At Photo Elysée, we think that accompanying photographers in the evolution of their career is as important as preserving their art for future generations. It is in a shared commitment to foster creativity and support the production of new work that Photo Elysée and Parmigiani Fleurier have partnered since 2014 to launch the Prix Elysée. The Prize runs every two years. The fifth edition takes place from 2022-2024.
The Prix Elysée is a two-phase publishing prize in which two books are produced: The Nominees’ Book (year 1) and the Book of the Winner (year 2).
The Prize is open to photographers or artists using photography, regardless of age or nationality, whose work has been the subject of first exhibitions and publications that have brought them national recognition, or even international visibility. However, they have not yet benefited from a mid-career retrospective. They are recommended by a reputed professional in the field of photography, contemporary art, cinema, fashion, journalism or publishing. There is no preference for any particular photographic genre or technique. The Prize has no theme. The proposed projects must be unpublished, i.e. never exhibited or published before, and must not have participated in other prizes.
During the first year, Photo Elysée selects 8 nominees upon their entry portfolios. Each will receive a contribution of CHF 5,000 for a first presentation of their project in The Nominees’ Book, a collective publication created for the occasion. A curator accompanies them throughout the process.
The following year, an international jury examines the complete file of each nominee and choose the winner. She/He receives CHF 80,000. Half of this sum is allocated to the production of the project and half to the publication of the book, both of which must be completed on time and within budget. The curator will continue to accompany the winner in this process. The project and book are presented at a major Museum event. The winning project does not result in an exhibition.
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