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.
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.