The fast-growing interest in photobooks worldwide has paved a new way for showcasing and appreciating photography in Asia. The SIPF Open Call for Photobooks hopes to foster greater creative exchange and bring fresh inspiration to the local scene, by assembling a collection of the most creative photobooks from all over the world in one exhibition.

The Open Call for Photobooks will be judged by an international panel of jury. Winners and finalists will be announced at the opening ceremony of the 6th Singapore International Photography Festival. The inaugural Photobooks exhibition will showcase the works of winners and finalists, curated by THEBOOKSHOW. The exhibition will be featured as a highlight of the SIPF before travelling to other cities in Asia to connect to more audiences.


The Open Call for Photobooks has two categories for submission. 

  1.  Dummy Photobook
    The Photobook submitted for this category should be a hardcopy photobook handmade by the artist. It should bear the likeness to the actual offset copy that the artist may plan to publish. The Dummy Photobook must not exceed 100 copies and must not have an ISBN. The SIPF Open Call for Photobooks prefers recent creations made between 2016 – 2018.
  2. Published Photobook
    There is an increasing number of publishers, independent press and collectives passionate about presenting photography in the book form, and relentlessly putting forth well-crafted photobooks. This category recognises their efforts and aims to expose their works to a wider audience. The Photobook submitted for this category can be a self-published photobook or a photobook made by publisher. The Photobook must have an official ISBN.


Two prizes to be won!

  • SGD$8,000 Printing Voucher by festival printer, Dominie Press Singapore.
    Dominie Press Singapore is an established lithographic printing company started in 1979. Over the years, it has earned a reputation for high-quality prints and full-colour products, with a stellar portfolio of innovative and award-winning works.
  • One Photobook to be published by Steidl Publishing, Germany.
    Steidl is an international publisher of photobooks, and a printing company, based in Göttingen, Germany
  • Jury Selection Showcase
    Panel Jury will select 60 best photobooks to exhibit at the National Design Centre Singapore from 5 to 30 September 2018.

How to Submit?

  1. Register for an account at
  2. Log in to your account.
  3. Update your profile. Please include latest artist biography / CV
  4. Select the category “Photobooks”
  5. Upload
    – Book Cover
    – Book Spreads
    Completed Photobook Open Call Form*
    Description of photobook. Indicate book status: year of publish, and indicated whether book is self-published. All written information must be uploaded in English. Ensure that all information is complete before moving on to the next step.
  6. Proceed to make the payment USD$30 to confirm your submission.
    To submit another photobook entry, please repeat the procedure from Step 2.
  7. Print the completed form and mail it along with the physical copy of your book to the SIPF Festival Office. The Open Call only accepts hardcopy photobooks. Softcopy/electronic photobooks will not be accepted.
    The physical copy of your book must arrive at the SIPF Festival Office by 31 July 2018, all late entries will be disqualified. SIPF is not responsible for the condition of the books upon arrival at the office. Applicants are advised to package the book with proper protection for postage delivery.

    Attn: SIPF Photobooks Open Call
    DECK – 120A Prinsep Street
    Singapore 187937

Submission Deadline: 31 July 2018, 23:59, Singapore Time, UTC/GMT +8

All submissions must be completed in English. Changes to photobook entry cannot be made after completion of PayPal payment. For further assistance on submission, please read our FAQ or contact

All submitted entries will be archived as part of the library collection at DECK. Entries that are not shortlisted can be self-collected by the applicant from the DECK office after 31 October 2018. Shipment and registered postage for book return can be arranged at the cost of the applicant.