Photobook Festivals, Competitions, Fairs

Photobook Festivals/Shows

International Photobook Festival
The Kasseler Fotoforum hosted the first festival dedicated to the photobook in 2008 as part of the Kasseler Fotofrühling. After it had been floating around for some time, as a result of many discussions it became a concrete idea to start a festival that was dedicated to the photobook. Thus the International Photobook Festival was born. The festival has two awards: The International Photobook Award and International Photobook Dummy Award 

Photobook Show is a Brighton-based arts organisation, set up in 2011 by William Sadowski and Kevin Beck to raise the profile of artist-led photobooks, with particular focus on self-published or hand-crafted works. It aims to hold several exhibitions a year, alongside talks and workshops, to promote the visibility of photobooks.

PhotoBook London
PhotoBook London is a regular event all about photo books, hosting a weekend long photo book fair, seminars and book reviewing sessions, all with the intention promoting independently, and self published books.

Photofestivals With Photobook Shows/Awards

C/O Berlin – International Forum For Visual Dialogues: Book Days
Established in 2000 as a cultural institution, C/O Berlin integrates photography with design and architecture. The program of Book Days started in 2011 includes book presentations, screenings, discussions and book signings. Open submissions for Photobook Slam Berlin.

Independent Photography Festival: Photo Book & Zine Fair 
The IPF Photo Book & Zine Fair aims to bring together the enormous and diverse spectrum of photo publications, from high-end, perfect bound coffee table books to $2 B/W, saddle-stitched zines, and everything in between.

PHotoEspaña: The Best Photography Books of the Year Exhibition and Awards
Since 1998, prizes have been awarded in three categories: the best Spanish photography book, the best international photography book, and the outstanding publishing house of the year.  The Best Photography Books of the Year exhibition  features the 100 books short-listed for the awards.

PhotoIreland: Book & Magazine Fair and The Library Project
Book & Magazine Fair includes photobooks and photo magazines from all over the world, as well as a rich example of contemporary publications focused on Art, Design and Illustration. The Library Project is a collection of books, magazines and zines on contemporary Photography.

The Rencontres d’Arles: Book Awards
The Rencontres d’Arles (formerly known as the Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie d’Arles) is a summer photography festival founded in 1970. Photobooks for the Book Awards are selected by an open call.

Photobook Competitions:

PBN / Photography Book Now Annual international photobook competition by Blurb

Art Book Fairs

AIPAD Photography Show including photobooks showcase. March, USA

 New York Antiquarian Book Fair April, USA

The Philadelphia Photo Arts Center (PPAC) Annual Book Fair May, USA

ABOUT Independent Publishing Fair For small publishing houses and self-publishers that work within the fields of art and design. May, Germany

London Art Book Fair September, England

NY Art Book Fair September-October, USA

Frankfurt Book Fair October, Germany

Small Publishers Fair November, England

Offprint Paris November, France

Paris Photo 2012 November, France

Amsterdam Art/Book Fair The Netherlands

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  1. This is great deal to all. A photobooks not only in saving memories but even in a competitions can join. Thanks for sharing.



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