Launched in 2008 by the Geneva-based wealth and asset management group Pictet, the Prix Pictet aims to uncover outstanding photography that confronts the most pressing social and environmental challenges of today. It has rapidly established itself as the world’s leading prize in photography and sustainability.
Prix Pictet, the global award in photography and sustainability, has chosen Power as the theme for its fourth cycle. As a theme, Power has enormous creative reach, embracing both hope and despair in equal measure. Over two hundred nominators worldwide recommended almost 650 photographers from seventy-six countries, many of whom presented images that are both awe-inspiring and disturbing.
French photographer Luc Delahaye is this year’s winner. The short list includes photographers Robert Adams (United States), Daniel Beltrá (Spain/United States), Mohamed Bourouissa (Algeria/France), Philippe Chancel (France), Edmund Clark (United Kingdom), Carl De Keyzer (Belgium), Rena Effendi (Azerbaijan/Egypt), Jacqueline Hassink (the Netherlands), An-My Lê (Vietnam/United States), Joel Sternfeld (United States), and Guy Tillim (South Africa).
In his foreword to the book that accompanies the award, Kofi A. Annan, former secretary general of the United Nations and honorary president of the Prix Pictet, writes, “The work of the short-listed photographers provides a vivid portrait of human vulnerability. But they also remind us that the same forces that might engender despair can also be the source of great hope. They evoke a heartening reminder of our capacity for humanity, courage, and solidarity in the face of adversity.”