The Musée de l'Elysée in Lausanne, Switzerland, is launching a new photography prize!
Through our exhibitions and our major summer event the Nuit des images, the Musée de l’Elysée supports photographers in the production of their work. A photography prize is another way to fulfill this fundamental mission of our institution. It is in a shared commitment to foster creativity and new work that the Musée de l’Elysée enters into a partnership with Parmigiani Fleurier to launch the Prix Elysée.
"At the Musée de l'Elysée, we think that supporting photographers in the evolution of their career is as important as preserving their art for future generations."
–Sam Stourdzé, Director
The Prix Elysée is open to promising photographers or artists using photography, regardless of nationality, who have already enjoyed their first exhibitions and publications. Photographers must be recommended by a reputed professional in the fields of photography, contemporary art, cinema, fashion, journalism or publishing. There is no imposed theme or preference for any particular photographic genre or technique.
The Musée de l'Elysée will select eight nominees upon their entry portfolios. Each will receive a contribution of CHF 5,000 towards the initial presentation of an original and new project in the nominees' book, published for the occasion. This book will accompany the nominees' complete portfolios in the final consideration before the jury of experts. The winner will receive CHF 80,000 to be divided between the completion of the proposed project and the publication of the accompanying book within one year. A curator from the Musée de l'Elysée will advise the winner throughout this process. Both the project and book will be presented at one of the museum's most important events, the Nuit des images. The nominees' and the winner's books will be printed by one of the Sandoz Family Foundation printing companies.
Applicants may download the official rules for the Prix Elysée at www.prixelysee.ch.
For more information about the Nuit des images: www.nuitdesimages.org
3 February–25 April 2014
Late June 2014
Announcement of the eight Prix Elysée nominees at the Nuit des images.
Presentation of the Prix Elysée nominees' book at the Musée de l'Elysée and the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie in Geneva in collaboration with Parmigiani Fleurier
Late June 2015
Announcement of the Prix Elysée winner at the Nuit des images
Late June 2016
Presentation of the awarded project and publication at the Nuit des images