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 from the Wilson Centre for Photography, and Greg Hobson from the 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 2015 award are Simon Baker (Tate) and Lucy Moore (Claire de Rouen Books).
The winning project will be announced at the Kraszna-Krausz Awards at Media Space, London, in May 2015, and the book will be published by MACK in time for the announcement.
The winning artist will exhibit their work at Media Space in May 2015. All shortlisted dummies will be exhibited.
The award winner will work with Media Space 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.