The Praemium Imperiale award \u2014 one of the world\u2019s top art prizes by The Japan Art Association \u2014 has been granted to the esteemed Brazilian photographer Sebasti\u00e3o Salgado. The award \u2014 which is one of the world\u2019s largest cash art awards \u2014 granted 15 million Japanese Yen \u2014 approximately $137,000 \u2014 to four international recipients each, with Salgado being one of them. The award was presented by the Japan Art Association, under its honorary patron, Prince Hitachi, as reported by Art News and The Art Newspaper. Salgado was selected from lists that are submitted by \u201cinternational advisors\u201d from a number of countries. After potential finalist names have been proposed to the Japan Art Association, specialist committees in Tokyo make the final selection to announce the winners. The Japan Art Association\u2019s Praemium Imperiale award describes Salgado\u2019s work as \u201ca spotlight on the dispossessed and exploited, the beauty of nature and the fragility of the world and its inhabitants.\u201d View this post on Instagram A post shared by Nicholas Metivier Gallery (@metiviergallery) Salgado, now in his late 70s, has published and exhibited numerous social documentary projects and has traveled to over 120 countries for his photography work over the course of 40 years. His powerful black and white imagery is known for its honest and raw portrayal of the relationship between humans, animals, and the planet. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Sebastiao Salgado Photographs (@sebastiao.salgado.photographs) When Salgado shoots, he only uses natural light and works thematically. His long-term photographic projects, which result in photographic books and worldwide exhibitions, also tie in with his personal interest in conservation efforts. This is evident in his 8-year long project and the subsequent book \u2014 \u201cGenesis.\u201d This body of work recorded land, wildlife, and people encountered during his years-long expedition, \u201ctraveled by foot, light aircraft, seagoing vessels, canoes, and even balloons, through extreme heat and cold and in sometimes dangerous conditions.\u201d Other projects, such as \u201cSahel,\u201d captured the famine in Africa, while \u201cWorkers\u201d focussed on the realities of manual labor. His latest project, \u201cAmaz\u00f4nia,\u201d is a six-year exploration of the Brazilian Amazon ecosystem and its inhabitants \u2014 indigenous people. It concluded with a photographic book, published in May 2021, and an accompanying exhibition that is currently still touring the world. He dedicated this book to the indigenous people of the region in the hopes of a better future for all. \u201cMy wish, with all my heart, with all my energy, with all the passion I possess, is that in 50 years\u2019 time this book will not resemble a record of a lost world. Amaz\u00f4nia must live on,\u201d writes Salgado. Image credits: Featured image by Fernando Fraz\u00e3o\/Ag\u00eancia Brasil via Wikimedia Commons.