PhotoBook Awards - Entry Details

Timetable:
The submission period for The Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards is May 5–September 12, 2014.

Entries must be received at Aperture Foundation’s offices in New York by September 12, 2014, in order to be considered. Any entries received after this time are ineligible. Please allow for ample time to complete your entry.

*Books that are not submitted before this date will not be considered.

Please mail a physical copy of your book(s), along with a printed receipt and entry information (these will be emailed to you once your application process has been completed), to:

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

Criteria for Eligibility:

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, 2013, and September 8, 2014. Books produced before September 10, 2014, but not due for release or publication until a later date in 2014, 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, 2013, and September 8, 2014. Books produced before September 10, 2014, but not due for release or publication until a later date in 2014, 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 photographer/artist, 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, 2013, and September 8, 2014. Books produced before September 8, 2014, but not due for release or publication until a later date in 2014, are also eligible.

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

Judging:

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 2014 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.

Entry Fee:

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

Prizes:

– The First PhotoBook Prize: A $10,000 prize will be awarded to the photographer(s)/artist(s) whose first photobook is judged to be best of the year.

– The PhotoBook of the Year Prize: The PhotoBook of the Year Prize will be awarded to the photographer(s)/artist(s), and publisher responsible, for the photobook judged to be the best of the year.

– The Photography Catalogue of the Year Prize: The Photography Catalogue of the Year Prize will be awarded to the photographer(s)/artist(s), and publisher responsible, for the exhibition catalogue or museum publication judged to be the best of the year.

The shortlisted books, accompanied by the jury’s comments, will be featured in the fall 2014 edition of The PhotoBook Review (published by Aperture Foundation). This issue will be released at Paris Photo. Copies will be also be available at the Aperture Gallery, as well as distributed with Aperture magazine and through other distribution partners. The prize-related contents will be viewable on the Aperture website.

Terms and Conditions:

The following terms and conditions apply to all entries in both 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/artist responsible for the given book, by the publisher responsible for the given book, or by a third party acting with consent of the photographer/artist.

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/artist 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 and may be 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.

Contact:
Attn: PhotoBook Awards

Aperture Foundation
547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor
New York, N.Y. 10001
(212) 946-7148
e-mail: bookawards@aperture.org

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