From the 2016 winner, The Swamp by Sofia Borges.

The First Book Award is a photography publishing prize open to photographers who have not previously had a book published by a third party publishing house (this does not include self-published print on demand projects).

The award was established in 2012 to support emerging photographers. The call for submissions emphasises a predilection for projects conceived in book form: works that find a voice through the book.

The award is not an open submission. Each year, a diverse array of international nominators are asked to recommend suitable projects.

The 2016 shortlist was announced in April 2016 and the winning work, The Swamp by Sofia Borges, announced at the opening of Photo London at Somerset House, London, on 18 May 2016.

Borges exhibited her work in a special display that replicated her studio walls at Photo London 2016, in an exhibition to coincide with the award announcement.

Previous winners include: Anne Sophie Merryman (2012), Paul Salveson (2013), Joanna Piotrowska (2014) and Ciarán Óg Arnold (2015).

We are grateful for the support of:

Media Space, London
National Media Museum, Bradford
Wilson Centre for Photography
Kraszna Krausz Foundation
John Kobal Foundation