Edition 2023


The Rencontres d’Arles Book Awards were created to support the publishing of photography books, a swiftly growing domain, and to help these publications reach a broader public. There are three categories of awards: Authors’ Books, Historical Books, and Photo-Text Books. The Fondation Jan Michalski pour l’Écriture et la Littérature backs and encourages the last one, which celebrates the relationship between words and images. Each award comes with a €6,000 prize and singles out the best photography book in its category published between June 1, 2022 and May 26, 2023. A pre-jury and a jury of photography experts choose the shortlisted works and the winners. Each book submitted is deposited in the library of the École Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie in Arles. The shortlist is presented to the public in a dedicated space throughout the festival, and the winners are announced during opening week.


Main partner: Fondation Jan Michalski pour l’Écriture et la Littérature.

With support from Fnac for the Author’s Book Award.

  • Institutional partners

    • République Française
    • Région Provence Alpes Côté d'Azur
    • Département des Bouches du Rhône
    • Arles
    • Le Centre des monuments nationaux est heureux de soutenir les Rencontres de la Photographie d’Arles en accueillant des expositions dans l’abbaye de Montmajour
  • Main partners

    • Fondation LUMA
    • BMW
    • SNCF
    • Kering
  • Media partners

    • Arte
    • Lci
    • Konbini
    • Le Point
    • Madame Figaro
    • France Culture