Concurso Internacional da "World Biennials of Art Bookbinding"


Regulation of the contest

Article 1. The association "World Biennials of Art Bookbinding" organizes a contest of art bookbinding all odd years, using a book title chosen by it and especially printed to that effect.

Article 2. The association encourages professional and amateur bookbinders to enrol in the contest, by means of mailing or press reports in magazines. By enrolling in the contest, participants accept to conform to the regulations 

Article 3. Enrolment in the contest entitles the participants to:

  • the postal consignment of one copy of the book (in sections),
  • the insertion into the contest’s catalogue,
  • the presentation of the binding during the exhibition,
  • the return of the book to the participant,  after the end of the exhibition.

Article 4. Only the participants whose binding is present at the exhibition recieve a free catalogue.

Article 5The staff of the association reserves the right to accept or to refuse an enrolment without having to justify its decision.

Article 6. The association sets the theme of every contest and the amount of prizes assigned.

Article 7. Prizes are remitted in the respective laureates’ presence only. No prize consignment is done. In case of non-delivery, prizes remain the property of the association.

Article 8. The association nominates the Jury members. The Jury’s decisions are irrevocable. The other assigned prizes are of the goodwill of the donors, in presence of the members of the Jury.

Article 9. The staff of the association will examine any dispute and its decisions are irrevocable.

Article10. The Court of Justice of Versailles is competent to settle all litigation that would not have been solved amicably with the Office of the Association.   

The Chairwoman                                The Secretary


Competition procedures

The "World Biennials of Art Bookbinding" aim to promote the art of bookbinding through a contest held every 2 years.

The principle of the contest is simple : the association selects a book from French literature, has it printed on Arches Vellum and offers it in January of even years to both amateur and professional bookbinders all over the world.

Every participant has until May 15th of the following year to achieve the bookbinding of his/her choice. No constraint is imposed relating to the shapes, techniques and materials used, but the perfection of the realization will be the jury's key decision factor.

An international Jury of professionals attributes several prizes in cash, other awards are offered by official and private sponsors.

Each Biennial ends with the exhibition in September (odd years) of all the bindings presented to the Jury.

Awarding of prizes

As soon as we receive a binding, it is registered with a number (in chronological order) .

All the bindings are presented anonymously to the Jury and each juror selects 20 bindings, which are then gathered on a central table.

The jurors then give points to each pre-selected binding for each of the following criteria : quality of the realization, originality of the materials used, technical performance, consistency with the subject and overall aesthetics.

When we add all the points, we obtain the final score of each binding and the prizes will be awarded accordingly.

We proceed in the same way for the bookbinding schools after having re-assembled the bindings that had been pre-selected for an individual prize.

As for the prizes given by our sponsors: we show them the rest of the pre-selected bindings, but it may happen that they have a preference for another book and do not follow the opinion of the jury.

Only after the attribution of all the awards do we disclose the identity of the winners.


Thema 2019

camusAlbert Camus, born November 7, 1913 in Algeria, and killed at the age of 46 in a road accident, is a French writer, philosopher, novelist, playwright, and essayist. He is also a militant journalist engaged in the French Resistance and close to the libertarian currentsin the moral battles of the post-war period.

In his works he develops a humanism based on the awareness of the absurd of the human condition but also on revolt as a response to the absurd, revolt that leads to action and gives meaning to the world and to existence, and «then comes the strange joy that helps to live and die». He received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1957. The Outsider (Stranger) his first novel, published in 1942, is ranked 1st in the French list established in 1999 of the 100 best  books of the twentieth century. Camus describes the life of an office worker in Algiers who behaves as if his life did not make any sense. On trial after a murder, Meursault appears to his judges as inhuman, a stranger.

This novel is the greatest success of Camus. It has been translated into 60 languages and sold more than 7 million copies worldwide.



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