In a ceremony at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Ivorian photographer Joana Choumali was presented with the Eighth Prix Pictet for her series Ça va aller (it will be ok) on this cycle’s theme of Hope. Her winning series presents photographs taken three weeks after the terrorist attacks in Grand Bassam on Sunday 13th March, 2016. Choumali said ‘This work is a way to address the way Ivorian people deal with trauma and mental health. Each stitch was a way to recover, to lay down the emotions, the loneliness, and mixed feelings I felt. Adding embroidery on these street photographs was an act of channelling hope and resilience.’
An independent jury, chaired by Sir David King, selected Joana Choumali for the CHF 100,000 (£78,000) prize from a shortlist of twelve. An exhibition of work from the shortlisted portfolios has now embarked on a global tour.