French photographer Sophie Ristelhueber has been named this year’s winner of the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize. The prize was given at a ceremony yesterday at the Photographer’s Gallery in London.
The prize, which is worth £30,000, is awarded to a living photographer who is seen as having made the biggest contribution to European photograph in the past year. Ristelhueber won the award for her retrospective exhibition named Jeu de Paume, which took place in Paris between 20 January and 22 March 2009.
The exhibition contained a number of photographs depicting the impact of conflict on human life in countries such as Bosnia, Iraq, Kuwait and Lebanon.
A British photogapher, Anna Fox, was among the three others shortlisted for the award for her exhibition, 'Cockroach diary and other stories', which took place at Ffotogallery in Cardiff between July and October last year. The images mostly depicted British life.
Zoe Leonard, an American photographer was also in the shortlist for her exhibit entitled ‘Zoe Leonard: Photographs’, which contained images spanning her entire career, which began back in the 1970s.
Each of the three runners up received a cash prize of £3,000.