The Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards


Initiated in November 2011,The Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards celebrate the photobook’s contribution to the evolving narrative of photography. This exhibition includes the short-listed titles, with the categories of First PhotoBook, PhotoBook of the Year, and Photography Catalogue of the Year.

There is something tremendously clarifying about looking over hundreds of new photobooks over the space of a few days; patterns emerge, revealing current thematic, design, and format trends. It has become evident that we have reached a highly sophisticated level of photobook production, in which there is a tremendous plurality of styles–from the most baroque to the extremely minimalist. As juror Anne Wilkes Tucker points out, “People are thinking increasingly in sequences and bodies of work, and of the book as their primary form of presentation.”

While all prizes come with special distinction, in addition, the winner of the First PhotoBook Prize receives $10,000. Each winner was selected upon the basis of the quality of the photographs, their sequencing, the relevance of the book’s conception, and its characteristics as an object, including its graphic design, editorial structure, and the quality of its fabrication.

Click here to view the 2016 PhotoBook Awards shortlist.


A peek inside the jurying of this year’s Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards.




The Eye of Photography, 2015
Interview with Heidi Romano for Urbanautica, 2015
Interview with Todd Hido for American Photo Mag, 2014


The exhibition celebrates the shortlisted titles from the PhotoBook Awards. Click here to view the shortlist.

Participation Fee:

$550. The host venue is responsible for shipping and insurance.


Europe: mid-December 2016-October 2017
North America: mid-February-October 2017

      • Venue List:

European/International Tour:2016 Shortlist

2015 Shortlist


2014 Shortlist


2013 Shortlist




North American Tour:

2016 Shortlist


2015 Shortlist


2014 Shortlist


2013 Shortlist


2012 Shortlist