The Musée de l’Élysée in Lausanne, Switzerland just launched its applications for the 2018-2020 Prix Élysée. This international photography prize is encouraging “mid-career artists to develop an original project on the theme of their choice. ”
The prize selection is divided into two stages. First, the jury will announce the eight nominees during La nuit des images (Night of Images) in Lausanne. Each of them will receive 5000 Swiss francs (about 4200 euros) and will be published in a joint catalogue. Second, the jury will choose a final winner. The winner will receive 80 000 Swiss francs (about 68 000 euros) to finance his project. The laureate also gain logistical, material and human support from the Musée de l’Elysée.
In 2016, Matthias Bruggmann won the prize for his project A haunted world where it never shows on the Syrian conflict. He won among seven other candidates, Isabelle Blanc and Olivier Hilaire, Elina Brotherus, David Jimenez, Sofie Knijff, Jim Naughten, Emeka Okereke and Zhao Renhui. The prize received nearly 440 applications, dispatched among 69 nationalities.
Applications are opened until March 4, 2018.