Opening: November 12, 2018
Deadline: January 21, 2019
Entry fee: Free
Prizes: publication of book, exhibition in London
The First Book Award is a photography prize for photographers and artists who have not previously had their work published by a third party publishing house. This does not include self-published books or print-on-demand projects.
- Submissions must consist of coherent book projects and not portfolios of images in book form.
- Any text within the book must be supplied with an English translation.
- All submissions must be received as paper book dummies. Digital submissions in the form of PDFs, ebooks or apps will not be considered.
Website of Photo Contest: firstbookaward.com
First Book Award 2018 Winner
Winner: TTP by Hayahisa Tomiyasu
TTP is a series of photographs made from the window of Hayahisa Tomiyasu’s eighth-floor student apartment in the German city of Leipzig. His southfacing view encompasses a public park with a ping pong table, which is the focus of his deadpan pictures. Each image is similarly composed, while the times of day, the seasons and the visitors to the table change. As we turn the page the function of the table mutates, from a tischtennisplatte (table tennis table) to a sun bed, a skate obstacle, a laundry counter, a kids’ climbing frame, a work-out meeting spot, and a refuge from busy streets, among numerous other uses. Thanks to Tomiyasu’s sustained curiosity, we observe the habits, humour and idiosyncrasies of human behaviour at the foot of this humble table.
Hayahisa Tomiyasu was born in 1982 Kanagawa,Japan. After studying photography at Tokyo Polytechnic University, he moved to Leipzig, Germany to study under Peter Piller. He currently lives between Leipzig and Zurich, where he now teaches.
The First Book Award 2018 is published with support from Wilson Centre for Photography, Kraszna-Krausz Foundation and optimal media.