The Prix Pictet is, amongst other things, a celebration of visual storytelling in its many forms. The challenge the prize faced at the outset some 12 years ago was to find a way to overcome the desensitisation induced by the many thousands of worthy words that had, even then, been written about the environmental catastrophe that humankind was inflicting on the planet. Photography, with its ability to communicate powerful messages without recourse to language, was the perfect medium.

There are of course many ways to tell a story and many possible points of departure. Some artists like to jump ...


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