Prix Elysée 2018

8 nominees, 1 book, 1 winner, a huge opportunity..


What is it about?
The Prix Elysée is a prize supporting artistic production in the field of photography. Result of a partnership between the Musée de l’Elysée (Lausanne, Switzerland) and Parmigiani Fleurier, it offers financial help and curatorial guidance to artists with a passion for photography and books, so they can take a decisive step in their career.

Who can apply for the Prix Elysée?
The Prix Elysée is open to mid-career photographers or artists from around the world. They 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.

How does it work?
Eight nominees are selected by the Musée de l’Elysée upon their entry portfolios. Each will receive a contribution of CHF5,000 towards the initial presentation of an original and new project in the nominees’ book, published for the occasion. The winner, chosen by an international jury, will receive CHF80,000 to produce his/her project and publish a book. The eight nominees and the winner will all benefit from important exposure throughout the duration of the prize (2018-2020). The nominees’ and the winner’s books will be printed by one of the Sandoz Family Foundation printing companies.

How to apply?
Application guidelines and the complete prize rules are available in
English and French at


The following grants will be awarded as part of the Prix Elysée:
• A contribution of CHF 5,000 to each of the eight nominated photographers.
• A prize worth CHF 80,000 to the winner, half of which is to be used to produce the project,
and half for the book publication.
The photographers may only use these sums to carry out the work required as part of the Prix


Mid-career photographers from all over the world are accepted

Copyrights & Usage Rights:

• All texts and images submitted as part of the Prix Elysée must be free of third party
rights following the submission of applications.
• The Musée de l’Elysée and Parmigiani Fleurier will have the necessary rights for
publicity and promoting the Prix Elysée by the Musée and Parmigiani Fleurier, for
publication in the press and projection in the course of the Nuit des images.
• These obligations remain in force for the nominees until the winner is announced. The
winner’s image rights will be detailed in a separate contract with the museum.
• By entering the competition, photographers accept all aforementioned terms and


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