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- All submissions must either be unpublished or self-published book projects.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.
Submissions must be received between 12 November 2018 - 21 January 2019. Submissions received before or after these dates will not be considered for the prize.
Please include your current email address, contact details and address as part of your submission.
Book dummies will only be returned if packaging and prepaid postage is included. Books will be returned in April 2019, after the shortlist has been announced. Neither MACK nor any of the sponsors will be held responsible for loss or damage to books submitted.
Please send submissions to:
First Book Award, MACK, Studio E, Ground Floor, Emperor House, Dragonfly Place, London SE4 2FL
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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.
Sarah Allen is a photography specialist. She is Assistant Curator at Tate Modern where she curates displays and exhibitions as well as researching acquisitions for the international collection. Her most recent project was Shape of Light: 100 Years of Photography and Abstract Art. She has also curated the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize nominated presentation of Mark Ruwedel at Tate (2018) as well as Martin Parr (2018), Workers Photography (2018), Daido Moriyama (2017), Kaveh Golestan (2017) and Gyorgy Kepes (2017). She has a specialist focus on photobooks and is curator of the Martin Parr photobook collection.
Emma Bowkett is Director of Photography at the Financial Times FT Weekend Magazine. Joining in 2009, she was integral to the small creative team who reworked the visual language of the magazine for the 2010 re-launch. Emma has curated exhibitions for the Triennale der Photographie Hamburg, Peckham 24 in London and in 2018 co-curated PhotoEast festival. She is a visiting university lecturer, and regularly participates at international portfolio reviews, festivals, art fairs and awards.
Stanley Wolukau-Wanambwa is a photographer and a writer who has contriubted essays to publications by Vanessa Winship, George Georgiou, Rosalind Fox Solomon, Marton Perlaki and Paul Graham. He has been an artist-in residence at Light Work, guest edited the Aperturn Photobook Review, and written for Aperture, FOAM, the Barbican, The Photographer's Gallery and Rutgers University Press. His debut monograph, One Wall a Web, was published by ROMA Publications in 2018. He has lectured at Yale, Cornell, New York University and The New School.
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 is the publisher of MACK.
The First Book Award is supported by:
Wilson Centre for Photography