• What is the UNSEEN / GOST Books Publishing Award?

    The Unseen – GOST Books Publishing Award is an open Award that aims to promote and publish the work of any photographer / artist, and to foster previously unpublished photographic work through the publication of a book by the Unseen/GOST imprint.

    Who can apply?

    Any artist(s) working in the medium of photography.

    Is there an age limit for the applicants?

    No. There is no age limit. Unseen and GOST encourage artists of all ages to apply so long as they meet the entry requirements.

    What will the winner receive? 

    A photo book designed, edited, printed and published by Unseen/ 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 winner announced?

    *The winner will be announced in September 2022 during the Unseen Photo Fair in Amsterdam at a partner venue near the Fair.

    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 30-50 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 1500px on the long size 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 marissa@unseenamsterdam.com with any further questions.