Established 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.

Aperture and Paris Photo are committed to participating in and supporting this incredible moment in photobook culture. The books submitted to the Award, with their diversity of form and content, represent the most innovative and provocative photography and photobooks today from established publishers, independent publishers, and self-publishers. The past six months have been an unprecedented time; museums and photography festivals alike have had to seriously re-evaluate their programming—and in the publishing world, while books continue to be made, the opportunities to share and connect them to their intended audiences have been seriously diminished. With the cancellation and closure of many in-person opportunities to experience new books, this year’s PhotoBook Awards offers photographers a much appreciated platform for new audiences to discover their publications. 

The thirty-five shortlisted books in the exhibition were selected from over 700 publications submitted from around the world. The jury responsible for the selection, including photographer Susan Meiselas, and curators and scholars Joshua Chang, Sarah Meister, and Oluremi Onabanjo, bring a diverse and rigorous perspectives to the table.  Hosting this exhibition gives your venue an opportunity to showcase not only the creativity and excellence that has made bookmaking as a critical component of contemporary photographic practice, but also an incredibly diverse group of artists—known and unknown—who making an impact in the field.

We encourage host venues to use this exhibition as a strong jumping off point for both dialogue within their own communities about the role of the book in contemporary photographic practice, as well as to consider creating ancillary or contextualizing additions—prints, other books from your own collection.

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The exhibition includes the thirty-five shortlisted books and take-away copies of the PhotoBook Review. Also included are extensive video flip-throughs of the publications and informative interviews with the jury members, as well as some of the international publishers, designers, and photographers to see how these books work within their photographic practice.

Participation Fee:

January – 0ctober 2021

History of Touring Venues:

2019 Shortlist

2018 Shortlist

2017 Shortlist

2016 Shortlist

2015 Shortlist

2014 Shortlist

2013 Shortlist

2012 Shortlist