Call for entries now open until 9 November 2020

The ICP / GOST First Photo Book Award aims to promote and support the work of previously unpublished photographers and artists through the production of a first book by the ICP / GOST imprint.

The winner will have their first book designed, edited, printed and published by the ICP / GOST imprint, including distribution, press and promotion with the opportunity to display the work through ICP’s platforms. The winner also receives a portion of personal copies of the book from the first print run.

The award is open to artists of any age, working in the medium of photography whose work has yet to be published in book form by a mainstream publisher. The call for entries is now open and will run until 9 November 2020. The shortlist and winner will be announced in the winter.

In 2019, the inaugural Award attracted nearly 300 entrants from 45 countries. The winner of the inaugural ICP / GOST First Photo Book Award was Nancy Floyd for the series ‘Weathering Time‘ (pictured below). The five shortlisted photographers were Ignacio Colo, Ciaran Dunbar, Richard Andrew Sharum, Camillo Pasquarelli and Federico Vespignani.

The judges will be announced in the coming weeks. Sign up to be updated on news of the awards at . The application fee is $35. There is an early bird offer of a discounted application fee of $20 until 21 September 2020, To apply visit

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What happens to the application fee?
The application fee goes towards the administration of the prize and the production of the final book. The book production process includes editing and sequencing, designing of interior and cover, copyediting and proofreading, printing and on-press supervision, shipping and international distribution, as well as press and marketing of the title.

I work in collaboration with another artist. Is the project still eligible for the Award?
Yes. Single bodies of work by multiple artists and artist collectives are eligible.

What needs to be included with my submission?
The submission must include a selection of 35-100 digital image files, artist CV/Résumé, statement about the work, brief artist bio, and application fee.

Are there specifications for uploading images?
Yes. All images must be 1500 pixels on the longest side.

Am I allowed to submit physical prints instead of uploading digital files?
No. All applications must be done through the online application form. We cannot accept any physical applications and will not be responsible for returning any hard copy applications. Please see our Terms and Conditions for more information.

Do you accept late submissions?
No exceptions will be made for late submissions. Please allow for sufficient time to complete your application.

Who can I contact if I have more questions?
Please email with any further questions.

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