Louis Roederer Photography Prize for Sustainability awarded to series studying climate change in Patagonia

The photographs that made the final of this prestigious prize are currently on display at Nobu Hotel Portland Square

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Louis Roederer Photography Prize for Sustainability awarded to series studying climate change in Patagonia

Roederer Champagne Louis Roederer, a long time supporter of the arts, chose the new Nobu Hotel at Portland Square to announce the awards for its inaugural Photography Prize for Sustainability. The awards have been launched to support contemporary photographers with an interest in shining a light on sustainability and environmental issues.

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This year’s competition theme was ‘terroir’ and the entrants were selected by nine internationally recognised figures from the art world. The results were then judged by an independent, expert panel on the basis of the longlists' artistic merits, accompanying statements and their work’s relationship with the theme.

The finalists were Akosua Viktoria Adu-Sanyah, Jasper Goodall and Sahab Zaribaf. And the winner, announced by Louis Roederer’s CEO Frédéric Rouzaud, was the German-Ghanian Akosua Viktoria Adu-Sanyah for her photo series entitled “Behind the Ocean”. This body of work focused on the shifts in the maritime ecosystem of southernmost Patagonia triggered by climate change, and with her victory came a magnum of Louis Roederer Vintage Rosé 2012 and a £5,000 prize.

The works of these three finalists are now on display at The White Box at Nobu Hotel Portman Square until 29 May 2022.

Sustainability has been at the heart of Louis Roederer’s operations for the past 20 years, during which time they have been engaged in what they call ‘renaissance viticulture’. This approach translates as respecting and protecting the living environment to allow the nuances of the Champagne terroir to be expressed in full – meaning more vibrant flavours and expressions in the Louis Roedered grapes and wines. These practices are inspired by the permaculture model and allow the ecosystem to self-regulate. This means, amongst other things, growing fruit trees and installing beehives, using biodynamic composts and proper fallow periods, and maintaining hedgerows.

Louis Roederer Collection 242 was served throughout the evening with canape’s from the Nobu kitchens. The sweetness in the Nobu canapés were a perfect foil for this deliciously dry and mineral champagne, with its elegant, steely core.

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