The First Book Award is a photography publishing prize open to photographers who have not previously had a book published by a third party publishing house (this does not include self-published print on demand projects).
The award was established in 2012 to support emerging photographers. The call for submissions emphasises a predilection for projects conceived in book form: works that find a voice through the book.
The award is not an open submission. Each year, a diverse array of international nominators are asked to recommend suitable projects. A panel of judges, including Michael Mack, Polly Fleury (Wilson Centre for Photography) and Greg Hobson (National Media Museum), as well as two guest judges will together assess all submitted dummies, shortlisting 10 works; from the shortlist, a single project will be chosen as the winner to be published by MACK.
The guest judges for the 2016 award are Jennifer Higgie (Frieze) and David Chandler (Professor of Photography, Plymouth University).
The 2016 shortlist will be announced in March 2016; the winning work announced at the opening of Photo London at Somerset House, London, on the 18 May 2016; the book will be published by MACK in time for that announcement.
The winning artist will exhibit their work in a special display devoted to their work at Photo London 2016, in an exhibition to coincide with the award announcement.
The award winner will work with Greg Hobson on a donation of works to ensure a legacy for the project in the National Photography Collection, for which production and other expenses will be paid.