Benoit Aquin is a photojournalist and landscape photographer concentrating on the exploration of large-scale environmental issues and their impact on humanity. He has exhibited widely and his work is part of the collection in the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, Ottawa. He has received numerous awards for his work including the Grand Prix in the Lux competitions in 2001 and 2007; the Prix Antoine-Desilets for his image titled Tsunami (2001), Grand Prix, Prix du Jury and Prix Le Soleil in the Regards du Québec competition (1996). His photographs have been featured in publications worldwide.
Benoit Aquin is the Winner of the inaugural Prix Pictet, Water, for his series The Chinese Dust Bowl.
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.
Francis Hodgson, Chairman
Photography Critic, Financial Times
Winner, Prix Pictet 2008
Arts Editor, Financial Times
Loa Haagen Pictet
Art Consultant & Curator, Pictet & Cie
Founding Partner of Zaha Hadid Architects
Professor Sir David King
Director, Smith School of Enterprise and Environment, University of Oxford and former Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK Government
Director, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo