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2018 Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards

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Event History

Aperture Foundation, 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.

What Makes this event different?

Paris Photo is 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 program with leading figures in the field.

About the Paris Photo – Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards

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.
 

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 2018 edition of The PhotoBook Review issue 015 (published by Aperture Foundation), to be released at Paris Photo.


How to enter

  • Generate your submission form
  • Complete payment via picter.com
  • Send your photobook(s) with your submission form(s) to Aperture Foundation in New York

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 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
  • 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 May 30, 2018 to June 30, 2018: 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 by Aperture’s New York office before September 14, 2018. 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:

Timeline:

  • Call For Entries Open: 30 May 2018
  • Submission Deadline: 14 September 2018
  • Shortlist announcement: September 2018
  • Winner Announcement: 9 November 2018
  • Exhibition Start: 8 December 2018

 

Submission Requirments

  • Author / Photographer information
  • Book dimensions (in inches and centimeters), number of pages, the edition number or print run
  • ISBN number
  • Short description where the book is sold
  • Book title, year of publication, and publisher information
  • Book cover [upload an image or render of the book cover]
  • A short description / summary of the book and why it’s being submitted to that particular category
  • The photographer of author’s name, as well as the designer and the editor’s name
  • Biography and CV
    Please note all entrees MUST be delivered to Aperture by September 14 to qualify 

 

 

 

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