Encontros da Imagem - Photobook Award 2023
Encontros da Imagem - Photobook Award 2023
Encontros da Imagem - Photobook Award 2023
Essay for the Future


The Open Call for the Photobook Award EI 2023, is open to all artists, professional or amateur, national or international, over 18 years old. Artists may participate on an individual basis or as a collective.

Only self-made, self-edited and independent photobooks will be accepted. If the project is a dummy, it should be the closest to its final form, in the materials used and its format. Special attention will be paid to experimentalism and innovation in forms of publication.

Application of photobooks that have already been published by publishing houses will not be accepted.


An international jury will select 30 finalists for a collective exhibition to present in Braga, Portugal, between the 15th of September and the 28th of October, during the 33rd edition of the festival.

Among the 30 finalists, one cash prize of 1.000€ will be awarded to the winner.

The finalists of this award will be announced in Encontros da Imagem website and other communication channels of the festival.


For the application to be considered, there must be a registration and submission of the project through Picter's platform, subject to the following conditions:

Each application costs 20,00€;

Each project submitted will be considered a single application;

Each candidate can submit a maximum of 3 photobooks, that will be considered 3 separate applications;

The deadline for the open call is 5th of May, 2023.


The projects will be evaluated by a national and international jury, specialized and with vast experience in the area.

In a first moment, through the online platform Picter, the jury will select from all the applicants 30 finalists, for this it is essential to submit all the required information (images, book pdf, synopsis, biography/cv), so that the jury can carry out a well informed and complete evaluation of all projects.

After this evaluation, the 30 finalists will be contacted by the organization and will be invited to send the selected photobook to the festival in Portugal, in order to finalize the application for the prize:

a. The final evaluation will be made in a meeting of the jury, through the analysis of the 30 physical photobook. At this moment they will choose the winner of the award.

b. The finalist photobooks received by the festival will not be returned. After the exhibition they will become part of the festival archive, being immediately incorporated into the library of Galeria da Estação - EI for public consultation.


After the announcement of the finalist projects, the authors should send the selected photobooks until the 30th of June 2023.

To ensure the application is considered for the prize it needs to have the post stamp before that date, even if the book arrives after the mentioned date.

The selected finalists should send their photobook to the following address:

Encontros da Imagem - Festival de Fotografia e Artes Visuais

Photobook Award EI.2023

A/C: Carla Bacelar Ferreira / Noora Manty

Largo da Estação, 40 - Salas 5 e 6

4700-223 Braga


Please write in the outside of the package the following message:


If the packaging of the photobooks are held up in customs, the applicant will be responsible for paying the customs clearance costs.

Contact: eibooks@encontrosdaimagem.com

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