The Aperture ParisPhoto awards shortlist

The Paris Photo—Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards celebrate the photobook's contributions to the evolving narrative of photography, with three major categories: First PhotoBook, PhotoBook of the Year, and Photography Catalogue of the Year.

“This year’s submissions faced more than eighteen months of unprecedented production challenges and the uncertainty of another important element in bookmaking—the ability of artists, publishers, and their collaborators to come together,” observed juror Sonel Breslav. “It’s inspiring to witness the resilience of these artists, subjects, and communities."

A final jury will gather at Paris Photo this November to select the winners for all three categories. From there, the shortlisted and winning titles will be profiled in The PhotoBook Review and exhibited in Paris, New York, and tour internationally thereafter. 

We are proud to represent these shortlisted:


First PhotoBook

Wiosna van Bon
Family Stranger
Eriskay Connection, Breda, Netherlands


Luke Le
What are you looking for?
Perimeter Editions, Melbourne, Australia


Jana Hartmann
Mastering the Elements
Eriskay Connection, Breda, Netherlands


PhotoBook of the Year

Lora Webb Nichols
Encampment, Wyoming
Fw:Books, Amsterdam


Photography Catalogue of the Year

What They Saw: Historical Photobooks by Women, 1843–1999
Russet Lederman and Olga Yatskevich, eds.
10×10 Photobooks, New York


The 2021 PhotoBook Award winners will be announced during Paris Photo on Friday, November 12, 2021.