PhotoBook Awards - Entry Details

Paris Photo and Aperture Foundation are pleased to announce the 2017 edition of The Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards, celebrating the book’s contribution to the evolving narrative of photography. The call for entry will be open May 24–September 15, 2017. Please note that all books will need to physically arrive at Aperture Foundation in New York on or before September 15 to qualify.

 

More details on how to enter will be posted soon. Please contact us at bookawards@aperture.org with any questions.

 

ABOUT
WHAT WINNERS RECEIVE
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
TIMEFRAME
HOW TO ENTER
ENTRY FEES
DELIVERY AND ARRIVAL OF BOOKS
JUDGING CRITERIA
JURY INFORMATION
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
QUESTIONS?

 

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. Since the announcement of the 2016 winners last November, the shortlisted titles have been exhibited in five venues internationally. In total, the 2016 Shortlist was seen in six countries, including Ivorypress, Madrid; Duesseldorf Photo Weekend, Germany; The Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography, Moscow; and Palm Springs Photo Festival, California.

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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 2017 edition of The PhotoBook Review, issue 013 (published by Aperture Foundation), to be released at Paris Photo.

Check out the past winners and exhibitionshere!

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ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

You will need to provided 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 (400 characters)
    • 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 (200 characters)
    • An image or render of the book cover (PDF or JPG file)
    • Book cover (you can upload an image or render of the book cover—PDF or JPG files accepted)
    • ISBN number

 

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TIME FRAME

Call for entries opens: May 24, 2017 (9:00 a.m. EST, 1:00 p.m. UTC)
Deadline (by which books must arrive at Aperture in New York): September 15, 2017 (12:00 noon EST, 4:00 p.m. UTC)
Shortlist announcement: September 22, 2017
Winners announcement: November 10, 2017
Exhibition at Aperture Gallery: December 9, 2017–February 3, 2018

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HOW TO ENTER

To submit, please complete a submission form for each entry and complete payment at Picter.com. Once your submission(s) and payment(s) are successfully submitted, you will then need to print each individual submission summary and mail it, along with one copy of the books(s) you are submitting, to Aperture Foundation in New York:

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

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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

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DELIVERY AND ARRIVAL OF BOOKS

All books must be received by Aperture’s New York office before September 16, 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

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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(s)/artist(s),* 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(s)/artist(s) 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(s)/artist(s) 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 one or more photographer(s)/artist(s)* 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(s)/artist(s), the publisher, or a third party acting with the consent of the photographer(s)/artist(s).

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 photographer(s)/artist(s)*, must be produced in physical form, and must be 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 photographer/artist are eligible in all three categories.

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JURY INFORMATION

The awards will be judged in two stages. An initial jury will meet in New York to select the shortlisted entries in all three 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.

The jurors for 2017 are soon to be announced. Previous years’ jurors have included: Todd Hido, David Campany, Anne Tucker, Ann-Christin Bertrand, and others.

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TERMS AND CONDITIONS

The following terms and conditions apply to all entries in all three award categories:

The judges’ decisions shall be final. No correspondence shall be entered into by either Paris Photo or Aperture Foundation, nor its representatives, regarding the decisions of the judges.

Entries must be made by the photographer(s)/artist(s) responsible for the given book, by the publisher responsible for the given book, or by a third party acting with consent of the photographer(s)/artist(s).

While copyright of all work submitted for these awards remains with the respective entrants, the entrant grants to Paris Photo and Aperture Foundation a worldwide, irrevocable, and perpetual license to reproduce representative examples of the submitted entries in any of their publications, websites, and/or in any promotional material, strictly in connection with the award, and with reference to the photographer(s)/artist(s) and publisher, as relevant in each case; and to exhibit the books entered anywhere in the world for public display.

Paris Photo and Aperture Foundation reserve the right to reject entries that are submitted without the required information, or that do not meet the criteria of eligibility, without any obligation to enter into any further discussion regarding their decisions, and without obligation to refund the entrant’s entry fee.

Paris Photo and Aperture Foundation accept no responsibility for entries that are lost in transit.

Representatives of Paris Photo and Aperture Foundation are not available to review unsolicited materials received, except as entered via these awards.

Books published by Aperture Foundation or by Paris Photo are ineligible for entry.

The entrant acknowledges that should they be shortlisted for the award, and the Shortlist exhibition, they are willing to supply to Aperture Foundation or Paris Photo up to three extra copies of the shortlisted book, for display and presentation purposes.

Details of particular entries may be, at the discretion of Paris Photo and/or Aperture Foundation, released to the press as part of marketing the awards, including before the announcement of the awards.

Applicants warrant that the entry submission is the original work of the artist and, as such, the artist is the sole and exclusive owner and rights holder of the submitted work, and that the party submitting has the right to submit the work to these awards and grant all required licenses. Each entrant agrees not to submit any entry that (1) infringes any third party’s proprietary rights, intellectual property rights, industrial property rights, personal or moral rights or any other rights, including without limitation, copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret, privacy, publicity, or confidentiality obligations; and (2) otherwise violates the applicable state, federal, provincial, or local law.

No exceptions will be made for late submissions. Physical books, with submission summary forms, must arrive at Aperture Foundation in New York on or before the listed deadline. The postmark date does not qualify—the book must PHYSICALLY arrive at Aperture by the listed deadline.

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QUESTIONS?

Check out our FAQ’s page, or send us an email at bookawards@aperture.org. If you have questions about the submission system Picter, please visit their help center, or you can email them at support@picter.com.

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