Sebastião Salgado: Outstanding Contribution to Photography Award 2024

24th November 2023
Sebastião Salgado, 'Desert Hell, Kuwait, 1991'

We are thrilled that The World Photography Organisation has hailed Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado as one of the most accomplished and celebrated photographers working today. He has been awarded the Outstanding Contribution to Photography of the Sony World Photography Awards 2024; a rewarding lifetime achievement for excellence in the field of photography.

Salgado portrait
I am honoured to receive this award, and to know that my work is reaching audiences. Photography is my way of life, it is my language, and throughout my career I have always been interested in capturing the historical moment in which we are living, and telling the stories of our species and our planet. A photographer photographs with his heritage, and in my work I seek to explore our shared human experience.
Sebastião Salgado
Sebastião Salgado, 'Colony of Chinstrap and Macaroni Penguins with Mount Michael, an Active Volcano Behind, Saunders Island, South Sandwich Island, 2009'

In honour of the award, Salgado’s photographs will be on display at London’s Somerset House between 19 April – 6 May 2024. Personally selected by the photographer, the photographs will feature key themes and milestones over the last five decades of his career. The exhibition spans work from his early projects, such as ‘Gold’ (1986) and ‘Workers’ (1993), as well as more recent series like ‘Genesis’ (2011) and ‘Amazônia’ (2019). The exhibition explores life’s universal complexities and nuances, revealing its anguishes and hardships but also extraordinary beauty.

The Outstanding Contribution to Photography honours a person or group of people who have significantly impacted photography. As its 17th recipient, Sebastião Salgado joins a distinguished list of iconic names. These include William Klein (2012), William Eggleston (2013), Elliott Erwitt (2015), Martin Parr (2017), Candida Höfer (2018), Graciela Iturbide (2021), Edward Burtynsky (2022) and Rinko Kawauchi (2023).


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