Alixandra Fazzina was shortlisted for “A Million Shillings—Escape from Somalia,” her long-term project documenting migrants and refugees from Somalia and the Arabian Peninsula. © Prix Pictet Ltd 2015

Alixandra Fazzina was shortlisted for “A Million Shillings—Escape from Somalia,” her long-term project documenting migrants and refugees from Somalia and the Arabian Peninsula. © Prix Pictet Ltd 2015

The organizers of the Prix Pictet today announced the 12 photographers on the shortlist for the sixth cycle of the award, which was founded by Swiss private bank Pictet Group. At CHF 100,000 CHF ($105,487), the Prix Pictet is one of the richest prizes for photography.

Each of the six cycles of the Prix Pictet have centered on a particular theme related to sustainability. The theme for the sixth Prix Pictet is Disorder. In a statement announcing the theme at a reception in November 2014, Prix Pictet chair Stephen Barber said: “The eternal struggle between order and chaos is the central tension of our times. Throughout the world there are examples of attempts to impose order without a clear understanding of the long-term consequences of so doing. With each passing day the illusion of order is shattered in a thousand different ways.” Previous themes have included Consumption, Power, Growth, Earth and Water.

The shortlisted photographers for the 2015 prize are: Ilit Azoulay (Israel); Valérie Belin (France); Matthew Brandt (U.S.); Maxim Dondyuk (Ukraine); Alixandra Fazzina (U.K.); Ori Gersht (Israel); John Gossage (U.S.); Pieter Hugo (South Africa); Gideon Mendel (South Africa); Sophie Ristelhueber (France); Brent Stirton (South Africa); Yang Yongliang (China).

Jury members for the sixth Prix Pictet are Financial Times arts writer Peter Aspden; Victoria & Albert Museum senior curator Martin Barnes; Philippe Bertherat, a former Pictet Group managing partner; photographer Edward Burtynsky; Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris curator of photography Emmanuelle de L’Ecotais; Tel Aviv Museum of Art curator Nili Goren; architect Wang Shu; Whitney Museum of Art photography curator Elisabeth Sussman; and the U.K. Foreign Secretary’s Special Representative for Climate Change, Sir David King, who is serving as chair of the jury.

More than 700 photographers were nominated for the sixth cycle of the prize.

Previous Prix Pictet winners include Michael Schmidt, Luc Delahaye, Mitch Epstein, Nadav Kander and Benoit Aquin.

The winner will be announced by Kofi Annan, the former U.N. secretary general, on November 12, 2015, at the opening of an exhibition of works by the shortlisted photographers at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. One of the shortlisted photographers will also receive a commission from Pictet Group to create a new project.

The Prix Pictet exhibition will travel the world, and the organization will publish a book of the work of the shortlisted photographers and select nominated photographers.

Ilit Azoulay, was shortlisted for her series “Imaginary Order,” a series based on the reconstruction of the Elma Arts Complex Luxury Hotel in the Israeli town of Zichron Ya’akov. © Prix Pictet Ltd 2015

Ilit Azoulay, was shortlisted for her series “Imaginary Order,” a series based on the reconstruction of the Elma Arts Complex Luxury Hotel in the Israeli town of Zichron Ya’akov. © Prix Pictet Ltd 2015

Valérie Belin, was shortlisted for “Still Life,” her series of black-and-white and color still-life images packed with seemingly disparate objects like mannequin pieces, disco balls and electrical wires. © Prix Pictet Ltd 2015

Valérie Belin, was shortlisted for “Still Life,” her series of black-and-white and color still-life images packed with seemingly disparate objects like mannequin pieces, disco balls and electrical wires. © Prix Pictet Ltd 2015

Matthew Brandt, was nominated for “Honeybees,” his series of photographs created by photographing arrangements of dead bees. © Prix Pictet Ltd 2015

Matthew Brandt, was nominated for “Honeybees,” his series of photographs created by photographing arrangements of dead bees. © Prix Pictet Ltd 2015

Maxim Dondyuk was shortlisted for “Culture of the Confrontation,” his series about the Euromaidan protests. © Prix Pictet Ltd 2015

Maxim Dondyuk was shortlisted for “Culture of the Confrontation,” his series about the Euromaidan protests. © Prix Pictet Ltd 2015

Ori Gersht was shortlisted for “Blow Up,” his series exploding floral still-lifes. © Prix Pictet Ltd 2015

Ori Gersht was shortlisted for “Blow Up,” his series exploding floral still-lifes. © Prix Pictet Ltd 2015

John Gossage was shortlisted for “Should Nature Change.”

John Gossage was shortlisted for “Should Nature Change.” © Prix Pictet Ltd 2015

Pieter Hugo was shortlisted for “Permanent Error,” his project on an informal electronic waste dump in Ghana.

Pieter Hugo was shortlisted for “Permanent Error,” his project on an informal electronic waste dump in Ghana. © Prix Pictet Ltd 2015

Gideon Mendel was shortlisted for “Drowning World,” his series of portraits of flood victims.

Gideon Mendel was shortlisted for “Drowning World,” his series of portraits of flood victims. © Prix Pictet Ltd 2015

Sophie Ristelheuber was shortlisted for “Eleven Blowups,” her series of images of bomb craters in Iraq.

Sophie Ristelheuber was shortlisted for “Eleven Blowups,” her series of images of bomb craters in Iraq. © Prix Pictet Ltd 2015

Brent Stirton was shortlisted for “A Violation of Eden,” his work on the toll of human conflict on wildlife.

Brent Stirton was shortlisted for “A Violation of Eden,” his work on the toll of human conflict on wildlife. © Prix Pictet Ltd 2015

Yang Yongliang was shortlisted for his series “Artificial Wonderland,” which mixes photographs of urban and natural landscapes.

Yang Yongliang was shortlisted for his series “Artificial Wonderland,” which mixes photographs of urban and natural landscapes. © Prix Pictet Ltd 2015

Related: German Photographer Michael Schmidt Awarded $112,500 Prix Pictet
Luc Delahaye Awarded $106K Prix Pictet
Matthew Brandt: Lakes, Trees and Honeybees


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