For the first time since the Award was founded in 2012, submissions are not limited to nominated projects but are open to all emerging artists/photographers who have not had a book previously published.
The call for submissions emphasises a predilection for projects intended for book form: photographic works that find a voice through the book.
The First Book Award is a photography prize for photographers and artists who have not previously had their work published by a third party publishing house. This does not include self-published books or print-on-demand projects.
- Submissions must consist of coherent book projects and not portfolios of images in book form.
- Any text within the book must be supplied with an English translation.
- All submissions must be received as paper book dummies. Digital submissions in the form of PDFs, ebooks or apps will not be considered.
- All submissions must either be unpublished or self-published book projects. Books that have already been published by a third party publishing house will not be considered.
A panel of judges will together assess all submitted dummies, shortlisting ten. From the shortlist, a single project will be chosen as the winner to be published by MACK.
The winning project will be announced at the opening of Photo London at Somerset House, London, in May 2019 and the book will be published in time for that announcement.
The winning artist will exhibit their work in a special display devoted to their work at Photo London 2019, in an exhibition to coincide with the award announcement.