‘Fire’ is the theme for the 9th Prix Pictet

Over the last years, we have seen an outbreak of catastrophic fires across the world. In its untamed form, fire wreaks terrible destruction, yet it has long been associated to renewal and rebirth.

Prix Pictet, the world’s leading prize for photography and sustainability, today announces ‘Fire’ will be the theme of its ninth cycle. The shortlist of photographers will be announced at a special event at Les Rencontres d’Arles in early July 2021. A major exhibition of work by the shortlisted photographers will be held at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London in December 2021, where the winner will be announced at an awards ceremony on 15 December 2021.

“In the twelve years since we launched the award, two of the greatest threats to life on the planet—excess resource depletion and damaging climate change—have only intensified.”

Renaud de Planta Senior Partner of the Pictet Group

‘Next year, 2021, when the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) meets in Glasgow, will be critical in building on the commitments made at the 2015 Paris Agreement. Our aim with the Prix Pictet is to harness the power of photography to influence government, business and society to work towards a more sustainable future.’ says Renaud de Planta.

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A lens on sustainability Prix Pictet Podcasts

Launch of the second season

Today’s announcement also launches the second season of the Prix Pictet Podcast, A lens on sustainability, where global photographers, curators, writers and philosophers discuss the intersection of photography and sustainability.

The first of six episodes, released today, centres on the new theme, ‘Fire’, featuring former Prix Pictet laureates Daniel Beltrá and Richard Mosse as well as guest speakers Sebastião Salgado and A. C. Grayling.

Discover the e-book that will accompany the ‘Fire’ episode of the podcast

Fire e-book

‘Fire’ e-book

‘Prix Pictet: A lens on sustainability’ podcasts can be streamed or downloaded on Spotify, Apple Podcasts or the Prix Pictet website.