Prix Pictet: The power of photography

Created in 2008, under the impetus of Pictet, the Prix Pictet has rapidly established itself as the world’s leading prize in photography and sustainability.

Prix Pictet "Space"

Richard Mosse wins 7th Prix Pictet

Richard Mosse was announced as winner of the seventh Prix Pictet, Space, selected from a shortlist of twelve. Mosse was chosen for his series Heat Maps 2016-17.

Kofi Annan, Honorary President of Prix Pictet, announced the prize at a reception for the opening of an exhibition of the work of the shortlisted photographers at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, which opens to the public on 6 May and continues until 28 May 2017.

The Award Ceremony

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.

Why the Prix Pictet?

The Prix Pictet has a unique mandate — to use the power of photography to communicate crucial messages to a global audience; and it aims to uncover photographs that communicate an important message about global environmental and social issues with the broad theme of sustainability.

Since it was established, the Prix Pictet has become one of the world's most important champions of photography and sustainability. The first two cycles of the Prix Pictet have surpassed expectations and the prize now plays to a global audience of over 400 million.

The Prix Pictet has two elements: the prize of CHF 100,000 awarded to the photographer who, in the opinion of the independent jury, has produced a series of work that speaks most powerfully to the theme of the award; and the Commission, awarded by the Partners of the Pictet Group, in which a nominated photographer is invited to undertake a field trip to a region where Pictet is supporting a sustainability project.

Each cycle has a specific theme. The first six cycles were Disorder, Consumption, Power, Growth, Earth and Water. Previous winners have been Valérie Belin (6th cycle, Disorder), Michael Schmidt (5th cycle, Consumption), Luc Delahaye (4th cycle, Power), Mitch Epstein (3rd cycle, Growth), Nadav Kander (2nd cycle, Earth), Benoit Aquin (1st cycle, Water).

"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. The images submitted for the Prix Pictet confront us with the scale of the threat we face and they act to inspire governments, businesses — and all of us as individuals — to step up to the challenge and support change for a sustainable world."


Kofi Annan, Honorary President, Prix Pictet

Partners of the Prix Pictet


The Financial Times is the global media partner of the Prix Pictet. The Prix Pictet has regional and specialist media partnerships with Canvas Magazine (UAE), ArtAsiaPacific, Le Monde, The Washington Post and Monocle.


teNeues is the publishing partner of the Prix Pictet.


Jouve Associés, Les Rencontres Arles Photographie and the Saatchi Gallery are the event partners of the Prix Pictet.


In Arles in July 2013 the Prix Pictet announced a historic partnership with the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) in London and the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. These international museum partnerships signal an important new phase in the development of the Prix Pictet and will provide a major platform for the work of the shortlisted photographers.

The Prix Pictet Awards Ceremony and Finalists’ Exhibition now alternates between London and Paris, with the V&A hosting the fifth edition in May 2014.

Related information

More information about the photographers and the prize is available on the Prix Pictet website.