Photobook competition calls for entries

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The Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation Photobook Awards are back. Celebrating the best photobooks from the past year, the competition awards prizes in two main categories: PhotoBook of the Year and First PhotoBook.

The former prize is awarded to a photographer and his or her publisher for “the photobook deemed to be the best of 2014”, chosen from a shortlist of 20 books. The $10,000 First PhotoBook prize is awarded to a photographer for his or her debut photobook, selected from a shortlist of 10 books.


New to the competition this year is a third category: Photography Catalogue of the Year. The new prize recognises the increasing number of high-quality exhibition catalogues being produced. It will be awarded to “the publication, publisher, or institution responsible for the exhibition catalogue or museum publication judged to be the best of 2014”, write the organisers in a press statement.

American photographer Todd Hido is on this year’s jury, although the full panel has not yet been announced. The judging takes place in two stages: an initial jury meets in New York in September, to create the shortlist of 35 titles across all categories, and the final winners are decided by a separate jury that will meet during Paris Photo in November.

The shortlisted photobooks will appear in the autumn edition of The PhotoBook Review, published by Aperture Foundation, and be exhibited at Paris Photo. The exhibition will then travel to Aperture Gallery in New York and to other venues, yet to be decided.

Last year, Brazilian photographer Rosângela Rennó was awarded PhotoBook of the Year for her self-published book, A01 [COD.] — A27 [S | COD.23]. Spanish photographer Óscar Monzón won the First PhotoBook prize for Karma, published by ’.

Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation Photobook Awards is accepting entries until 12 September.

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