The Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards



Initiated in November 2011, The Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards celebrates the photobook’s contribution to the evolving narrative of photography, with two major categories: First PhotoBook and PhotoBook of the Year. This year, the Awards introduced a brand-new third category, Photography Catalogue of the Year. The traveling exhibition will include all three years of short-listed titles.

There is something tremendously clarifying about looking over hundreds of new photobooks over the space of a few days; patterns emerge, revealing current thematic, design, and format trends. It has become evident that we have reached a highly sophisticated level of photobook production, in which there is a tremendous plurality of styles–from the most baroque to the extremely minimalist. As juror Anne Wilkes Tucker points out, “People are thinking increasingly in sequences and bodies of work, and of the book as their primary form of presentation.”

While all prizes come with special distinction; in addition, the winner of the First PhotoBook Prize receives $10,000. Each winner was selected upon the basis of the quality of the photographs, their sequencing, the relevance of the book’s conception, and its characteristics as an object, including its graphic design, editorial structure, and the quality of its fabrication.

Supported by Amana




The exhibition celebrates the ninety-five shortlisted titles from past PhotoBook Awards.

Participation Fee:

$500 per each submission year for an 8-week showing. The host venue is responsible for pro-rated shipping and insurance.


The exhibition is available through 2016.