2018 Prix Virginia winner announced

10 October 2018


The Jury for the Prix Virginia have unanimously selected British photographer Cig Harvey as this year’s winner. 


The Prix Virginia, awarded every other year, is open to all living professional women photographers, regardless of age or nationality.


Why a prize for a woman photographer?

“The women of my family were my foundation: Virginia, my pianist grandmother, my great-aunt painter, and my sculptor mother fed my curiosity about art from my earliest childhood. Having elders like them opened a path for me as a photographer and visual artist.


The Prix Virginia is a way for me to demonstrate my support for the recognition of women photographers. It is also a way of sharing the passions that were handed down to me.” Sylvia Schildge


Harvey says about her work: “I have always experienced the world viscerally, but after a serious car accident in 2015, and the current affairs of the last year, a heightened awareness of fragility permeates my new work. You an Orchestra You a Bomb looks at my relationship with life itself. It’s work about the future, about paying attention to and appreciating the present. It makes icons of the everyday and looks at life on the threshold between magic and disaster. That life can change so completely in an instant knocks the breath out of me; a different type of gasp.”


Harvey will receive:

- 10 000 euro given by the Association Sylvia S.

- Publication in M, Le Magazine du Monde.

- A one-month exhibition at the Espace Oppidum, Paris, supported by the partnership of Central Dupon Images.

- be-pôles publishing will offer a carte blanche to be published in their collection Portraits de Villes.

- Filigranes publishing will publish a book with the winner’s and the Jury’s selected photographers.


Harvey is now based in the United-States.


The Jury were also very impressed by the work of ten other candidates, who will be featured on the Prix Virginia website, from January 2019 until the next Prix Virginia is awarded in 2020:


Carolle Benitah (France)

Lia Darjes (Germany)

Caroline Faccioli (France)

Valérie Frossard (Switzerland)

Cha Gonzalez (France)

Eriko Koga (Japan)

Alexandra Lebon (France)

Séverine Lenhard (France)

Maija Annikki Savolainen (Finlande)

Snezhana Von Buedingen (Russia)



Winner exhibition

Open: 10th to 28th October 2018 daily from 1 to 7pm. Night opening until 10pm on Thursday 18th and Wednesday 24th October. Free entry



Espace Oppidum
30, rue de Picardie,
75003 Paris



Websites: www.prixvirginia.com and www.cigharvey.com


Picture copyright: Cig Harvey / Prix Virginia 2018.