Check Out These Award-Winning Photos of the Global Food Industry

German artist Michael Schmidt wins the Prix Pictet for his photos of farms, factories, and supermarkets.

  • All images from Michael Schmidt's  Lebensmittel series (Photos via Prix Pictet)
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Fish heads, green beans—these are the snapshots that won this year’s prestigious Prix Pictet photography award. The prize—100,000 Swiss Francs or roughly $112,500—went to German-born artist Michael Schmidt who spent seven years capturing various aspects of the global food industry.

His series, which is available in book form, is called Lebensmittel, which roughly translates as “foodstuffs.” It beat eleven other shortlisted entries, all centered on this year’s Prix Pictet theme of consumption.

The chair of the Prix Pictet judging panel said in an online announcement,

“There were many potential winners but, after much debate, we finally agreed to award the Prix Pictet to Michael Schmidt whose Lebensmittel is an epic and hugely topical investigation into the ways in which we feed ourselves.” 

The photography prize, which was established in 2008, aims to promote the message of sustainability.

Click through the gallery above for a selection of photos from Schmidt’s winning Lebensmittel series.

[via The Guardian]

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