Call for entries runs until September 2, 2019

The ICP / GOST First Photo Book Award aims to promote and support the work of previously unpublished photographers and artists through the production of a first book by the ICP/GOST imprint.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 exhibit the work at a venue to be confirmed. 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 September 2, 2019. The judges will be announced shortly and the shortlist and winner will be announced in the autumn.

The application fee is $35, and there is an early bird offer of a discounted application fee of $25 until May 31, 2019.

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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?

Email with any further questions.

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