2018 Shortlist

Anita Benjamin
Veronique Besnard
The Wall
Tenzing Dakpa
The Hotel
Andres Gonzalez
American Origami
Thomas Locke Hobbs
Vedute Los Angeles
Lionel Kiernan
At Night
Diane Severin Nguyen
Flesh Before Body
Dafna Talmor
Constructed Landscapes
Hayahisa Tomiyasu
Andrew Waits


Hannah Starkey
British artist Hannah Starkey’s commitment to picturing women since the mid-nineties has seen her explore a labyrinth of issues and ideas surrounding the female experience and the medium of photography. From childhood to motherhood and beyond, her work explores archetypal female characters, social values, relationships, psychology, communication, and fashion.

Amira Gad
Amira Gad is Exhibitions Curator at the Serpentine Galleries in London, where she has curated exhibitions by Simon Denny, Jimmie Durham, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye and Torbjørn Rødland. Prior to this, Gad was Managing Curator & Publications at Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam where she worked from 2009 to 2014. Gad is also Commissioning Editor for Ibraaz, an online platform dedicated to visual culture in the Middle East and North Africa.

Martin Barnes
Martin Barnes is Senior Curator of Photographs at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) London. Since 1997 he has worked on the Photography Gallery at the V&A, curating exhibitions such as Diane Arbus Revelations (2005-6); Twilight: Photography in the Magic Hour (2006); Shadow Catchers: Camera-less Photography (2010) and co-curator of Figures and Fictions: Contemporary South African Photography (2011).

Polly Fleury
Polly Fleury is Director of Special Projects at the Wilson Centre for Photography where she works closely with museums, artists, galleries and publishers, bringing historical and contemporary photography to public view.

Michael Mack
Michael Mack is the publisher of MACK.

The winning project will be announced at the opening of Photo London at Somerset House, London, on 16th May 2018.


First Book Award

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.

Previous winners include: Anne Sophie Merryman (2012), Paul Salveson (2013), Joanna Piotrowska (2014), Ciarán Óg Arnold (2015), Sofia Borges (2016) and Emmanuelle Andrianjafy (2017).

We are grateful for the support of:

Wilson Centre for Photography
Kraszna-Krausz Foundation