Photobook Award 2023 Encontros da Imagem

Only self-made photobooks will be accepted


As part of the 33rd edition of Encontros da Imagem - International Photography and Visual Arts festival, the open call for the Photobook Award EI 2023 is now open. This competition is juried by editors, publishers and other professionals in the publishing industry.

Aware that photography books have gained, in recent years, a leading role in the promotion of photography projects through creative processes of storytelling, it's Encontros da Imagem intention to promote independent authors as well as their body of work. Since 2014, the festival has strove to be a privileged channel for photobook dissemination and promotion, carrying out the Photobook Award 2023, inviting all interested artists to apply for the prize with their photobook.

Only self-made photobooks will be accepted, meaning artist books, with more or less handcrafted production, original, personal and independent. Books that have been published or have received a commitment to publish from any publisher until the moment of application won't be considered for the award. If the project is a dummy, it should be the closest to its final form, in the materials used and its format.


An international jury will select 30 finalists for a collective exhibition to present in Braga, Portugal, between the 15th of September and the 28th of October, during the 33rd edition of the festival.

Among the 30 finalists, one cash prize of 1.000€ will be awarded for the winner.


The Open Call for the Photobook Award EI 2023, is open to all artists, professional or amateur, national or international, over 18 years old. Artists may participate on an individual basis or as a collective. Only self-made, self-edited and independent photobooks will be accepted. If the project is a dummy, it should be the closest to its final form, in the materials used and its format. Special attention will be paid to experimentalism and innovation in forms of publication. Application of photobooks that have already been published by publishing houses will not be accepted.

Copyrights & Usage Rights:

Copyrights of the work remain with the artist.

The finalist photobooks received by the festival will not be returned. After the exhibition they will become part of the festival archive, being immediately incorporated into the library of Galeria da Estação - EI for public consultation.


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