Photojournalism / Editorial Photography | Nominee

Matjaž Krivic

Ljubljana / SI

Lithium: The Driving Force of the 21st Century


Following the tracks of a game changing mineral Batteries are catalysts of massive changes in our time, both industrial and social. The boom of battery driven cars, phones and robots is causing the market for its core component lithium to soar, creating a modern-day gold rush with geo-strategic consequences. Story follows the value chain of this rare mineral, from investment and prospecting in the US, to the mining in Bolivia, production of batteries and cars in China and to the small oil state Norway leading the way to electrify all of its transportation – cars, buses, planes and boats. This is the story of how lithium is changing societies and just possibly might have a role in saving our planet. But at a high cost.


Matjaž Krivic is a documentary photographer capturing social and environmental stories of people and places. For 20 years he has covered the face of the earth in his intense, personal and aesthetically moving style that has won him several prestigious awards among others “World Press Photo” in 2016.