About the Book Awards

Celebrating excellence in photography and moving image publishing

The Awards

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). 


Submissions are welcome for books that meet the following criteria:

  • The book must be published in the previous calendar year (e.g. books eligible for the 2020 Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards were published between 1 January and 31 December 2019). 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 eight 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.

Full terms and conditions for the 2021 Kraszna-Krausz Awards will be published here later in the Autumn. Please check back soon.


The Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards take place annually. The call for submissions is issued each Autumn and the deadline for submission of forms and book copies is in January.

The long and shortlisted titles are usually announced in March, and the winners are normally celebrated at an event in May. This year, due to the Covid pandemic, the awards have taken a different format. Please see the 2020 Book Awards page for more information.

Dates relating to the 2021 Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards will be published here later in the Autumn. Please check back soon.

How to enter

Submissions are welcome from publishers, authors, collectives and individuals self-publishing their work.

If you would like to enter a book for the 2021 Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards you will need to do the following:

  • complete a submission form
  • supply a digital sample or pdf of the book
  • supply 5-7 high resolution files (including the book cover)
  • Send 3 hard copies of the submitted title (one copy will be distributed to each of the three judges).

The call for submissions for the 2021 Awards will be issued later in the Autumn. Please check back here soon, or sign up to our mailing list (designating ‘publisher’ from the tick box options) and you will receive a notification.

The submission form, all other entry details and the Award terms and conditions will be published on this page.

How will the books be judged?

The judging panel consists 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 previous judges can be found here.

In the opinion of the judges, winning books should make a significant contribution to the art, scholarship, 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.