Edition 2018


Created 49 years ago, at the same time as the festival, the Book Award grants nowadays 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) after the awards ceremony.

Winner of the Author Book award
Photographic Treatment
DEWI LEWIS PUBLISHING, Stockport (England)

Special mention Author Book award
Giorgio DI NOTO
The Iceberg
ÉDITION PATRICK FREY, Zürich (Switzerland)

Winner of the Historical Photo Book award
The Pigeon Photographer
RORHOF, Bolzano (Italy)

Winner of the Photo-text Book award
War Primer 2
MACK, London (England)

The 2018 Jury
jury president
Marloes Krijnen - Head of FOAM
Véronique Bergero – Fnac bookseller
Ilgın Deniz Akseloğlu – Exhibition curator
Irene De Mendoza – Artistic director of Foto Colectania
Muriel Enjalran – Head of CRP/ Centre régional de la photographie des Hauts-de-France

The shortlisted books for the 2018 Books awards
Authors book award
Photo-Text book award
Historical book award

Application forms and informations on the Book awards' page

Main partner: Fondation Jan Michalski pour l’Écriture et la Littérature.
With support from the Fnac for the Author 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
    • Pernot Ricard
    • Kering
  • Media partners

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