Disorder 2016

Yang Yongliang, From the New World, 2014.

The theme of the sixth cycle of the Prix Pictet photography prize is DisorderThe work of the twelve finalists selected for the sixth cycle was first shown at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris in November 2015. Here the French photographer Valérie Belin was awarded the CHF 100,000 winner’s prize by Honorary President Kofi Annan. 

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In the energy exchange of life on Earth, the natural world maintains a delicate balance between order and disorder. We ought to be more conscious of how our own actions upset this balance.
Stephen Barber, Chairman, Prix Pictet, commenting on the theme of Disorder.


The jury for the Prix Pictet are a group of leading experts in the visual arts from around the world including directors of major museums and galleries as well as journalists and critics. They lead the global search for images of high artistic qcuality and narrative power and fit the theme of a particular cycle.

  • Professor Sir David King (Chairman)

    UK Foreign Secretary’s Special Representative for Climate Change (SRCC)

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  • Peter Aspden

    Arts Writer, Financial Times

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  • Martin Barnes

    Senior Curator of Photographs, Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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  • Philippe Bertherat

    Former Managing Partner Pictet Group

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  • Edward Burtynsky


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  • Emmanuelle de l’Écotais

    Curator of Photography, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris

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  • Nili Goren

    Curator of Photography, Tel Aviv Museum of Art

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  • Wang Shu


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  • Elisabeth Sussman

    Sondra Gilman Curator of Photography, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

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The natural order of things is being overturned. Everywhere we find signs of the threat that humanity poses to the planet, the consequence of our addiction to carbon-based energy and our blind belief in limitless rises in production. Our attempts to impose order simply draws attention to the pervasive disorder. With each passing day our illusion of order is shattered.
Kofi Annan writes in his introduction to the book, “Disorder.”

Winner interview

At a special presentation at Les Rencontres d'Arles in 2016 the winner of Prix Pictet Disorder Valérie Belin spoke with Philip Prodger - Head of Photographs Collection at the National Portrait Gallery.

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