The First Book Award is a photography publishing prize for photographers and artists who have not previously had a book published by a third party publishing house.

This does not include self-published print on demand projects through software platforms such as Blurb.
This is not an open submission. A diverse array of international nominators have been asked to recommend suitable projects.

Submissions must consist of coherent book projects and not portfolios of images in book form. Any text within the book must be supplied with an English translation.
All submissions must be received as paper book dummies. Digital submissions in the form of PDFs, ebooks or apps will not be considered.
Submissions must be received between 11 January - 19 February 2016. Submissions received before or after these dates will not be considered for the prize.
Book dummies will not be returned unless packaging and full postage is included. Neither MACK nor any of the sponsors will be held responsible for loss or damage to books submitted.

A panel of judges, including Michael Mack, Polly Fleury from the Wilson Centre for Photography, Greg Hobson from the National Media Museum, as well as the guest judges, Jennifer Higgie (Frieze) and David Chandler (Professor of Photography, Plymouth University) will together assess all submitted dummies, shortlisting 10 works. From the shortlist, a single project will be chosen as the winner to be published by MACK
The winning project will be announced at the opening of Photo London at Somerset House, London, on the 18th May
2016 and the book will be published by MACK in time for that announcement.
The winning artist will exhibit their work in a special display devoted to their work at Photo London 2016, in an exhibition to coincide with the award announcement.
The award winner will work with Greg Hobson on a donation of works to ensure a legacy for the project in the National Photography Collection, for which production and other expenses will be paid. Please send submissions to:

Studio E, Ground Floor
Emperor House, Dragonfly Place, London, SE4 2FL

Michael Mack & Meg O'Donnell
Studio E, Ground Floor
Emperor House
Dragonfly Place
London SE4 2FL
+44(0) 207 442 2190 <> <>

This project

is being supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic.