Arles Photography festival is one of the biggest and most important photography events in Europe. The festival takes place in a historical town of Arles in the south of France. This year hundreds of talented artists and photographers gathered here for the 49th time (the first festival took place in the summer of 1970). The event is always accompanied by the contest of the Best photography book. The contest is very popular attracting hundreds of applicants every year.
Photography books and albums are publications that require extreme precision and thoroughness, both in preparing the photographs and in ensuring their impeccable print quality. Every year, dozens or even hundreds of competitions take place around the world, and lists are published naming the best, the most beautiful and the most creative publications. Many photographers hope that their art books and photographic albums will get noticed, but bearing in mind the very stiff competition this can be extremely difficult. So it is always great to see photographers' hard work rewarded and getting the recognition they deserve.