Prix Pictet

Founded by the Swiss bank Pictet & Cie in 2008, the Prix Pictet has established itself as the world’s leading prize in photography and sustainability. It has two elements: the prize of SFr100,000 and the Commission, in which a nominated photographer is invited to undertake a field trip to a region where the bank is supporting a sustainability project. Luc Delahaye is the most recent Prix Pictet winner. His photograph ‘Les Pillards’, below, is on the theme of Power

Photograph by Luc Delahaye
©Simon Norfolk

Prix Pictet IV commission: Power

Photographs by Prix Pictet commission winner Simon Norfolk follow the cycle of the seasons in Afghanistan

Prix Pictet winner Luc Delahaye’s ‘Man Sleeping, Dubai’
©Galerie Nathalie Obadia

Prix Pictet IV winner: Power

Last year’s Prix Pictet went to French photographer Luc Delahaye. Jan Dalley was one of the judges

Jean-Pierre Bemba supporters
©Guy Tillim, Prix Pictet

Prix Pictet IV shortlist: Power

Photographers on this year’s shortlist have tackled the paradoxical nature of power

An elephant killed for its tusk

Prix Pictet III commission: Growth

American photographer Chris Jordan documents a radical conservation strategy in Kenya

Mitch Epstein’s ‘Amos Coal Power Plant, Raymond City, West Virginia 2004’ photograph

Prix Pictet III shortlist: Growth

Prix Pictet hopefuls have focused on the dark side of this year’s theme

‘Midway Atoll, 2009’ from the series ‘Midway: Message from the Gyre’ by Chris Jordan (born US, 1963)
©Chris Jordan

Prix Pictet III shortlist: Growth

Because photography is what it is, these pictures are multicultural, needing no translation wherever they go

©Nadav Kander

Prix Pictet II winner: Earth

Nadav Kander’s attention to the ‘smallness of the individual’ powered his award-winning series

©Edward Burtynsky

Prix Pictet II shortlist: Earth

From marble mines in Portugal to the changing shoreline of the Yangtze river

©Benoit Aquin

The first Prix Pictet

Jan Dalley wonders what the inaugural award suggests about 21st-century sustainability