Prix Elysée

Prix Elysée 2020-2022

The Musée de l’Elysée is very proud to announce the winner of the fourth edition of the Prix Elysée, with the support of Parmigiani Fleurier: the Hong Kong born photographer Kurt Tong, for his project Dear Franklin.

The winner was selected by an international jury from the eight nominated projects revealed last year and produced by Alexa Brunet, Arguiñe Escandón and Yann Gross, Magali Koenig, Thomas Mailaender, Moises Saman, Assaf Shoshan, Alys Tomlinson and Kurt Tong.

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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. 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 fourth edition of the Prix Elysée is launched in January 2020 and concludes in Summer 2022.

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Prix Elysée 2020-2022

The Musée de l’Elysée and Parmigiani Fleurier are thrilled to announce that Kurt Tong wins the fourth edition of the Prix Elysée. The Hong Kong born photographer was selected by an international jury of experts for his project Dear Franklin. The inspiration for this work goes back to 2018, after the death of the friend of Kurt Tong’s neighbour, as a result of which he is given an old wooden trunk. The outside is sealed by a taoist seal, and inside the trunk are a number of handwritten letters, old photographs, numerous books from the 1920s, all belonging to a man called Franklin Lung.

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Prix Elysée 2018-2020

The Musée de l’Elysée and Parmigiani Fleurier would like to congratulate the Colombian photographer, winner of the third edition of the Prix Elysée, for his project entitled My Father’s Garden. The starting point for Luis Carlos Tovar’s work is a photograph, but, paradoxically, one that he has never seen. It is the “proof of life” of his father, taken hostage by the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) in Columbia. Tovar has other traces to fill his father’s silences – the titles of the books he read in the jungle, the turquoise butterflies he kept between the books’ pages, and the Amazon landscapes he tries to recreate in his garden. These enable him to imagine his father’s pain, but never to fully understand it.

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

Prix Elysée Official Website

More information about the Prix Elysée, the winners and the nominees of the three previous editions.


January 1, 2020
Applications open.

March 9, 2020
Applications closed.

June 22, 2020
Announcement of the eight Prix Elysée (2020-2022) nominees.

June 25, 2020
Presentation of Luis Carlos Tovar’s project (Prix Elysée winner 2018-2020).

January, 2021
Publication of the Prix Elysée (2020-2022) Nominees’ Book.

June, 2021
Announcement of the Prix Elysée (2020-2022) winner.

January, 2022
Applications submission for the fifth edition of the Prix Elysée (2022-2024).

June, 2022
Presentation of the winner’s project and book of the Prix Elysée (2020-2022).

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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