The global award in photography and sustainability

Kofi Annan
1938 – 2018

It was with immense sadness that we learned, on Saturday 18th August, of the death of Kofi Annan. He served as honorary president of the Prix Pictet from its inception in 2008. Commenting on the influence he had on the prize since its early days, the Chairman of the Prix Pictet, Stephen Barber, said, ‘Apart from being a statesman of global renown, Kofi Annan was a great champion of sustainability. His wise counsel and the inspirational example of his actions helped us shape the prize. He is unforgettable and he is irreplaceable.’
Writing in the first Prix Pictet book, Water, Kofi Annan outlined his hope that the photographs submitted for the award would ‘confront us with the scale of the threats we face and inspire all of us to step up to the challenge and support change for a sustainable world’.

The current Prix Pictet laureate, Richard Mosse, recently summed up the feelings of everyone who encountered him in saying, ‘Meeting Kofi Annan was one of the greatest honours of my life. I have profound respect for him, the risks he took in his work and how seriously he worked to assist and advocate for refugees and displaced people around the world. We need him now more than ever.’



The theme for the seventh cycle of the Prix Pictet is Space - a theme that offers a wide range of creative possibilities and a strong set of connections to the Prix Pictet's overriding theme of sustainability. The Prix Pictet Jury includes three new members - winner of Prix Pictet Disorder Valérie Belin, the economist and author Dambisa Moyo and the renowned photographer Sebastião Salgado. The artists shortlisted for the seventh cycle were unveiled at an evening screening at the Musée d’Art Moderne in Paris on 10 November 2016 and can be viewed here. At an event at London's Victoria and Albert Museum Richard Mosse was revealed as the winner of the seventh Prix Pictet for his series Heat Maps.