Prix Pictet Global Photography Award announces ‘Human’ as theme of 10th cycle at Rencontres d’Arles

The announcement was made at a presentation at the Théâtre Antique of the work of Sally Mann, last year’s Prix Pictet Laureate, as part of the annual photography festival Les Rencontres d’Arles on the evening of Friday 8 July.

Commenting on the theme, Isabelle von Ribbentrop, Executive Director, Prix Pictet, said: “We quite rightly celebrate human creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship but too often our triumphs in science, engineering and technology come at monumental cost. The human story is more often a tale of conflict and despair than of nurture, love and co-existence.

“Yet it would be too easy to read the human story as one of tragic hubris. Yet it does not end here. We stand on the threshold of the future wondering which way the dice will fall. Our wager with posterity is that human ingenuity, intelligence, and resilience of spirit is powerful enough to insist upon a very different future for the human story.”

The announcement was made at a presentation at the Théâtre Antique as part of the annual photography festival Les Rencontres d’Arles on the evening of Thursday 7 July.

The shortlist of photographers will be announced in early 2023. A major exhibition of the shortlisted portfolios will be held to accompany the award ceremony at the V&A in London in September 2023. The winner of the 10th cycle will receive a cash prize of 100,000 Swiss Francs (£86,000, USD105,000).

If you missed Sally Mann’s presentation, you can listen to it on the Prix Pictet podcast ‘A Lens on Sustainability’ here.

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Sally Mann wins Prix Pictet ‘Fire’: World’s top photography prize

Prize-winning series explores the devastating wildfires in the Great Dismal Swamp in Virginia

Photographer Sally Mann has been announced the winner of the ninth cycle of the Prix Pictet, the global award in photography and sustainability, on the theme of ‘Fire’.

For her series Blackwater, Mann explored the Great Dismal Swamp in Virginia, a dangerous terrain slithering with snakes, predators, insects and heavy foliage, that many escaped slaves travelled through towards freedom. Mann documented the vast fires and thick smoke that consumed the swamp during her visit and which seemed to epitomise the great fire of racial strife in America.

The announcement was made at a ceremony at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London on Wednesday 15 December 2021, marking the opening of a major exhibition showcasing the twelve series of powerful photographs shortlisted for the prize. The shortlisted bodies of work all explore the topical theme of ‘Fire’, which has been the focus of this cycle of the award.

    “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
    © Sally Mann: Blackwater 32 - Blackwater series 2008-2012

    The shortlisted photographers for Prix Pictet ‘Fire’ are:

    • Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, live and work in France 
    • Rinko Kawauchi, lives and works in Japan
    • Sally Mann, lives and works in the USA
    • Christian Marclay, lives and works in the United Kingdom
    • Fabrice Monteiro, lives and works in Senegal
    • Lisa Oppenheim, lives and works in the USA
    • Mak Remissa, lives and works in Cambodia
    • Carla Rippey, lives and works in Mexico 
    • Mark Ruwedel, lives and works in the USA
    • Brent Stirton, lives and works in the USA
    • David Uzochukwu, lives and works in the USA and Belgium
    • Daisuke Yokota, lives and works in Japan

    Prix Pictet Podcast Season 3: Power

    The announcement of ‘Fire’ also launched the release of the third series of the Prix Pictet podcast A Lens on Sustainability, which is released today, brings together global creators, thinkers and photographers to discuss photography and sustainability. Collaborators and guest speakers this season include Taryn Simon, Peter Frankopan, Brent Stirton, and Herminia Ibarra, among others.

    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 and Hope.

    “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


    Find out more

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