We often share GOSTs great publications in our regular PHOTOBOOK FAVOURITES round ups, and we really appreciate the work they do, so when we saw this call for entries we wanted to share it with you. We’ve always been very careful about the competitions and calls for entries that we share, and we really do believe that this is one worth supporting and getting involved with.


Founded in 2012, GOST Books is an independent visual arts and photography publisher based in London.

GOST prides themselves on an uncategorisable output of diverse subject matter and design: from a chronicle of seven men claiming to be the Messiah; a study of Turkish soap operas; art works inspired by the largest breeding grounds for flamingos in the Southern Hemisphere; archive photographs from the Mexico City police department; to portraits of winners of state-run competitions in Belarus.

Their aim is to not only provide a platform for the work of emerging artists but contribute to print legacies of masters in the medium.


The ICP / GOST First Photo Book Award is open to artists of any age, working in the medium of photography whose work has yet to be published in book form by a mainstream publisher. The Call for Entries is now open and will run until 11.59 EST on 09 November 2020. The shortlist and winner will be announced in the winter.

The winner of the inaugural ICP / GOST First Photo Book Award was Nancy Floyd for the series ‘Weathering Time.’ The five shortlisted photographers were Ignacio Colo, Ciaran Dunbar, Richard Andrew Sharum, Camillo Pasquarelli and Federico Vespignani. Read more here.


The 2020 jury panel are:
Jacqueline Bates – Photography Director of The California Sunday Magazine
Mark Lubell – Executive Director, International Center of Photography, New York
John Edwin Mason – Writer, academic and photographer
Stuart Smith – Director, GOST Books
Lindokuhle Sobekwa – Photographer
Cemre Yeşil Gönenli – Photographer, publisher and FiLBooks Director

You can read the jury’s biographies here.


ENTER HERE The entry fee is $35.




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