Organized in partnership with the École Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie d’Arles (ENSP), LUMA Arles — the arts and culture center established by Maja Hoffmann’s LUMA Foundation — and Parfums Christian Dior, this year’s competition named young photographer Iris Millot as the winner for her photo series “Mont Lion”. The series features her great aunt Hélène, who has been farming the family’s land for the past 40 years.
The eclectic jury of talented personalities included this year’s jury president, fashion photographer Rafael Pavarotti, known for his images representative of diversity. Joining him on the jury were Belgian photographer Barbara Iweins, French art historian and photographer Damarice Amao, Dior Make-up Creative and Image Director Peter Philips, plus Maja Hoffmann and Simon Baker, Director of the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris.
The jury saluted Iris Millot’s discreet illustrations of life choices and the traces they leave. Different temporal, personal and social strata come together in her rich and meaningful work, which expresses an intimate resonance linking farming history and the women’s liberation movement with the inspiring life led by Hélène, who is “a bit like a character from a fairy tale”.
Iris Millot will receive a 10,000-euro grant from Parfums Christian Dior. Her photographs, along with all the works by the 12 finalists – including Jermine Chua from Central Saint Martins in London, whose video won the Jury Honorable Mention – will be exhibited in the LUMA Arles Grande Halle space from July 3 through September 24, 2023.