Power 2014

Daniel Beltrá, Oil Spill #3: Boats gather near remaining oil platforms by the site of the Deepwater Horizon wellhead, leaving oily wakes as they move through the polluted water. Gulf of Mexico, United States, 2010.

The theme of the fourth cycle of the Prix Pictet was Power. As a theme Power is vast and paradoxical; it embraces hope and despair in equal measure. Over 650 photographers from 76 countries were nominated for the award by over 200 experts from five continents. They presented images that are both awe-inspiring and disturbing. 

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From these submissions the independent jury, chaired by Professor Sir David King, shortlisted 12 artists from ten different countries. The Shortlist was announced at Les Rencontres d’Arles on 4 July 2012, and worldwide in the Financial Times on 7 July 2012. The shortlisted artists’ work was brought together for the Finalists’ Exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery, London. Luc Delahaye was announced as the winner of the fourth Prix Pictet by Lord Norman Foster at the Saatchi Gallery on 9 October 2012. At the same time Simon Norfolk was chosen by the Partners of the Pictet Group to undertake the fourth Commission. Following the London exhibition, Prix Pictet Power embarked on a worldwide tour.


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.

  • Jan Dalley

    Arts Editor, Financial Times

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  • Mitch Epstein

    Winner, Prix Pictet Growth

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  • Michael Fried

    Art Historian & Critic

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  • Loa Haagen Pictet

    Art Consultant & Curator, Pictet & Cie

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  • Leo Johnson

    Sustainability Consultant

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  • Fumio Nanjo

    Director, Mori Art Museum (Tokyo)

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  • Martin Roth

    Director, Victoria and Albert Museum (London)

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With each Prix Pictet award, Pictet supports a charity whose work reflects the theme of the prize. Simon Norfolk will visit Afghanistan with the support of Medair’s Afghan and international staff working on the ground.

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Simon Norfolk, Prix Pictet Commission, 2012.