PhotoBoox Award 2019

© Mayumi Suzuki "The Restoration Will", winner of the PhotoBoox Award 2017.
© Mayumi Suzuki “The Restoration Will”, winner of the PhotoBoox Award 2017.


The PhotoBoox Award 2019 is an international contest dedicated to photobooks promoted by Photolux in cooperation with ceiba editions and Grafiche dell’Artiere, realized with the cooperation of Miami Photo Fest and the media partnership of Eyes Open! magazine.
The award is aimed to recognize the best unpublished editorial projects, giving them a broad visibility and a chance for publication.
The winning project will be produced and published by ceiba editions with the contribution of Photolux and Grafiche dell’Artiere.

Submissions are free of charge and open to all photographers or collectives, professionals and non, from all countries.

Quality, originality and consistency of the project are the main criteria for the inclusion in the selection. Every participant can submit up to two book projects max. The projects must be unpublished. Projects already published by a publishing house or self-published will not be considered. If already realized as an artist book, the projects will be accepted only if the realized copies are 30 maximum.

The project must be submitted as a physical paper dummy, complete in every aspect (including text and graphic layout), but not necessarily realized with the final materials and binding.

Along with the dummy the following documentation must be included:

  • Personal data of the photographer/collective: name, surname, address, phone number, e-mail address;
  • curriculum vitae
  • title and statement of the project, including the intentions and motivations that brought the author to it (max 1000 characters);
  • technical information of the dummy (size, page number, paper, binding);***
  • authorization to Photolux Festival, ceiba editions, Grafiche dell’Artiere and Miami Photo Festival to use the pictures submitted, electronically, and in print in the context of this competition, to document and promote this and future Festivals and competitions.

*** The winner of the award will sign a regular publishing contract with ceiba editions. The edition will be published in collaboration with the artist, based on the submitted dummy. However, ceiba editions holds the prerogative to adapt size, shape and form to improve the project for best production and marketing purposes. The author must hold the copyright of the whole content included in the dummy. The edition will be printed with the support of Grafiche dell’Artiere.

NOTE: dummies will not be returned and become part of Photolux’ archive and library.

The projects must be submitted following the guidelines above, in a closed envelope, before and not later than March 31, 2019 (date of postmark) to the following address:

Associazione culturale Photolux
Via Guidiccioni, 188
55100 Lucca – Italy
tel: +39 0583 53003

The 2019 award committee is composed by:
Irene Attinger, Responsable of the library and bookstore of the Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris (President)
Andrea Copetti, founder of Tipi Bookshop, Bruxelles
Tommaso Parrillo, founder of Witty Kiwi Books, Torino
Eva-Maria Kunz, co-founder and artistic director of the publishing house ceiba editions, Siena
Gianmarco Gamberini, sales and marketing director of Grafiche dell’Artiere, Bentivoglio (BO)

The award committee will meet during the month of April 2019.
The winner will be announced in May 2019.
THE AWARD COMMITTEE RESERVES THE RIGHT NOT TO DECLARE A WINNER in case that there are no submissions deemed apt for a book publication

The winning project will be published and distributed by ceiba editions and presented at Photolux Festival 2019 with an exhibition in one of the official venue of the event and a book launch during the main weekend (23-24 November 2019) where also the shortlisted will be presented to the public.
The project also wins an exhibition with a book launch at the Miami Photo Fest 2020 (dates to be decided).
Both the winner project and the shortlist will be published on EyesOpen! magazine’s online platform as well on Photolux, Miami Photo Fest and ceiba editions’ websites.

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