Prix Elysée

Prix Elysée 2018 - 2020

The Musée de l’Elysée and Parmigiani Fleurier are happy to announce the launch of the third edition of the Prix Elysée. The call for applications is open from 1 January to 4 March 2018 !


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 2014 and concludes in June 2016.

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Prix Elysée 2016 - 2018

Matthias Bruggmann, winner of the second edition of the Prix Elysée

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. He receives the sum of CHF 80,000, to be divided between the completion of the proposed project and the publication of the accompanying book in 2018.


Matthias Bruggmann, _Z6A4432, Irak, frome the series A haunted world where it never shows, 2016 © Matthias Bruggmann / Agence Contact Press Images / Prix Elysée

A haunted world where it never shows.

“Formally, my previous work put viewers in a position where they were asked to decide the nature of the work itself. A scientifically questionable analogy of this mechanism would be the observer effect in quantum physics, where the act of observing changes the nature of what is being observed. My Syrian work builds on this framework.

From a documentation perspective, it is, thus far and to the best of my knowledge, unique as the work, inside Syria, of a single Western photographer, in large part thanks to the assistance and hard work of some of the best independent experts on the conflict. Because of the nature of this conflict, I believe it is necessary to expand the geographical scope of the work.”


The 8 Prix Elysée nominees 2016 - 2018

The Musée de l'Elysée and Parmigiani Fleurier are pleased to announce the eight nominees of the Prix Elysée:

Isabelle Blanc & Olivier Hilaire, Elina Brotherus, Matthias Bruggmann, David Jiménez, Sofie Knijff, Jim Naughten, Emeka Okereke and Zhao Renhui.

No less than 440 photographers from all over the world (69 nationalities represented) took part in the 2nd edition of the Prix Elysée. We wish to thank all the photographers for their efforts in completing the application, and the professionals who took time to support them with a thoughtful recommendation.

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Vivian © Olivier Hilaire / Just a dream (installation) © Isabelle Blanc

Bedsheet, 2013 © Elina Brotherus

Mogadishu, Somalia, May 22nd, 2009. © Matthias Bruggmann

Untitled, 2015 © David Jiménez

Greenland, 2012 © Sofie Knijff

Red Faced Spider Monkey, 2014 © Jim Naughten

Looking Out (Diptych) Marzahn - Berlin, 2014 © Emeka Okereke

Christmas Island red crabs during migration season, 2016 © Robert Zhao Renhui

Jury members of the second Prix Elysée (2016-2018)

The jury of the Prix Elysée is composed of 7 members: four international experts from the fields of photography and publishing and 3 representatives of the Prix Elysée founding partners.


  • Mimi Chun, Founder and Director, Blindspot Gallery, Hong Kong
  • Salvador Nadales, Curator of Collections Department and Head of Institutional Relations, Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid
  • Andrew Sanigar, Commissioning Editor, Thames & Hudson, London
  • Astrid Ullens de Schooten, Founder and President, Fondation A. Stichting, Bruxelles

Founding partners

  • Tatyana Franck, Director, Musée de l'Elysée, Lausanne
  • Michel Parmigiani, Founder, Parmigiani Fleurier, Fleurier
  • Marina Vatchnadze, Sandoz Family Foundation, Manager of the cultural patronage

The Prix Elysée is made possible thanks to its main partner Parmigiani Fleurier, exclusive watchmaking partner of the museum

Prix Elysée Official Website

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 2016-2018

The Musée de l’Elysée and Editions Photosynthèses, Arles are thrilled to present the Prix Elysée nominees’ projects in a box-set of eight artist books.

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