French photographer Stéphane Lavoué won the 2018 edition of the Niépce Gens d’images prize. He sponsored by Marie-Pierre Subtil (editor of the magazine 6Mois). Born in 1976 in Mulhouse, Stéphane Lavoué is a graduate from the Ecole Supérieure du Bois in Nantes in 1998. Working for a French industrial group in the Amazon, he returned to France in 2011 and became involved in photography. He joined the Myop school in 2006 and the Pasco collective in 2010. He started his project The North East Kingdom in 2013.
The Nièpce prize was created in 1955 by Albert Plécy. It is one of the oldest photographic awards in France and seeks to popularize little known or anonymous photographers. He distinguishes each year ‘the work of a confirmed photographer, aged under 50, French or residing in France for more than three years.’
The prize was chaired by Héloïse Conésa, curator for contemporary photography in the Department of Prints and Photography (BNF). The prize also benefits from the technical and financial support of the Picto Foundation. The Picto Foundation produces a work with the winner.