The winner of the ICP / GOST First Photo Book Award 2020 is Léonard Pongo for the series The Uncanny. The shortlisted photographers are Jenica Heintzelman, Nura Qureshi, Bianca and riel Sturchio, Ilona Szwarc and Cansu Yıldıran. Read more here.


About the Award:

The ICP / GOST First Photo Book Award aims to promote and support the work of previously unpublished photographers and artists through the production of a first photo book by the ICP / GOST imprint. The call for entries for the ICP / GOST First Photo Book Award 2020 is now closed.

The winner will have their first photo book designed, edited, printed and published by the ICP / GOST imprint, including distribution, press and promotion with the opportunity to display the work through ICP’s platforms. The winner also receives a portion of personal copies of the book from the first print run.

The Award is open to artists of any age, working in the medium of photography whose work has yet to be published in book form by a mainstream publisher. The Call for Entries is now open and will run until 11.59 EST on 9 November 2020. The shortlist and winner will be announced in the winter.

The entry fee is $35.

The winner of the inaugural ICP / GOST First Photo Book Award is Nancy Floyd for the series Weathering Time. The five shortlisted photographers are Ignacio Colo, Ciaran Dunbar, Richard Andrew Sharum, Camillo Pasquarelli and Federico Vespignani. Read more here

Weathering Time is now available for presale here.

The 2020 jury panel are:

Jacqueline Bates – Photography Director of The California Sunday Magazine
Mark Lubell – Executive Director, International Center of Photography, New York
John Edwin Mason – Writer, academic and photographer
Stuart Smith – Director, GOST Books
Lindokuhle Sobekwa – Photographer
Cemre Yeşil Gönenli – Photographer, publisher and FiLBooks Director
You can read the jury’s biographies here

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GOST Books

Founded in 2013, GOST Books is an independent visual arts and photography publisher based in London. We pride ourselves on an uncategorisable output of diverse subject matter and design: from a chronicle of seven men claiming to be the Messiah; a study of Turkish soap operas; art works inspired by the largest breeding grounds for flamingos in the Southern Hemisphere; archive photographs from the Mexico City police department; to portraits of winners of state-run competitions in Belarus. GOST aims to not only provide a platform for the work of emerging artists but contribute to print legacies of masters in the medium.

International Center for Photography (ICP)

The International Center of Photography (ICP) is the world’s leading institution dedicated to photography and visual culture. Cornell Capa founded ICP in 1974 to preserve the legacy of “concerned photography”—the creation of socially and politically-minded images that have the potential to educate and change the world— and the center’s mission endures today, even as the photographic medium and image-making practices have evolved.
Through its exhibitions, school, public programs, and community outreach, ICP offers an open forum for dialogue about the role that photographs, videos, and new media play in our society. To date, it has presented more than 700 exhibitions and offered thousands of classes at every level. ICP brings together photographers, artists, students, and scholars to create and interpret the realm of the image. Here, members of this unique community are encouraged to explore photography and visual culture as mediums of empowerment and as catalysts for wide-reaching social change. Visit to learn more.


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