LAUSANNE.- The Prix Pictet is the worlds first prize dedicated to photography and sustainability. It has a unique mandate to use the power of photography to communicate vital messages to a global audience. The goal is to uncover art of the highest order, applied to confront the pressing social and environmental challenges of the new millennium. As Kofi Annan, the Prix Pictets Honorary President says in his recent forward to Earth the book of the 2009 Prix Pictet, together, these photographs by the artists shortlisted for the Prix Pictet highlight the beauty of the earth we share. But they also expose the damage, deliberately or carelessly, we are inflicting on our own environment. So these images are a celebration and a reminder of the urgent need to change our ways. Entry to the Prix Pictet is by nomination. There are currently over 130 nominators from five continents.