Designer Bookbinders International Bookbinding Competition 2022
In association with the Bodleian Libraries, Oxford, and supported by Mark Getty

Registration is now closed for the Designer Bookbinders International Bookbinding Competition 2022. All those binders registered will have received their submission numbers and Entry information and forms. Please send your bindings in between 2nd August - 27th August 2021 following all the instructions sent. Judging will take place in September. The prizegiving will take place during the summer of 2022.

Information about the competition, along with the rules can be found here.

The chosen theme of plants, gardens and anything connected with flora helps celebrate the 400th Anniversary of the founding of the Oxford Botanic Gardens, the oldest Botanic Garden in Great Britain and one of the oldest Scientific gardens in the world.

Plants play a central role to life on Earth. They have provided food, clothing, shelter & medicines for many centuries. Plants have many symbolic uses in art, mythology and literature and gardens have provided employment, leisure and enjoyment throughout history. There are many and varied texts available on this expansive subject.

There is no set book. It is hoped that entrants will be stimulated by the opportunity to produce or source a text of their choice to work with and feel encouraged to make use of a wide range of structures, materials and design techniques. It is worth noting that many collectors place great importance on the quality of the text as well as the style of binding.

If you have already registered for the competition but have lost any of the forms sent to you, you can download copies with the links below:

Entry Form • Entrant Check List • Data Protection Form

Two major prizes will be awarded in honour of Sir Paul Getty KBE (1932-2003), one of our greatest book collectors and a passionate advocate for the art and craft of bookbinding.

Sir Paul Getty Bodleian Bookbinding Prizes:
1st Prize - £10,000
2nd Prize - £6,000

Silver Prizes:
A further 25 highly-commended entrants will receive a silver prize.

Oxford University Students' Choice: £500

The prizewinners will be announced at the Award Ceremony which will take place in Oxford in June 2022. There are plans for a new event: a 'Festival of Bookbinding' to take place at the Bodleian at the same time.

The Jury will be made up of an international panel of judges who will be looking for a high standard of craftsmanship and technical ability with relation to the bookbinding process. Successful entries will show evidence of good forwarding and structural functionality, together with original, innovative and accomplished design.

Exhibition / Catalogue
The exhibition of selected entries, including all the prizewinners, will open during the event in Oxford at the Bodleian Library in late June 2022. This will showcase the finest bookbinding talent from around the world. A full-colour catalogue will be produced illustrating all entries. Every entrant will receive a copy of the catalogue, together with a signed Certificate of Participation.

Sourcing texts

There are a number of websites with good quality texts in a wide selection of versions, languages and prices. Here are a few examples to help with your search:
Private and small press and publishing sites in your country






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