The Prix Elysée is an international Photography prize and competition organised by the Musée de l’Elysée with the support of Parmigiani Fleurier, supports Photographic production and encourages mid-career Photographers or artists to forge a new project, on a theme of their choice.

The Prix Elysée was founded in 2014 and aims to enable promising Photographers – eight nominees and one winner – to take a decisive step forward in their career. The prize runs every two years and the third edition will take place from 2018 - 2020.

The Musée de l’Elysée is one of the world’s leading museums entirely dedicated to Photography. Since its establishment in 1985, the museum has worked to improve public understanding of the Photographic medium through innovative exhibitions, key publications and engaging events.

Photographers should send to the Musée de l’Elysée a portfolio (an unpublished Photographic project) consisting of 10 - 20 Photographic prints. There is no overall theme or preference for any particular Photographic genre or technique.

All applications must be written in English or French.

Proposed projects must never have been previously exhibited or published, and must not have been submitted to any other prize.

All Photographic work will be taken into consideration. No preference will be given to particular genres or techniques.

The call for applications will take place from 1 January to 4 March 2018.

There is no entry fee for this competition.

It's free to enter!

Who can enter?

The Prix Elysée is open to 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.


Eight nominees will be selected by the Musée de l’Elysée upon their entry portfolios.

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 Elysée.

Each nominee will be invited to introduce a project in a book published and distributed as part of the prize. They will each be given free rein to make use of 10 pages. Secondly, the winner will have the opportunity to publish a book of his or her project. The nominees’ and the winner’s books will be printed by one of the Sandoz Family Foundation printing companies.

The Musée de l’Elysée will assist the nominees to showcase their projects in the nominees’ book. The museum will give advice and support to the winner in both carrying out his or her project and publishing the final book on time and within the budget provided. Both the project and the book will be launched during a major event at the museum: the Nuit des images.

Official website

For all further informations about the Prix Elysée 2018-2020 visit the following official website:


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