PhotoBook Awards - FAQs

What constitutes a photobook?
A book that situates photography at its core.

I published my book in collaboration with another photographer, can we submit the book together?
Yes, books by or featuring the work of more than one photographer/artist are eligible in both categories.

Are self-published books eligible in all categories?
Yes, but books entered in the PhotoBook of the Year category must have been printed in a minimum edition of one hundred copies.

What if I “self-published” my book via a print-on-demand book service? Is it eligible?
Yes, in the First PhotoBook category, so long as the book has been made available to the public for sale in physical form. It is also eligible in the PhotoBook of the Year category, providing it has been printed in a minimum run of one hundred physical copies.

I self-published a book a couple of years ago, and it’s now been picked up by a publisher and released for a broader audience. Is the publisher’s edition of my book eligible for the prizes?
Yes. If your self-published book has been picked up by a trade publisher and rereleased under their imprint, the trade edition is still eligible for the First PhotoBook prize.

I self-published several books in the past, and I did a book with my gallery last year, prior to having my new book published this year by a publisher. Is my new book eligible for the First PhotoBook category?
Yes. If your self-published book has been published by a gallery or other publisher and rereleased under their imprint, it is still eligible for the First PhotoBook prize.

Can I submit the same book in all categories?
If the book meets the criteria for all categories, it may be entered separately, with applicable entry fees to each prize. Books will only be juried within the context of the category to which they have been submitted.

I have put a book proposal together using a print-on-demand service, and people can go on to the service and print it out. Is that enough for my book to be considered available in physical form, and hence eligible for the First PhotoBook award?
Yes, it is. However, you must submit a physical copy of your book in order to be considered.

What should be included in my submission packet?
The packet of submission materials sent to Aperture Foundation should include the book(s) for entry; a printed, completed application form for each entry; and a copy of your receipt, which you will print out after filling in the online application form.

What happens to the books chosen to be shortlisted?
Once an entry has been chosen for the shortlist, an Aperture staff member will contact the applicant. Three additional copies of each shortlisted title will be requested, in order for the book to be exhibited to its best advantage at Paris Photo. Thirty shortlisted entries in total will be exhibited, and the award winners will be announced, at Paris Photo, November 13 (opening day)–17, 2013.

Do I have to be in Paris to win the prize in either category?
No, but it might be fun. We encourage all shortlisted entrants to attend if possible. Unfortunately, Paris Photo and Aperture cannot be responsible for any travel expenses required for you to attend, but you will gain free entry to the fair.

I have less than three copies of my book, can I still submit to the First PhotoBook award?
Yes, providing the book meets the criteria in all other regards. Please tell us this when you enter. What this means, however, is that if your book is shortlisted / wins, it will have limited visibility when exhibited.

Will I get my book(s) returned if I am not shortlisted?
No. Aperture is not responsible for the return of submissions. All books submitted to the awards remain the property of Aperture Foundation and will become part of the Aperture library. This is not negotiable.

What if I run out of time?
No exceptions will be made for late submissions. Please allow for ample time to complete your entry.

Can I submit a book to the Photography Catalogue of the Year category that was published to accompany a gallery or festival exhibition?

Yes. Any book published to accompany a gallery, festival, museum, or other public exhibition can be submitted to the new category.

Can I submit a book of essays or a book that is primarily text, with the inclusion of just a few illustrations, to the Photography Catalogue of the Year category?

No. It is important that each catalogue submitted is image-driven. The unique design challenges involved in creating the structure and informational architecture of such a volume—integrating text and images—are an important part of the criteria for this category.

Can I submit a book to the Photography Catalogue of the Year category even if the material has not been exhibited?

If the material included in the book focuses on research or the presentation of material that is part of an institutional collection, even if it has not been exhibited at the time of publication, the book can be submitted to this category.

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