Image © Richard Young
We were thrilled to learn that one of the Hundred Heroines, Joana Choumali, won the prestigious Prix Pictet, only the second woman to win – the first being another of our Hundred Heroines, Valerie Belin, in 2005.
This year’s theme was Hope and Joana’s work Ça va aller is a poignant series comprising elaborately embroidered images made on an iPhone during the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on Grand Bassam beach.
This year’s short-list included six heroinic women, and they are all making a difference through their photography.
Our warmest congratulations to them!
The Prix Pictet was founded in 2008 by the Pictet Group, and is an award of 100,000 CHF to a photographer for “a series of work that is both artistically outstanding and presents a compelling narrative related to the theme of the award”. The theme changes for each cycle, and focuses on one aspect of sustainability. 2019 was the eighth cycle. Previous themes and award recipients were:
- 2008 Water Benoit Aquin
- 2009 Earth Nadav Kandar
- 2011 Growth Mitch Epstein
- 2012 Power Luc Delahaye
- 2015 Consumption Valerié Belin
- 2017 Disorder and Space Richard Mosse
- 2019 Hope Joana Choumali