At a special evening at the Rencontres d’Arles on 5 July the theme for the eighth cycle of the Prix Pictet was announced. The new theme is Hope. The announcement was made by the Chairman of the Prix Pictet, Stephen Barber. The cycle of Prix Pictet Hope will begin now and further announcements will follow shortly.
The announcement was made at a ceremony to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Prix Pictet, at the Théâtre Antique in Arles. A special retrospective exhibition also opened today – chronicling the work of all previous winners of the award.
Launched in 2008 with a groundbreaking mandate to document and highlight the global issue of sustainability, Prix Pictet immediately attracted the best photographers in the world to participate. The project has grown over the past ten years, now attracting nominations from more than 300 world class experts internationally, representing the work of more than 4,000 artists through seven cycles of the Prix Pictet. 87 exhibitions in major cities have been shown including at the Prix Pictet’s partner museum, the V&A Museum in London, as well as at the Musée d’Art Moderne in Paris.
Sir David King, Chair of the Prix Pictet Jury, said, “For ten years the Prix Pictet has campaigned through powerful images to bring global attention to critical issues of sustainability – especially environmental, but also social and governance issues. I am immensely proud of that. Many of the finest photographers on the planet have turned their lenses on what are arguably the greatest threats facing humankind in the 21st century. And they have appeared on our shortlists. Have we made a difference? I sincerely believe so, and we can celebrate that. But we cannot relax our vigilance, for the sustainability challenges we are up against are even more pressing than they were back in 2008.”