Skip to main content
APHF BOOK PROGRAM (BP)
OPEN CALL FOR ARTISTS AND PUBLISHERS
DEADLINE 30 APRIL

The APhF Pick:24 Book Award is an annual juried competition open to all photobooks worldwide that were produced or published between January 2023 and March 2024. By honoring outstanding photobooks, we acknowledge the pivotal role this medium plays in the contemporary art scene in pushing the boundaries of artistic expression and fostering an ever-evolving dialogue within the realm of photography and materiality. The shortlisted books are selected by a five-member jury, specialized in photobooks and photography internationally. The jury will convene in person in Athens to select the winner.

What Winners Receive

• 1 winning photobook will receive a cash prize of €2,000
• 10 selected photobooks will be part of the APhF Pick:24 exhibition at the Benaki Museum/Pireos 138 during APhF in June/July 2024
• 10 selected photobooks will be profiled in the APhF print catalog
• 20 shortlisted photobooks will be profiled in the open-access APhF Library.
• Recognition (exposure on the APhF website, social media channels and partner press publications)
• Shortlisted photobooks will be available for the public to purchase during APhF (upon agreement from the publisher and/or artist)
• Free festival admission: All submitting artists will receive complimentary entry tickets to APhF:24

Jury Members

The juries for this competition are:
• Eduardo Cadava (Princeton University)
• Enri Canaj (Magnum Photographer and Albanian Center of Photography)
• Ioli Tzanetaki (curator at National Museum of Contemporary Art Athens)
• Fazal Sheihk (artist)
• Sylvia Sachini (curator of APhF BP)

How to Apply

• Apply using the online entry form and submit all required information and entry materials
• Complete payment
• Send 2 copies of your submitted book alongside your submission form, ensuring it is postmarked no later than 30 April 2024. The book needs to be sent to the address: Hellenic Center of Photography, Stratigou Kontouli 3, 117 42 Athens – Greece
• Information required for each photobook submitted: photobook title / photographer name / year of publication / publisher, designer, editor information / short description (max. 2000 characters) / short biography (max. 1000 characters), photobook dimensions, number of pages, edition number or print run
• An image of the photobook cover (jpg file)

A confirmation email will be sent upon receipt of your entry. If you haven’t received confirmation within two days of submission, please contact us to verify the status of your entry.

Entry Fee

The application fee is €20 for a first project and €15 for each additional project by the same applicant.
Entry fees can be paid using various methods, including credit or debit card, PayPal, bank transfer, or international money order. For payment instructions, click here.

Deadline and Time Frame

01 April 2024: Call for entries.
30 April 2024: Deadline to submit. All photobooks must be postmarked no later than 30 April; any photobooks received after the deadline will not be considered.
16 May 2024: Inform the 20 shortlisted artists via email.
6 June 2024: Opening of the exhibition of the shortlisted books at the Benaki Museum / Pireos 138.
16 June 2024: Announcement of the winner during the APhF night ceremony.

Requirements

• The photobook must be primarily photography-driven, whether in the form of new or archival images. The inclusion of other artistic disciplines is welcome, providing the overall work is focused on photography.
• All photobooks must have been physically produced between January 2023 – March 2024 to be eligible for submission (from any location worldwide).
• The photobook must be published in an edition of no fewer than 100 copies.

Terms and Conditions

By submitting your work to the APhF Book Program, you declare your consent with our Terms and Conditions.

Read the Terms & Conditions for the APhF Pick:24 Book Award

1. Two (2) physical copies should be sent to Hellenic Center of Photography, 3 Stratigou Kontouli, 117 42 Athens (GR) and must be postmarked no later than April 30, 2024.
2. Entries may only be submitted by the artist, the publisher or a third party with the written consent of the artist/publisher.
3. When submitting a book to multiple categories, please ensure that two physical copies are sent in total. Additionally, a separate payment and entry form must be completed for each submission.
4. Please add a label to the outside of the package stating: BOOK WITH NO COMMERCIAL VALUE.
5. If the parcel containing the photobook is delayed by the Customs Office, the applicant will be responsible for covering any related clearance costs.
6. The submission fee of €20 applies to a single project and should be paid either in advance or on submitting the finalized photobook.
7. Applicants are welcome to submit more than one project. Each submission requires a separate entry form and payment of a separate fee. The submission fee is €15 for each additional project by the same applicant.
8. All submissions should include a completed submission form, including a duly signed declaration of consent, a complete description of the project (max. 2000 characters with spaces), a biography of the artist (max. 500 characters), and contact details and relevant social media/website links.
9. All entries must be physically received and no refunds will be given if the photobooks are not delivered on time.
10. Shortlisted applicants will be informed no later than May 16. The winning project will be announced during the festival at a special ceremony on June 16.
11. Travel to and accommodation during the festival are excluded and shall be borne solely by the applicant.
12. Physical copies may be returned to the sender, if requested within 2 months after the festival ends. The artist covers the €5 handling fee and shipping costs
13. The APhF commits to handling the received and exhibited books with the utmost care. However, the festival cannot be held responsible for any damage that may occur to the books on display during their viewing by the public.
14. No physical copies shall be returned to individual applicants after 2 months from the final day of the festival.
15. The APhF Jury’s decision is final and may not be contested.

Contact and FAQs

For queries, you can contact us via email at books@photofestival.gr.

For Frequently Asked Questions about the Book Program, click here.

Are you ready to submit?