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The 2019 Book awards


The 50th edition of the Rencontres d’Arles will take place from July 1 to September 22, 2019.

Created 50 years ago, at the same time as the festival, the Book Awards nowadays grant three categories of books, thereby contributing to the extraordinary development of photography publishing and to its wide distribution. Since 2015, the Fondation Jan Michalski pour l’Ecriture et la Littérature is the main partner of the Book Awards.

The Author Book Award rewards the best author project for a contemporary photography work. It is endowed with 6,000 euros.

The Historical Book Award rewards the best documented book on photography or about a photographer. It can either be a thematic or monographic book. It is endowed with 6,000 euros.

The Photo Text Book Award rewards the best book mixing images and texts, whether it is through the imbrication of the text in the image, the preponderant place of the writing within a model or a text supporting the photographic idea. It is endowed with 6,000 euros.

A jury of photobook experts will name the Book Awards winners during the opening week. The grant will be equally divided between the publisher and the photographer (or to all the authors in case of collaborative or collective works).

Books are selected by open call. Application is open to all photography books and catalogues that have been published between June 1, 2018 and May 31, 2019. Applicants must forward one application form completed for each book by categories, together with two copies of each book by June 5, 2019 at the latest (date of postmark will be taken as proof of postage), to the Ecole nationale supérieure de la photographie (16 rue des Arènes BP 149, 13631 Arles cedex — France).

Copies will not be returned and will remain the property of the Rencontres d’Arles. One copy will be deposited at the Rencontres d’Arles library, currently located at the École nationale supérieure de la photographie. The other copy will be presented to the public during the festival from July 1 to September 22, 2019. Please note that the Rencontres d’Arles reserves the right to make a selection from the books received according to the available space.

For any question regarding the Book Awards, please contact Amélie Fleury:

Main partner: Fondation Jan Michalski pour l’Écriture et la Littérature.
With the support from the Fnac for the Author Book Award.
Posted on 15.04.2019