The Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation
PhotoBook Awards

The Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards exhibition Guests view The Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards exhibition The Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards exhibition Guests view The Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards exhibition

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 prizes in three categories: First PhotoBook, PhotoBook of the Year, and Photography Catalogue of the Year. Each year, thirty-five shortlisted books are exhibited around the world, ensuring maximum exposure for all titles, including the winners in each category.

“The photobook is central to the history of photography, from the conception of an artist’s work, to its documentation and dissemination. At Paris Photo, the photobook is thriving, and in the eight years that we have partnered with Aperture Foundation, we have seen a tremendous evolution in the field with a multiplicity of new forms and diverse content. We are proud to play a role in the recognition of these authors and publishers, and to bring together the photography community in celebration of this art form. We sincerely thank all of the artists, publishers, and designers who have taken part over the years; as well as the jury members who have accepted the difficult challenge of creating a shortlist each year in New York, and the final selections in Paris.”
— Florence Bourgeois (director, Paris Photo) and Christoph Wiesner (artistic director, Paris Photo)




Paris Photo is the world’s largest international art fair dedicated to the photographic medium. An 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 program with leading figures in the field.




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.

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The exhibition celebrates the shortlisted titles from the PhotoBook Awards. The exhibition includes thirty-five books of varying sizes, thirty-five extended captions for each, video portrayal of individual books, and display copies of The PhotoBook Review. This year, the exhibition also includes eight titles in the Juror’s Special Mention section focusing on “Books about Books.”

Participation Fee:

$650. The host venue is responsible for shipping and insurance.


Europe: mid-December 2019–October 2020
North America: mid-February–October 2020

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2019 Shortlist

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2014 Shortlist





2013 Shortlist





2012 Shortlist