The Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards, celebrates the book's contribution to the evolving narrative of photography.
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About

Initiated in November 2012 by Aperture Foundation and Paris Photo, the Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards celebrate the photobook’s contribution to the evolving narrative of photography, with three major categories: First PhotoBook, PhotoBook of the Year, and Photography Catalogue of the Year. In this unprecedented year, it is all the more critical to be able to highlight excellence in book making and the creative output of the global photobook community. We look forward to sharing the shortlisted books in exhibition and in an expanded online presentation — and to announcing the winners in November.

What winners receive

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 2020 edition of The PhotoBook Review issue 018 (published by Aperture Foundation), to be released at Paris Photo and mailed to Aperture magazine subscribers. Additional content and features for the shortlisted books will appear on aperture.org.

About Paris Photo

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 alongside an ambitious public programme with leading figures in the field.

About Aperture Foundation

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.

How to Enter

  • Generate your submission form
  • Complete payment via picter.com
  • Send one copy of each submitted photobook with your submission form(s) to Mana Contemporary in New Jersey by September 11, 2020

You will need to provide the following information for each book submitted:

  • Book title, year of publication, and publisher information
  • A short description / summary of the book and why it’s being submitted to that particular category
  • The photographer or author’s name, as well as the designer and editor’s names
  • Book dimensions, number of pages, the edition number or print run
  • A short description of where the book is sold
  • An image or render of the book cover (JPG file)

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

From June 1 to July 15, 2020: Early Bird Special

  • First PhotoBook: $20 per project
  • PhotoBook of the Year: $50 for first project from a given publisher, $20 for each subsequent project from the same publisher
  • Photography Catalogue of the Year: $50 for first project from a given publisher, $20 for each subsequent project from the same publisher

Delivery of Books

All books must be received before September 11, 2020. Please note, this year all books should be mailed to Mana Contemporary, not Aperture’s offices. 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:

Mana Contemporary
ATTN: Aperture PhotoBook Awards
888 Newark Avenue
Jersey City, NJ 07306

Please note, books must arrive with their submission form to Mana Contemporary by September 11, 2020. You can print out your submission form on Picter. Detailed instructions to print the submission form here.

If you have questions about shipping, please email bookawards@aperture.org

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 2020 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-five shortlisted books will travel to New York (location to be announced shortly) and may be exhibited at other venues.

Timeline

Call for entries open
1 June 2020
Submission deadline
11 September 2020
Shortlist announcement
September 2020
Winner announcement
13 November 2020

Requirements

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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, 2019, and September 11, 2020. Books produced before September 11, 2020, but not due for release or publication until a later date in 2020, 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, 2019, and September 11, 2020. Books produced before September 11, 2020, but not due for release or publication until a later date in 2020, 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, 2019, and September 11, 2020. Catalogues produced before September 11, 2020, but not due for release or publication until a later date in 2020, are also eligible.

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

Exhibition

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

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; Self Publish Riga, Riga Photomonth, Latvia; Fotofestiwal, Lodz, Poland; Look3 Festival of the Photograph, Charlottesville, Virginia; and Landskrona Foto Festival, Landskrona, Sweden

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