Maribor Photobook Award 2023

The overall winner will be awarded with a 3000 EUR prize money


We would kindly like to invite you to the fourth edition of the Maribor photobook award organized by The Angry Bat and Društvo za evropsko zavest. All books will be on display in an exhibition of contemporary photobooks and will coincide with the photo exhibition curated by Organ Vida in the Art Gallery Maribor.

The theme of the photobook award is The pandemic and life after it.

We are inviting photographers to send us works that deal with both the intimate experience of the pandemic and its consequences, as well as the social changes associated with it. Although we already think of the pandemic as past history, there is no doubt that it has cut deeply into our lives – both in our personal experience (i.e. taking access to goods and freedoms for granted), and in global social relations. The theme is not to be taken literally and can be applied to various aspects of our lives.

Eligible are all books published after the 1st of January 2020.


To apply please fill out one application form per book entered. The application has to be submitted together with the book. The final date to receive the books is the 10th of October 2023 (postmark).

The books will not be returned. All books remain in the permanent collection of The Angry Bat.


The overall winner will be awarded with a 3000 EUR prize money – no strings attached. The runner up gets 500 EUR. We also added a new 1000 EUR prize for the best photobook published in south eastern Europe (eligible countries for the SE Europe award: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Romania, Serbia). The prizes go to the applicant!



Copyrights & Usage Rights:

The publishing house and the photographers. Books stay in the permanent collection of The Angry Bat.