The Prix Pictet shortlist was announced at the Rencontres d'Arles festival in a high-profile ceremony. The selected artists, chosen from a pool of more than 300 candidates, are Darren Almond, Christopher Anderson, Sammy Baloji, Edward Burtynsky, Andreas Gursky, Naoya Hatakeyama, Nadav Kander, Ed Kashi, Abbas Kowsari, Yao Lu, Edgar Martins, and Chris Steele-Perkins.
Prix Pictet Honorary President Kofi Annan will present the award to the winner at Passage de Retz gallery, Paris, on October 22. This is the second consecutive year in which the former Secretary-General of the United Nations has agreed to bestow the prize. In a speech at the 2008 award ceremony Annan said, "Each artist has addressed the environmental and social challenges we face in their own personal way. The result is a series of powerful images which seek to confront us with the scale of the threat we face and to inspire governments, business, and all of us as individuals to step up to the challenge and support change for a sustainable world."