LACP's First Annual Photo Book Competition- 2019

Los Angeles Center of Photography

Los Angeles, CA

About the Competition

The Los Angeles Center of Photography is pleased to announce its first Photo Book Competition. Prize winners and selected books from each category will be shown during the Portfolio Walk on Friday, September 13, 2019 at EXPOSURE Weekend at the Hotel MdR in Marina del Rey and will be on view at the Los Angeles Center of Photography (LACP) in Hollywood from September 16 – October 16, 2019.

Now in its 5th year, the EXPOSURE Weekend celebrates photography in all forms and includes portfolio reviews, workshops, seminars, panel discussions and networking events. This is an incredible opportunity to reach an audience of photo book lovers and collectors in Los Angeles and environs, and to have your book featured on our website, social media and other marketing platforms.


1) Self-published (blurb, lulu etc) and all hand-made and artists books
2) Published works from any commercial publisher


1st Prize and two Honorable Mentions from each category will be honored at the EXPOSURE Weekend and featured in our newsletter and on social media.

In addition, the jurors will pick 15-20 exemplary Photo Books to be displayed during the Portfolio Walk at EXPOSURE Weekend and at the Los Angeles Center of Photography. Photographers will be notified of their acceptance in the Photo Book Exhibition. Winners need not be present.

The Jurors

Douglas Stockdale, Editor/Publisher of the PhotoBook Journal
Gerhard Clausing Associate Editor, the PhotoBook Journal; Editor/Publisher, SoCal PhotoExchange Journal

Important Dates: 

Deadline for Submission: Thursday, August 8, 2019

Notice of Acceptance: Thursday, August 29, 2019

Show Opening at Hotel MdR: Friday, September 13, 7-8 pm, 2019

Show Dates at Los Angeles Center of Photography: September 16 – October 16, 2019


Eligibility and Guidelines

LACP’s Photo Book competition is open to all photographers and publishers in the United States and abroad. Entrants may submit books of any size, format, or style. Submitted books may be self-published, such as from an on-demand service such as Blurb, Lulu, Apple Books, etc.; have been hand-made/hand-bound or created by a publishing companies; Dummy books will be accepted, though published books are preferred.

Submissions will be judged on book design, including page layouts, text, cover, strength of the photography, quality of the book as an object, and emotional impact of the overall book. All judging is at the complete discretion of the jurors and all decisions are final.

All submissions must be original works created by the submitting photographer or be submitted by a publisher who has permission to submit the work.

By entering, the photographer or publisher warrants that the submission does not infringe any third party’s rights, and that you have obtained all necessary permissions from any third party. Once entered, all Submissions are final; no changes or edits may be made to your book.

Acceptance Notice

All entrants will receive an email from LACP with a list of artists selected for the show. The selected images and artists’ names will also be posted on LACP’s website.

Entry Fee

· $25 for 1 book (Members), $35 (Non-Members)
· $35 for 2 books(Members), $40 (Non Members)
· $40 for 3 books (Members), $50 (Non Members)



Liability and Agreement

Each photographer retains all copyrights to his or her books. Photographers whose submissions are chosen for the exhibition grant the Los Angeles Center of Photography (LACP) the right to use their books (cover artwork) for display on LACP’s website and for the purpose of promoting exhibitions, promoting LACP’s programs, and promoting the artist. Promotions and images may also be placed on social networks for LACP with artist credit. Artists grant the use of their books(s) as stated without further contact from LACP. LACP shall do their utmost to keep all consigned books and photographs in good condition while in the LACP’s possession. However, the books will be on view and handled by the public, so LACP shall not be liable to the artist for their loss or damage.

How to Enter

· Full out the form on Submittable’s website including uploading a JPEG file of your book cover(s)
· Pay Submission Fee
· Mail one copy of each book submitted to the following address:

Attn, PhotoBook Competition
Los Angeles Center of Photography
1515 Wilcox Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90028

If you would like the book returned, you must include a pre-addressed mailing label and sufficient postage. Otherwise your book will become the property of the Los Angeles Center of Photography’s library.

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