Space 2017

Richard Mosse, Idomeni, Series: Heat Maps, 2016.

The theme for the seventh cycle of the Prix Pictet is Space – a theme that offers a wide range of creative possibilities and a strong set of connections to the Prix Pictet’s overriding theme of sustainability. It is a deliberately broad theme that could embrace subjects as diverse as overpopulation, territorial dispute, air pollution, cyber space, wind borne diseases, hurricanes, as well the fragility of the planet’s great wildernesses and our tendency to fill space – from the oceans to outer space – with junk and many things besides. The shortlist of twelve photographers selected for the seventh Prix Pictet, Space was announced on 10 November 2016, at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris.

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The works presented for this edition of the Prix Pictet were of an exceptionally high standard. The range of creative response by the some 700 photographers nominated for the award was truly remarkable. Reviewing work of such quality and diversity was no easy task, but no less fascinating for that. After a long debate we arrived at a shortlist of twelve artists. On behalf of the jury I should like to congratulate each of them. We very much look forward to reviewing their work at the V&A next year.
Sir David King, Chair of the Jury.


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.

Sir David King (Chairman)

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

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Martin Barnes

Senior Curator of Photographs, Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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Valérie Belin

Photographer and Laureate of Prix Pictet Disorder

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Philippe Bertherat

Former Managing Partner, Pictet Group

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Jan Dalley

Arts Editor, Financial Times

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Emmanuelle de l’Écotais

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

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Dambisa Moyo

Economist and Author

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Sebastião Salgado


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Wang Shu


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Winner interview

In this short interview, Irish photographer Richard Mosse discusses his project Heat Maps, for which he has been awarded the seventh Prix Pictet.

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