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The BOOK AWARDS 2021

AUTHOR BOOK AWARD / HISTORICAL BOOK AWARD / PHOTO TEXT BOOK AWARD

The Rencontres d’Arles Book Awards were created to support the extraordinary growth of photographic book publishing and contribute to its wider dissemination. There are three categories: the author’s book, historical book and photo-text book.
 
THE AUTHOR’S BOOK AWARD
This €6,000 prize is for the best book presenting a project by a contemporary photographer.

THE HISTORICAL BOOK AWARD
This €6,000 prize is for the best documented work, thematic or monographic, on photography or a photographer.

THE PHOTO-TEXT BOOK AWARD
This €6,000 prize is given to the best book in which photographs and words contribute to the work in equal parts. The text is judged not for its length but for its intrinsic role and how it constitutes the body of the work with the photos, without being descriptive captions, an introduction or a critical essay.

Application is open to all photography books and catalogs that have been published between June 1, 2020 and May 31, 2021. Applicants must forward one application form completed for each book by categories, together with one copy of each book submitted.

A pre-jury composed of photographic publishing professionals meets in mid-June and is in charge of drawing up a shortlist of about twenty works per category. According to a new curatorial dynamic, only the shortlisted books will be presented to the public, in a dedicated place during the whole period of the festival in Arles, as well as during the Jimei x Arles Festival, which will take place from November 26, 2021 to January 3, 2022.

All shortlisted candidates will be asked to send during summer a second copy of their book, so that the Rencontres d'Arles library can include a copy that has not been shown to the public.

A jury of photobook experts will name the Book Awards winners during the opening week of the festival. 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.

Books should be sent to the following address:
ÉCOLE NATIONALE SUPÉRIEURE DE LA PHOTOGRAPHIE
Arles Book Awards 2021 - Library
30 avenue Victor Hugo
13200 Arles — FRANCE

Applications should be sent imperatively between Monday 12 April and Monday 31 May 2021 (date as postmark). No work will be received and taken into account outside these dates.

Copies will not be returned and will remain the property of the Rencontres d’Arles.

Each work received is part of the Rencontres d'Arles library currently housed at the École Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie in Arles.

For any question regarding the Book Awards, please contact: prixdulivre@rencontres-arles.com.

Main partner of the Book Awards: The Fondation Jan Michalski pour l’Écriture et la Littérature.
With the support from the Fnac for the Author book award.