FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is the ICP / GOST First Photo Book Award?
The ICP / GOST First Photo Book Award aims to promote the work of previously unpublished photographers and artists, and to foster new photographic work through the publication of a first book by the ICP / GOST imprint.

Who can apply?
Any artist(s) working in the medium of photography whose work has yet to be published in book form by a mainstream publisher. Artists who have previously self-published are still eligible to apply.

Is there an age limit for the applicants?
No. There is no age limit. The ICP and GOST encourage artists of all ages to apply so long as they meet the entry requirements.

What will the winner receive?
A first book designed, edited, printed and published by ICP / GOST imprint, including distribution, press and promotion. The winner also receives a portion of personal copies of the book from the first print run.

When is the shortlist announced?
The shortlist will be announced this fall.

What does the application fee go towards?
The application fee goes towards the administration of the prize and the production of the final book. The book production process includes editing and sequencing, designing of interior and cover, copyediting and proofreading, printing and on-press supervision, shipping and international distribution, as well as press and marketing of the title.

I work in collaboration with another artist. Is the project still eligible for the Award?
Yes. Single bodies of work by multiple artists and artist collectives are eligible.

What needs to be included with my submission?
The submission must include a selection of 35-100 digital image files, artist CV/Résumé, statement about the work, brief artist bio, and application fee.

Are there specifications for uploading images?
Yes. All images must be 1500 pixels on the long side and uploaded as JPG files.

Am I allowed to submit physical prints instead of uploading digital files?
No. All applications must be done through the online application form. We cannot accept any physical applications and will not be responsible for returning any hard copy applications. Please see our Terms and Conditions for more information.

Do you accept late submissions?
No exceptions will be made for late submissions. Please allow for sufficient time to complete your application.

Who can I contact if I have more questions?
Please email awards@gostbooks.com with any further questions.

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