Have you made a photobook that you are really proud of? Are you planning one now? Send in your book for review by three world class selectors. Short-listed entries will be exhibited in London next Autumn.
Entry is open to books created since January 2014 (one per entrant) and can be self-published, book dummies and artist books. Short-listed entries will be exhibited in London next Autumn.
This is an open exhibition and entries are welcomed from all photographers and authors of photobooks: amateurs, professionals, artists and students. Are you planning or have you made a photobook that you are, or expect to be, really proud of but don’t know how to get it out there? Would you like the opportunity to have it reviewed by world class photobook selectors and promoted on an international platform?
Organised by the Contemporary Group of the Royal Photographic Society, a pilot photobook exhibition open to RPS members was held in 2014. This second exhibition is open to all, not just RPS members.
Entries may be self-published, photobook dummies or artist’s photobooks. They may be produced by on-line digital print services, by offset printing or any other processes. Handmade books are also accepted. Only physical copies will be acceptable. No PDF’s or e-books permitted.
Commercial book trade publications will not be allowed.
Only one book per entrant. The book must be the author’s own work, (however books containing found images may be used, provided their source is stated). Books must have been created between 1 January 2014 and the closing date of 31 July 2016.
Selected short-listed books and award winners will be exhibited at the Espacio Gallery, Bethnal Green Road, London E2 7DG, from 18-23 October 2016. Browsing of exhibited books will be encouraged. There will be an accompanying print exhibition.
The short-listed books and award winners will be exhibited, by arrangement with Fotonow, at St Saviours Hall, Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NN on 29-30 October 2016 and at the Impressions Gallery, Bradford, BD1 1SD on 12 November 2016.
Offprint London Tate Modern photo by Brian Steptoe FRPS
David Campany - writer, curator, tutor of photography, photobook selector, RPS Award holder 2014.
Lucy Kumara Moore - Director of Claire de Rouen Books, selector for MACK First book award.
Dewi Lewis HonFRPS - photobook publisher.
The selectors will be looking for books which approach the standards set by international photobook exhibitions, which are based on book topics of substance and interest, with photography of suitable strength, book design, sequencing etc. that support the purpose of the book, and the book’s overall characteristics as an object.
Society Medals and Awards
- Winner - Society Medal and a Prize of £1000.
- Society Medals and Prizes of on-demand print services to the value of £150 for second place and £100 for third place from Bob Books.
Entry Fee and deadline
Entry Fee – per person is £25.00, £10 for 25 years old or under entrants. Books are returnable where return postage is supplied.
You will only be allowed to enter one book per person.
Deadline for entries 31 July 2016. Entries will be acknowledged on receipt and photographers who are short-listed for exhibition will be notified by end-September 2016.
Books will only be returned IF FULL POSTAGE COSTS, A RETURN ADDRESS LABEL AND RE-USABLE PACKAGING HAVE BEEN PROVIDED BY THE PHOTOGRAPHER. To find return postage rates within the UK and Overseas see www.royalmail.com/price-finder.
A catalogue showing the short-listed books and winners will be sent to all exhibition entrants.
How to Enter
Please read the Rules of Entry carefully and then complete the Entry Form and email to firstname.lastname@example.org Send your entry fee plus full return postage by bank transfer or by cheque in UK pounds (see entry form for details).
Send your Photobook entry and re-usable packaging to:
Royal Photographic Society Photobook Exhibition
92 Old Park Ridings
London N21 2ES
Please mark your package Temporary Importation Exhibition Material. No Commercial Value. The Society will not be responsible for Customs duty on packages with a declared value, and reserves the right to reclaim any charges incurred.
The Society would like to thank our exhibition sponsors.
The award winning UK based print-on-demand photobook company, Bob Books, who offer books in seven sizes, including lay-flat binding, are sponsoring the event, with a contribution of £500 towards the winner prize and the second and third place awards. Any entrants who choose to use Bob Books to create their entry can claim a 20% discount by going to www.bobbooks.co.uk/rps-competition.
Printing of the exhibition catalogue is sponsored by printed.com, whose services include photographic printing and a range of professional-standard print products using specialist materials and finishes.
Brian Steptoe email@example.com
Feature on the 2014 Winning Photobooks
From November 2014 The RPS Journal
Read more about the winning entries