Prix Elysée

Luis Carlos Tovar winner of the third edition of the PrixElysée, with his project “My Father’s Garden”.

The Musée de l’Elysée and Parmigiani Fleurier are thrilled to announce that Luis Carlos Tovar wins the third edition of the Prix Elysée. The Colombian photographer was selected by an international jury of experts for his project My Father’s Garden. 

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Prix Elysée 2018 - 2020 nominees

The nominees of the third edition of the Prix Elysée are: Alexandra Catière, Alinka Echeverría, Claude Baechtold, Gregory Halpern, Laia Abril, Luis Carlos Tovar, Mathieu Asselin, Nicola Lo Calzo


A prize for the support of photography

Supporting photographers in the evolution of their career is as important as preserving their art for future generations. It is in a shared commitment to foster creativity and support the production of new work that the Musée de l’Elysée enters into a partnership with Parmigiani Fleurier to launch the Prix Elysée.

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 CHF5’000 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 CHF80’000 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.

The eight nominees and the winner of the Prix Elysée will all benefit from important exposure and the Museum’s expert guidance. The call for applications will take place biennially. The first edition of the Prix Elysée is launched in January 2018 and concludes in June 2020.

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Prix Elysée 2016 - 2018

The Musée de l’Elysée and Parmigiani Fleurier would like to congratulate the Swiss photographer born in Aix-en-Provence (France) in 1978, winner of the second edition of the Prix Elysée, for his project entitled A haunted world where it never shows. Building on the framework of his prior work on contemporary conflicts, Matthias Bruggmann proposed, for the Prix Elysée, to continue a long-term photographic project launched in 2012 documenting the conflict in Syria.

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Prix Elysée 2014 - 2016

The Musée de l’Elysée and Parmigiani Fleurier are thrilled to announce Slovak artist Martin Kollar is the winner of the first edition of the Prix Elysée. In Provisional Arrangement Martin Kollar reveals a deeply ironic, yet delicate eye through images combining both a sense of rigor, and surrealism. 

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More information about the Prix Elysée the first edition eight nominees.


January 1, 2018
Application submission open.

March 4, 2018
Submission closed.

Late June, 2018
Announcement of the eight Prix Elysée nominees at the Nuit des images. / Presentation of Matthias Bruggmann’s project (Prix Elysée winner 2016-2018)

January, 2019
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.

June, 2019
Announcement of the Prix Elysée winner at the Nuit des images.

January, 2020
Applications submission

Late June, 2020
Presentation of the winner’s project (2018-2020) and book at the Nuit des images.

The Nominees’ Book 2018-2020

For this third edition, the Musée de l'Elysée lifts the veil on the creative processes of the eight nominees of the 2018-2020 Prix Elysée.

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