Second sustainable photography prize has Earth theme

by Published Fri 08 May 2009 18:21
Striking image from 2008 shortlist

Organisers of the world’s first photography prize for sustainability, the Prix Pictet, have announced that more than 250 photographers have been nominated for the 2009 award.

The Jury of six experts, led by the head of photographs for Sotheby’s and including last year’s winner, are currently assessing entries for the shortlist, which will be revealed on 9 July.

Following the inaugural event in 2008, for which the theme was Water, this year’s competition is based around the concept of Earth. The Prix Pictet was launched with the aim of harnessing the power of photography to communicate vital messages about the social and environmental threats of today’s world.

Speaking at last year’s final award ceremony, Kofi Annan, the Prix Pictet’s honorary president, stated: “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. The images submitted for the Prix Pictet confront us with the scale of the threat we face and they act to inspire governments, businesses – and all of us as individuals – to step up to the challenge and support change for a sustainable world.”

Entries are nominated by a team of international experts in the visual arts and media, and tend to be professional photographers, artists and photojournalists. Those named on the shortlist will take their portfolio of up to 10 themed images to an exhibition in Paris, where the overall winner will be announced by Kofi Annan on 22 October.

The prize, sponsored by the Geneva private bank Pictet & Cie, carries a winner’s fund of CHF100,000. One of the shortlisted photographers will also be offered a commission to record a sustainability project linked to the Earth theme.

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