About the Book Awards

Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards 2023

Submissions for the 2023 Awards have now closed. Please see the 2023 Book Awards page for details of the winners and longlisted books for this year’s prizes.

Thanks to all the authors, artists and publishers who have entered their books.

The Awards: Celebrating excellence in photography and moving image publishing

The annual Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards recognise individuals or groups of individuals who, in the opinion of the Judges, have made an outstanding original or lasting contribution to the literature of or concerning the art and practice of photography or the moving image. Two winning titles are selected; one in the field of photography and one in the field of the moving image (including film, television and digital media). 


Books are required to meet the following criteria:

  • The book must be published between the the previous calendar year (i.e. books eligible for the 2023 Awards were published between 1 January and 31 December 2022). The copyright date on the colophon determines the publication year.
  • The book must be published, distributed or available to buy (including online) in the UK.
  • Non-English language books must be accompanied by an English language translation of all text. English language translations first published within the qualifying period are eligible.
  • Submissions in the Photography Book award category must contain a significant textual element (image-only books are not eligible).
  • Submissions are welcome from publishers, authors, collectives and individuals self-publishing their work. Self-published titles must have been released in a minimum print run of 100 copies.
  • Publishers may submit up to six different titles.
  • New editions of books are eligible. However, reprints or revised books should have a significant amount of new material, and the original or earlier editions should not have been previously long-listed for the awards.

Awards Timeline

The Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards take place annually. Submissions to the 2023 Awards have now closed.

The longlisted titles were announced in April, followed by subsequent shortlist and winner announcements through May and June. We will be curating events celebrating each of the 2023 winners’ books with the artists present. These will take place in London in the Autumn in collaboration with the Barbican for the Moving Image book award – including a screening and conversation; and with the V&A South Kensington for the Photography book award. Further details of the 2023 Award events will be confirmed here so please check back or sign up to our newsletter to receive updates.

The call for the 2024 Awards will be issued in November 2023.

How to enter

Submissions for the Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards are invited from publishers, authors, collectives and individuals self-publishing their work. There is no entry fee.

The entry form and details about what to submit will be posted on this page when the next awards cycle commences in November 2024. If you would like to enter a book, you will need to do the following:

  • Complete a submission form
  • Supply a digital sample or pdf of the book
  • Supply 5 high resolution files from the book (including the book cover)
  • Send 3 hard copies of the submitted title (once eligibility is confirmed).

How will the books be judged?

The judging panel will consist of three internationally recognised experts in their specialist fields. There are separate panels for the photography and moving image awards. Previous judges have been drawn from the worlds of fine art, photography, film, galleries, museums, academia and publishing. The names of the current and previous judges can be found here.

In the opinion of the judges, winning books should make a significant contribution to the art, history, research, criticism, science or conservation of photography or the moving image. In addition to the visual and written content, submissions are judged on the standards of production, format and design.

From the total submissions, a long list of ten books is selected in each category by the judges. This is then reduced to shortlists of three, from which two final winning publications are chosen. The author/s or editor/s of each winning book receive a £5,000 cash prize.