The Pictet – now in its seventh cycle of awards (roughly one competition every 18 months) – is unusual in that it not only keeps its focus firmly on themes and topics with the environment, its problems and sustainability, close at heart, it is also, relatively speaking, the richest of the lot. No less than 100,000 Swiss Francs goes to the winner. That’s nearly £80,000. Hence, many of the true greats in contemporary photography tend to be nominated – along with thousands of less well-known names.
Founded in 2008 by Swiss finance group Pictet, the awards have been themed under strictly earth-bound headings – so far, Water, Earth, Growth, Power, Consumption and Disorder – with past winners including the likes of Luc Delahaye, Valérie Balin and Benoit Aquin. This year’s awards are for images on the theme of Space, and the 12 finalists’ images will go on show at the V&A’s Porter Gallery from 6 May until the end of the month. After the V&A, the exhibition – free entry – moves off on tour around the world.
|What||Prix Pictet photography awards, V&A|
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|Nearest tube||South Kensington (underground)|
06 May 17 – 28 May 17, Times vary, check online