The Book Awards will be granted during the Awards ceremony organised on Saturday 7th of July 2012 at the Antique Theatre in Arles. Half the allotted sum is paid to the publisher and half to the photographer after the ceremony - or all the authors in the case of collaborative or collective works, according to the division of rights specified contractually between the publisher and the authors.
Books are selected by an open call. Application for the two Awards is open to all photography books and catalogues that have been published between the 1st of June 2011 and the 31st of May 2012. Applicants must forward one application form filled for each book entered, together with two copies of each book by the evening of the 2nd of JUNE 2012 at the latest (date of postmark will be taken as proof of postage), to the National School of Photography in Arles (please find the address on the entry form).
Copies will not been returned and will remain the property of the Rencontres d’Arles. One copy will be deposited at the library of the Arles National Superior School of Photography, where it will be available for consultation. The other copy will be available for consultation by the public, in an exhibition at the Parc des Ateliers during the festival from July 2nd to September 23rd, 2012.
The Rencontres d’Arles are giving a new dimension to the Book Awards, offering the copies presented in the exhibition after the festival to an international cultural institution dedicated to the worldwide photography in order to participate in the creation of a library, each year different. Books received this year will enrich the library of the Market Photo Workshop, a school and gallery for photography, founded by David Goldblatt in 1989. Books received in 2009 have enriched the library of the Three Shadows Photography Art Center in Beijing, China, within the framework of the three years partnership «Caochangdi Photospring festival – Arles in Beijing». Books received in 2011 have enriched the library of the CAMM (Conservatoire des arts et des métiers multimédia Balla Fasseké Kouyaté, Mali), in the context of the Encounters of Bamako, African Biennale for Photography in fall 2011.