Fotogalleriet relaunches the Nordic PhotoBook Award in a renewed format to support novel, radical, and cutting-edge approaches to the photobook format that rethinks the need for publishing today. The prize aims to support the production of a fully-fledged book that takes a radical approach in this critical historical time. The awarded project will find publication through SPBH Editions.
Submissions are accepted from professionals based on the Norwegian territory, Norwegian citizens, or practitioners connected to Norwegian and Sámi artists and photographers. Fotogalleriet do not expect an entirely conceived dummy for a photobook but a project proposal for a book of photography that is advanced enough to discuss with a publisher the book publication, and some of its material. The award looks at the concept of the new as something that may not have seen appreciation or a proper understanding in its time and awaits publication due to its relevance today.
The value of the prize consists of kr 200,000 (approx. 17,000 EUR or 18,000 USD), which will be channelled toward the production, distribution, and promotion of the work. The award is open to professionals using photography, proposing the book publishing as a form and a project that has not been published before. In exceptional cases, and given proper argumentation, the jury will consider proposals for books that have previously been printed but need to find a new publication. The jury will pay special attention to content-driven, experimental, and innovative editorial recommendations.
The deadline for applications is 1 January 2024. A jury constituted of international and local experts will select the shortlisted projects and designate a winner.