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Aperture PhotoBook Award
The Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards celebrate the book’s contribution to the evolving narrative of photography
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The First PhotoBook Prize

A $10,000 prize will be awarded to the photographer(s)/artist(s) whose first finished, publicly available photobook is judged to be the best of the year. Twenty books from this category will be selected for the shortlist, presented to the Jury for the final selection and exhibited during Paris Photo.

The PhotoBook of the Year Prize

This prize will be awarded to the photographer(s)/artist(s), and publisher responsible, for the photobook judged to be the best of the year. Ten books from this category will be selected for the shortlist, presented to the Jury for the final selection and exhibited during Paris Photo.

The Photography Catalogue of the Year Prize

Awarded to the publication, publisher, and/or organizing institution responsible for the exhibition catalogue or museum publication judged to be the best of the year. Five books from this category will be selected for the shortlist, presented to the Jury for the final selection and exhibited during Paris Photo.

The shortlisted books, accompanied by the jury’s comments, will be featured in the fall 2017 edition of The PhotoBook Review issue 013 (published by Aperture Foundation), to be released at Paris Photo.

About Paris Photo

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Paris Photo, the world's largest international art fair dedicated to the photographic medium. The annual event for collectors, professionals, artists, and enthusiasts, Paris Photo offers its visitors the most qualitative and diverse selection of artworks along side a ambitious public programme with leading figures in the field.

About Aperture Foundation

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Aperture, a not-for-profit foundation, connects the photo community and its audiences with the most inspiring work, the sharpest ideas, and with each other – in print, in person, and online. Created in 1952 by photographers and writers as “common ground for the advancement of photography”, Aperture today is a multi-platform publisher and center for the photo community. From our base in New York, we produce, publish, and present a program of photography projects, locally and internationally.

Previous Winner, Photobook of the Year

Timeline

May 24, 2017 (9:00 a.m. EST, 1:00 p.m. UTC)
Call for Entries Open
September 15, 2017, 5:00 p.m. EST (books must physically arrive at Aperture in New York)
Submission Deadline
September 2017
Shortlist announcement
November, 2017
Winner announcement
December 9, 2017 - February 3, 2018
Exhibition

Requirements

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS
  • Book title, year of publication, and publisher information
  • A short description / summary of the book and why it’s being submitted that particular category
  • The photographer or author’s name, as well as the designer and editor’s names
  • Book dimensions (in inches and centimeters), number of pages, the edition number or print run
  • A short description of where the book is sold
Entry Fees
  • First PhotoBook: $30 per book
  • PhotoBook of the Year: $60 for first entry from a given publisher, $30 for each subsequent entry from the same publisher
  • Photography Catalogue of the Year: $60 for first entry from a given publisher, $30 for each subsequent entry from the same publisher

How to enter

  1. Go though the online submission process
  2. Complete payment
  3. Print the receipt containing all project details
  4. Send your photobook(s) with your printed submission-receipt(s) to Aperture Foundation in New York

Delivery of Books

All books must be received by Aperture’s New York office by September 15, 2017. This date does not include postmark. All entries must be physically received by this date and there will be no refunds if the books are not delivered on time. Books should be sent to:

Aperture Foundation
Attn: PhotoBook Awards
547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor
New York, New York 10001

Judging criteria

First PhotoBook

  • A book in which the dominant content is photography, featuring the work of one or more photographer/artist,* produced in physical form, and available for purchase or distributed free of charge, whether via trade distribution, print on demand, a gallery or online outlet, or otherwise. (“Virtual” or electronic books that exist only in digital form are not eligible for entry at this time.)
  • A book that is the first by the given photographer/artist is eligible for entry, whether a first self-published book, a first limited-edition book, a first gallery-published collection, a first book made available by print on demand, or a first book published by a publisher for release in the book trade. A first book published by an established publisher is eligible for entry even if the photographer/artist previously released a self-published book or a limited-edition book for distribution outside the trade. However, once a photographer/artist has had a book published by a mainstream publisher in the book trade, a subsequent book (whether self-published or not) is not eligible for entry
  • Books must be produced or published between September 1, 2016, and September 13, 2017. Books produced before September 13, 2017, but not due for release or publication until a later date in 2017, are also eligible.

PhotoBook of the Year

  • A book in which the dominant content is photography, whether authored by more than one photographer/artist* or authored by an editor, produced in physical form, and published in an edition of no less than one hundred copies.
  • Books must be produced or published between September 1, 2016, and September 13, 2017. Books produced before September 13, 2017, but not due for release or publication until a later date in 2017, are also eligible.
  • Entries for either award may only be submitted by the photographer/artist, the publisher, or a third party acting with the consent of the photographer/artist.

Photography Catalogue of the Year

  • An exhibition catalogue or museum publication in which the dominant content is photography. Catalogues can feature the work of one or more photographers/artists, should be produced in physical form, and available for purchase or distributed free of charge, whether via trade distribution, print on demand, a gallery or online outlet, or otherwise
  • Text-only publications are not eligible, however, catalogues can include extensive research, writing, and analysis—whether dedicated to the oeuvre of a single photographer, or an exploration of a collection based in photographic history and practice
  • Catalogues must be produced or published between September 1, 2016, and September 13, 2017. Catalogues produced before September 13, 2017, but not due for release or publication until a later date in 2017, are also eligible.

*Books by or featuring the work of more than one photographers/artists are eligible in all categories.

Juror information

The awards will be judged in two stages. An initial jury will meet in New York to select the shortlisted entries in both categories. The final winners will be decided by a separate jury that will meet in Paris immediately before Paris Photo begins. The initial jury will include representatives of both Paris Photo and Aperture Foundation, and the final jury will include neither.
Each award winner will be chosen from the juried shortlist, all of which will be exhibited at Paris Photo. The fall 2017 issue of The PhotoBook Review (published by Aperture Foundation) will feature all of the shortlisted books. Following their display during Paris Photo, an exhibition of the thirty shortlisted books will travel to Aperture Gallery in New York and may be exhibited at other venues.

Exhibitions

Each year, the thirty-five shortlisted books are exhibited around the world, ensuring maximum exposure for all titles, including the winners in each category.

The 2016 Shortlist Exhibition traveled to the following venues:

In past years, venues have included Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, New York; Flash Forward Festival, Boston, Massachusetts; Copenhagen Photo Festival, Denmark; Photo Ireland, Dublin; Backlight Photo Festival, Tampere, Finland; FotoFocus, Cincinnati, Ohio; IMA Concept Store, Tokyo, Japan; Photobook Melbourne Festival, Melbourne, Australia; Huis Marseille, Amsterdam, Netherlands; Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, Toronto, Canada; Self Publish Riga, Riga Photomonth, Latvia; Fotofestiwal, Lodz, Poland; Look3 Festival of the Photograph, Charlottesville, Virginia; and Landskrona Foto Festival, Landskrona, Sweden


Paris Photo, November 10-13, 2016


Düsseldorf Photo Weekend, Duesseldorf, Germany, February 3-5, 2017


The Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography, Photobook Fest, Moscow, Russia, May 12-28, 2017


Musée des Beaux-Arts, Le Locle, Switzerland, June 17-October 15, 2017


Fotofestiwal, Lodz, Poland, June 9 - 19, 2016


Huis Marseille, Amsterdam, Netherlands, January 16 - February 14, 2016


Previous Winners

2016
ZZYZX by Gregory Halpern, Photobook of the year 2016
ZZYZX by Gregory Halpern, Photobook of the year 2016
Libyan Sugar BY Michael Christopher Brown, First Photobook Award
Libyan Sugar BY Michael Christopher Brown, First Photobook Award
Wojciech Zamecznik: Photo-graphics by Karolina Puchala-Rojek and Karolina Ziebinska-Lewandowska, Photography Catalogue of the Year
Wojciech Zamecznik: Photo-graphics by Karolina Puchala-Rojek and Karolina Ziebinska-Lewandowska, Photography Catalogue of the Year
2015
Illustrated People by Thomas Mailaender, Photobook of the year 2015
Illustrated People by Thomas Mailaender, Photobook of the year 2015
You Haven’t Seen Their Faces by Daniel Mayrit, First Photobook Award
You Haven’t Seen Their Faces by Daniel Mayrit, First Photobook Award
Images of Conviction: The Construction of Visual Evidence by Diane Dufour and Xavier Barral, Photography Catalogue of the Year
Images of Conviction: The Construction of Visual Evidence by Diane Dufour and Xavier Barral, Photography Catalogue of the Year
2014
Imaginary Club by Oliver Sieber, Photobook of the year 2014
Imaginary Club by Oliver Sieber, Photobook of the year 2014
Hidden Islam by Nicoló Degiorgis, First Photobook Award
Hidden Islam by Nicoló Degiorgis, First Photobook Award
The Production Line of Happiness by Christopher Williams, Photography Catalogue of the Year
The Production Line of Happiness by Christopher Williams, Photography Catalogue of the Year
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