The Louis Roederer Photography Prize for Sustainability was established in 2021-2022 to support contemporary photographers with an interest in shining a light on sustainability and environmental issues.
Champagne Louis Roederer have long patronised the arts. The Louis Roederer Foundation was founded in 2011 with the purpose of perpetuating Louis Roederer’s sponsorship activity which followed on from its discovery of the photography collection of the Bibliothèque nationale de France in 2003. Since being awarded the title of ‘Major Patron of Culture and Arts’ the Foundation has supported photography and cinema through the Discovery Award at the Rencontres d’Arles, the Louis Roederer Foundation Rising Star Award at La Semaine de la Critique in Cannes and the Louis Roederer Foundation Revelation Prize at the Deauville American Film Festival, and patronising the French Academy in Rome among others. In all the creative and artistic endeavours that it sponsors in these iconic places of culture and intelligence, the Louis Roederer Foundation plays its favourite role in supporting and nurturing talented up-and-coming artists.
Champagne Louis Roederer are passionately committed to sustainability, and for more than 20 years, they have been engaged in ‘renaissance viticulture’ using practices that respect the living environment to allow the nuances of the Champagne terroir to be fully expressed. They use practices inspired by the permaculture model, which allow the ecosystem to self-regulate. These include organic farming, the use of biodynamic composts, allowing the land to lie fallow for long periods, maintaining hedgerows and low stone walls, growing fruit trees and installing beehives. Louis Roederer’s eco-friendly ethos is rooted in their history and yet looks to the future.
By creating this prize, they can continue to support the arts, while highlighting sustainability and environmental issues. The prize is awarded to the photographer whose work has most impressed the judges with its reflection of the prize’s theme this year, that of ‘terroir’.
There will be an exhibition of the shortlisted works opening on 9th May at The WhiteBox, Nobu Hotel Portman Square.
10 internationally recognised figures in the art world nominated 3 photographers each to submit their work.
A panel of 5 high profile figures from the art and photography world judged the entrants and selected a shortlist.
Opening on 9th May for 3 weeks.
The shortlisted photographers will be announced on 20th April.