Photobook Independent announces the return of our Photobook Competition for 2017. Selected books will be exhibited and for sale at Photobook Independent and will be featured on the Photobooks International website and in their marketing campaign.

PhotobooksPhotobook Independent will take place at The Reef in downtown Los Angeles, April 21-23, 2017 together with Photo Independent, and The Los Angeles Festival of Photography.

Now in it’s 4th year, the Photo Independent weekend celebrates international photography and talented image-makers across various genres of the medium.

Photobook Independent will include curatorial walk-throughs, book signings, artist talks and other 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.

Think Tank PhotoSix (6) photobooks (3 self-published + 3 from publishers) will be chosen as Best in Show and will be honored at the Fair and Festival. Winners will also each receive a Think Tank bag.

The 2017 PhotoBook Competition Jurors are:

  • Rudi Bianchi, Photo Collector
  • Marissa Caichiolo, Curator and Executive Director, Building Bridges Art Exchange
  • Chris Davies, Publisher, Fabrik Magazine
  • Kio Griffith, Artist; Designer; Writer; Curator
  • Sarah Lee, Curator
  • Douglas Stockdale, Photographer, Author/Book Artist, Photobook Reviewer, Curator


The Photobook Independent 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, or from an on-demand service such as Blurb, Lulu, Apple Books, etc.; created by publishing companies; or have been hand-made/hand-bound. Dummy books and PDFs will be accepted, though actual books are preferred, so they can be offered for sale at PhotoBook Independent.

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


PhotobooksThe submission fees are as follows:

  • $25 for 1 book
  • $35 for 2 books
  • $45 for 3 books


The deadline for the 2017 Photobook Competition is March 30, 2017. Entries must be received (in hand) no later than April 1, 2017

Winners will be notified in early April.

To enter:

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

Fabrik Media/Photobook 2017
269 S. Beverly Drive, #1234
Beverly Hills, CA 90212

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 Fabrik Media.

Winning Photobook photographers and publishers will have the option of sending additional books to have for sale at the fair. Winners need not be present at the Fair.

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.


The fair shall do their utmost to keep all consigned books and photographs in good condition while in the Fair’s possession. However, the Fair shall not be liable to the artist for their loss or damage.


PhotobooksPhotobook Independent and all competition winners will be marketed through various partnerships and across multiple platforms including print, web and social media. By submitting to this show the artist agrees that images of selected books or photographs can be used to promote the show in publicity, catalogs, social media and website promotions. Copyright credit will be given to the artist. Submission of entry constitutes agreement to all conditions in this Call for Entries and Entry Form.

Click here to submit your Photobook