former Honorary President, Prix Pictet

A tribute to Kofi Annan
By Stephen Barber, Chairman, Prix Pictet


The Prix Pictet celebrates its 10-year anniversary
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Among other festivities commemorating the ten year anniversary, we recently opened a retrospective exhibition at the renowned Rencontres d’Arles photography festival in the south of France. This show is a rare opportunity to view together the work of the seven laureates, Benoit Aquin, Nadav Kander, Mitch Epstein, Luc Delahaye, Michael Schmidt, Valerie Belin and Richard Mosse.

Ten years of existence Raising awareness

4000 nominated artists through 7 cycles
of the Prix Pictet

89 shortlisted photographers by 300 world-class

92 exhibitions in 40 cities

Latest winner

In May 2017 Richard Mosse was announced winner of the 7th cycle of the Prix Pictet, “Space”. Selected from a shortlist, Mosse was chosen for his series Heat Maps 2016-17.

Richard Mosse’s Heat Maps series documents refugee camps using a military grade thermal camera that can detect body heat from a distance of 30.3 km. The series focuses on the journey of migrants across Europe, the Middle East and north Africa. Mosse has used the camera to scan the sites, creating densely detailed panoramic thermal images, tracing each camp’s perimeter and the anthropology of life within.

Video interview with Richard Mosse
Richard Mosse’s works on Prix Pictet website


“For ten years the Prix Pictet has campaigned through powerful images to bring global attention to critical issues of sustainability. Many of the finest photographers on the planet have turned their lenses on the greatest threats facing humankind in the 21st century. Have we made a difference? I sincerely believe so.”

Sir David King Chair of the Prix Pictet Jury

Prix Pictet Exhibition Prix Pictet ‘Space’ Vernissage at EPFL ArtLab, Lausanne, Switzerland - September 2018

Find out more

Visit Prix Pictet website for more information on the Global award in photography and sustainability.