New photobook award

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Photographers have the chance to win a publishing deal worth £20,000 in a new photobook competition that launches today. The Bar Tur Photobook Award, which will be run in association with The Photographers’ Gallery and entrepreneurs and philanthropists Amnon and Armon Bar-Tur, offers an emerging photographer the chance to publish their first book with the Gallery and Trolley Books.

A three-year initiative, the annual award will see The Photographers’ Gallery collaborate with a different UK-based independent publisher each year.


The award is open to artists that have not yet published a book, with the exception of self-published titles. Applicants must either be currently studying for, or have graduated from, a UK-based BA or MA visual arts course within the last five years.

Applicants are asked to submit a proposal for their publication, including both written and visual material.

Entries will be judged by a panel of experts co-chaired by Brett Rogers, director at The Photographers’ Gallery, and Amnon Bar-Tur. The inaugural panel will include: David Chandler, writer and curator; Nadav Kander, photographer; Caroline Metcalfe, director of photography at Condé Nast Traveller magazine; Professor Chris Wainwright, head of Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon colleges; and Hannah Watson, director at Trolley Books.

“We are thrilled to launch the Bar Tur Photobook Award, which offers an exceptional opportunity for an emerging artist to work with photography experts to produce their first photobook,” says Rogers in a press statement. “This Award builds upon the Gallery’s ongoing commitment across all its programmes to champion the photobook and acknowledges its significant contribution to the medium, which has been especially pronounced over the past few years.”

The winner will be announced at a special ceremony at The Photographers’ Gallery on 08 December 2014. In addition, four runners-up will each receive £1,000 towards the realisation of their proposed photobook project.

For more information about the award, and to enter, visit The deadline for applications is 30 October 2014.

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